Nature art frames

For Day 7 of 30 days wild we had fun playing with nature art frames as we explored the woodland dens, lakes and wildflowers at Swanwick Lakes nature reserve.

Nature art frames are really simple to make, fun to play with and create some wonderful images.


You just need a recycled piece of cardboard, a pen and some scissors. We hate to waste anything and recycling and reusing materials is one of many small things we can all do to help the environment. So instead of throwing away old cardboard boxes we like to find ways to use them in crafts and activities.

To make your nature art frame you first need to draw a simple shape or picture onto the cardboard. Your shape or picture should have at least 1- 2 easy to cut out sections that you can then look through. We chose to make our frames butterfly and a heart shaped.


When you have cut out the see through sections of your frames, all you need to do is take them outside and hold them up against any of the interesting natural things you can see, like the sky, trees, flowers or grass for example.

The picture you see or create with the frames changes as you move the paper around. It is wonderful to see all the beautiful natural patterns, shapes and colours bring the pictures to life.


How about taking photos of the nature art pictures you make so you can compare the differences in backgrounds or print out the pictures to enjoy as proper artwork.


You could also take a photo of the same nature frame and place but at different times of year, to see how the seasons affect the landscape and colours around you.


It would be interesting to see what different kind of pictures you could make against the shore or sea compared to the same frames used in the woods against different types of leaves and tree bark.


Swanwick Lakes nature reserve is a beautiful and diverse nature reserve that is cared for by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. We love exploring the lakes, woodlands and meadow and have previously enjoyed their Wildlife Tots sessions and wild weekend activities. I thought it would be great to learn more about this fantastic nature reserve and the wonderful people behind it.

We asked Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to tell us all about the fascinating history, habitats and wildlife at Swanwick Lake nature reserve and they very kindly took the time to tell us all about it here.


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38 thoughts on “Nature art frames

      1. Hi Angela, thank you 🙂 all the activity ideas are free for anyone to try themselves and enjoy. Unless you mean ‘use’ in a different context, aka use it for something commercial in which case could you be more specific?


  1. What a lovely idea! So interesting to see all the different patterns and textures through them, and so pretty too.


    1. The children have loved exploring with them, it will be interesting to go back to the same places and different times of year to see how the colours and textures change throughout the seasons 🙂

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