On a recent trip to one of Britain's finest arboretums, I took our trusty craft bag with us for when I would be presented with the obligatory sticks. The place was full of wonderful vistas and so I suggested to The Boy that he collect me four sticks of equal length and a variety of interesting treasure to decorate our finished product.
How To Make A Picture Frame
- 4 sticks of equal length, or 2 pairs of sticks of equal length
- natural string
- collection of leaves, conkers and pine cones to decorate the frame
- Swiss army knife
Encourage children to only choose twigs and natural 'treasures' found on the floor, creating a respect for the natural world.
- Lay the four sticks for the frame on top of each other to create a square. Carefully wind a length of string around each of the joins, overlapping and winding from one corner to the other. This will hold them in place.
- Complete for each corner, winding any extra string along the sides which will help create somewhere to secure the 'treasures'.
- Tie a selection of pine cones to the frame and thread leaves and flowers through the string.
- To attach conkers, I pierced a hole through the fruit to thread jewellery wire through and wind it onto the frame.
- Tie some string from two corners to create a loop to hang it from a tree in your garden at home!
- This activity is great for:
- fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination; winding the string around the sticks.
- design skills; how can we join the sticks together? Can we find items to make it look attractive?
- communication; questioning and discussion.
- self-esteem; achievement!
- having FUN!
'Create some wild art' is #18 on the National Trust's list of 50 Things To Do Before You're 11&¾