Use of plants for craftsmanship

As you know, handicraft is an activity that aims to produce a specific product using manual and traditional techniques by the artisan.
Here, plants have also played a crucial role, namely in the creation of instruments, tools, but also adornments, such as necklaces made from threads from plants and seeds, flower crowns to adorn the hair, fabrics made from the fibres of various plants, traditional straw baskets, among others.

When we buy a handmade object, made with the craftsman's care, effort and commitment, we can also perceive some history behind it, unlike when we buy a mass-produced object.

With the increased concern for the "health of our planet", there is a greater desire to think of alternatives to the mass production of objects to reduce environmental impact and promote the creation of unique things.
And we can all contribute; all we have to do is let our imagination run wild! So therefore, we launched an exercise using seeds to make necklaces and bracelets.


- seeds (use seeds that you have at home: pumpkin, orange, lemon, cherries, peaches);
- natural pigments or paints of various colours;
- thin sisal string or other;
- needle.



  1. Open a pumpkin and remove the seeds.
  2. Wash the seeds so that they are free of residues.
  3. Place the seeds inside the organic pigments (see previous activity) and leave them for one day.
  4. Wash them with water and let them dry.
  5. Pass a sisal thread (or other thread) through a needle and tie a knot at the end of the line.
  6. With an adult to guide you, pass the needle through the various seeds, taking care not to prick yourself.
  7. Finally, tie a knot at the other end and cut the line (ensure the line is long enough to fit over your hand or head).
  8. Tie the 2 ends of the line with a knot, and reinforce them with another knot.



Carolina Marques, a 6thB student at Josefa de Óbidos Secondary School, created her handicraft differently. "As I didn't have pumpkin seeds, I used macaroni".


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