Twig Frame: A Natural Art Project for Kids

Head outside to collect some twigs, then turn them into a rustic frame for your artwork with this simple kids’ craft project.

Nature has been an inspiration to artists ever since people began making art. You can make some fantastic art using objects found right in your backyard — like twigs that you can glue together to make a picture frame.

Photo © Andrew Greto Photography, excerpted from Art Sparks

It’s fun to walk outside and find things from nature that inspire you. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you do:

Take your time and look around so you don’t miss anything.

Be respectful of rules and of other living creatures. Make sure you have permission to take things if you are in someone else’s yard or a public space. Try not to disturb (and definitely don’t take) anything that seems like an animal relies on it or lives in it — like an active bird’s nest or a chrysalis.

Clean off what you find, if necessary, before you turn it into art.

Twig Frame

Use this rustic frame for any small drawing or painting you make. Sticks for this project can be smooth or bumpy.

What You’ll Need

  • Paintbrush
  • Piece of cardboard the size of the drawing you’re framing
  • White glue
  • Drawing to frame
  • 4 sticks
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun
  • Piece of twine or string

Step 1. Use the paintbrush to cover the cardboard in white glue. Press your drawing onto the cardboard and set it aside to dry.

Photo © Andrew Greto Photography, excerpted from Art Sparks

Step 2. Have a grown-up cut the sticks so that they match the four sides of your drawing.

Photo © Andrew Greto Photography, excerpted from Art Sparks

Step 3. Use the hot glue gun to glue the sticks around the edges of your drawing and to attach the two ends of the twine to the back of the frame, near the top.

Photo © Andrew Greto Photography, excerpted from Art Sparks


Marion Abrams

Marion Abrams

About the Author

Marion Abrams began her career as a school art teacher and founded the Summer Art Barn in Hatfield, Massachusetts, in 1989, with a focus on nurturing creativity and teaching the joy of arts and crafts to children. Hilary Emerson Lay is a working artist and former bookstore manager who joined Marion Abrams as the assistant director of the Summer Art Barn in 2013. 

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