How to Make Fabulous 3D Nature Pictures

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

The kids are constantly picking up bits and pieces when we are out on our walks, so we generally have an abundance of twigs, seed-heads and pine-cones scattered around our kitchen – after all you never know when you might need an interesting twig!

Create fabulous 3D pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks #30DaysWild

When the lovely weather we have been having ended here last week, my daughter and I decided it was a good opportunity to have an after school crafting session, and give some of them a more permanent home. We decided to make some 3D nature pictures with our finds.

First my daughter worked out a rough idea for the 3D pictures. She wanted to make dragonflies for one, and owls for the other.

Create fabulous 3D pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks #30DaysWild

As you can see we had a couple of 3D picture frames that we decided to use, but there is no reason why you couldn’t do the same thing in the lid of a shoe box or similar.

Create fabulous 3D pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks #30DaysWildWe had the idea of using some marine gravel we had tucked away as a background for her dragonflies. She covered the board with a thick layer of PVA glue and scattered the gravel on top. Once it had dried she simply tipped the excess off. For the Owl picture she used charcoal to darken the background a little.

Create fabulous 3D pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks #30DaysWild

Once the backgrounds were ready she simply placed her objects and fixed them in place. We used a hot glue gun which  is probably the easiest way to do this.
Create fabulous 3D pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks #30DaysWild

And here are our completed 3D nature pictures. My daughter likes the dragonflies best, but I think the owls are cute too.Create fabulous 3D pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks #30DaysWild

For more nature craft inspiration check out our Sticky Nature Cards and our sweet little Teasel Hedgehogs.

Create fabulous 3D art and pictures out of natural objects such as bark and seeds that you find out on your wild walks

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4 comments

Nikki Frank-Hamilton June 19, 2016 - 7:47 pm

I can’t choose! I love them both. They would look great hung together. I would never guess from a distance that these are found objects, but that makes them so much more fun and interesting! I see your daughter is just as creative as her mom!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 7:56 pm

I’ve always wanted one of those display tables, that the Victorians used to have (I think Mary over at The Boondocks Blog made her own), and these pictures put me in mind of them. She definitely does have a creative streak 🙂

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Cal at Family Makes June 19, 2016 - 10:43 am

I love this idea, and the lid of a shoebox is a great substitute too. Thanks for the inspiration once again.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:54 pm

Would love to see them if you give it a go 🙂

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