Winter is a time of being rooted, like a giant tree. I can’t think of a better material to use than sticks from trees who are sleeping and have left their bounty lying on the forest floor. I made these stick picture frames with my friends many years ago. Recently, as I pondered what to do with the pile of sticks laying on our porch, left over from our fall nature walks, I remembered what fun these were to create. You can also cut out pictures of fairies or gnomes and hang them in children’s rooms. They would make perfect winter holiday gifts filled with family photos or children’s artwork as well.
Photo or artwork
Four sticks, 3-5 inches longer than the artwork
3 yards wrapping material (fabric cut into strips, ribbon, yarn, or raffia)
To begin, take two sticks and cross them, leaving an inch or so sticking out on each end. Cut two ft. of wrapping material. Tie a knot around the sticks to hold them in place and begin wrapping in a figure 8 motion around both. When only three inches remain, tie a knot on what will be the backside of the frame. Also add 6-8 inches of ribbon or material for hanging to the top two corners
Repeat this step three more times, creating the square-shaped frame.
Cut four pieces of wrapping material long enough to reach your photo or picture to each corner of the stick frame. Punch holes in each of the four corners of your photo and attach each corner of the photo to the frame with the wrapping material.
Add ribbon or material for hanging to the top two corners.
You can also wrap in dried berries or flowers, or attach acorns to the frame to add more natural elements. Now you have a simple and fun nature-inspired frame!
Elise Bowan lives in Colorado with her husband, two amazing boys 12 & 1, and two crazy dogs. She is an avid gardener, baker & cook, holistic healer, and adores simple living and a nature-inspired lifestyle. She is helping to develop a waldorf methods charter school in Colorado Springs with a goal of opening in the fall of 2013.She is also trying hard to convince her husband to get chickens for the backyard.She blogs at Mumacita.