Rings, bracelets, necklaces and barrettes are just some of the different types of jewelry that can be made with botanical materials. (Carrie Monforte)

Rings, bracelets, necklaces and barrettes are just some of the different types of jewelry that can be made with botanical materials. (Carrie Monforte)

Botanical jewelry workshop on Whidbey Island set for April 10

Carrie Monforte of the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Department will lead the $45 class.

Nature lovers will have a chance to create their very own jewelry from their favorite plants this spring.

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation will hold a botanical jewelry workshop, where students will make rings, bracelets, barrettes or pins using succulents and florets.

“Amateur floral aficionado” and Recreation Supervisor Carrie Monforte will be leading the class.

Monforte has spent the past few years practicing the craft, crediting Whidbey wedding planner and floral artist Tobey Nelson with teaching her how to make the jewelry.

“It’s definitely temporary art,” Monforte said. “Just the process is fun.”

Monforte has taught a few other classes on the subject, but this will be her first time directing it for the Parks and Recreation department.

A mixture of moss and floral adhesive attach the succulents and florets to the metal base of the jewelry.

A piece of botanical jewelry can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on which plants are used.

“If you’re using dried elements, it will last as long as you treat it good for a long time,” Monforte said.

The class will take place 3 to 4:30 p.m. on April 10 in Room 111 of the Parks and Recreation building, 5475 Maxwelton Road, Langley.

Refreshments will be provided. The cost to attend is $45, which includes materials. Register at swparks.org/event/botanical-jewelry. Space is limited to 10 students.

If the demand is present, Monforte said she is considering holding a second class this year around Mother’s Day, so students can make gifts or bring their mother with them to experience the workshop.

“One of the great outcomes of this kind of workshop is seeing how different each person’s work turns out,” she said. “(They’re) all lovely, but you see folks’ personality come through.”

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