Natural Picture Frame

Natural Picture FrameSome of the best gifts I have received have been those given to me by my younger friends and relatives. I will always cherish my handmade clay paperweight that loosely resembles a turtle, as well as my popcorn kernel and cotton ball landscape mosaic. I'm sure you have your own set of favorite mementos.

A picture frame made of treasures found in the garden is a gift that you can help your children make that anyone would be happy to receive. It becomes extra special when combined with a school or family photo If you play your cards right, you might even turn out to be the lucky recipient.

Materials:

  • 2 pieces of 9"x12" cardboard, one piece cut with a 5" x 7" opening for a photograph, the second piece used for backing.
  • 5" x 7" photograph
  • Natural objects such as berries, leaves, feathers and small pebbles gathered from the garden or a walk in the neighborhood. Select lightweight objects that will be easy to glue to the frame. (If you are short on time, pick up a variety of dried beans or lentils from the grocery store.)
  • Twigs to be used as borders around the outer and inner edges of the frame
  • Sheet moss or colored paper for background
  • White glue
  • Tape
  • Thin copper wire

 

STEPS:

  1. Take a walk in your garden, around the neighborhood or through a park to gather natural objects.
  2. Sort through the objects with your children, allowing them time to pick out their favorite objects and plan their design.
  3. Set out the two pieces of cardboard.
  4. Cut the 5" x 7" opening for the photograph in one piece of cardboard to create the picture frame.
  5. Set aside the second piece of cardboard that will be used as the back, for later use.
  6. Cover the cardboard frame with glue, adhere either the sheet moss or the colored construction paper to the glued area.
  7. Outline the edges of the cardboard frame with twigs and glue them into place.
  8. Glue your found objects onto the moss or construction paper.
  9. Let dry overnight then tape a favorite picture to the back of the frame so that it faces out through the opening.
  10. Finish by making a picture hanger by putting two small holes in the cardboard back and threading copper wire through the holes. Twist it together to make a wire loop. Then glue the cardboard back to the frame.

 

HELPFUL TIPS:
Cut cardboard frame and back ahead of time.

Cereal boxes or recycled cardboard boxes can be used.

Sheet moss can be purchased from a florist or hobby store.

Cover work table with newspaper.

This is an easy project and a great way to spend time with your children during the holidays.

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