If your kids' keepsakes from summer camp or autumn nature walks are showing up in nooks and crannies all over the house, here are some ways to creatively contain the treasures:
* Glue small pine cones or seashells on picture frames. Enlarge a photo from your vacation or from the place you collected the pine cones. Mat the photo and display it in the frame. Label the location and date on the matting.
* Use a glue gun (with adult assistance) or household glue to affix small shells, feathers, etc., to the top rim of kid-size sunglasses. Add beads, glitter and bows for more pizazz. Wear the sunglasses on a sunny day or use them for the makings of a costume for a backyard play or for Halloween.
* To create a unique vase for the kitchen table, glue the collectibles and craft supplies on the outside of an empty coffee can. Arrange dried weeds and colorful leaves in the can for a fabulous centerpiece. For fresh flowers, place a jar in the can, fill the jar with water and arrange the flowers.
King Features Syndicate