- white glue
- styrofoam grocery tray
- nature items such as pebbles, bark, leaves, nuts, pine needles, pine cones, seeds, wood shavings, shells, seed pods, or dried weeds
- piece of wood for base
- craft stick
- cotton swab
- Squeeze a puddle of glue in the middle of a styrofoam grocery tray.
- Select an item from nature and arrange it on the base piece of wood. Dab the item with glue from a craft stick or cotton swab. The artist may choose to dip the item in the puddle of glue.
- Now stick the item to the base piece of wood.
- Add more bits of things from nature and attach them to the piece of wood with glue.
- When satisfied with the arrangement, allow the collage to dry overnight or several days.
- Using felt pen or paint, make areas of color on the wood base and then glue the nature items into the color design.
- Nature Collage can be made on fabric-covered wood, a paper plate, cardboard, plaster of Paris in a pie plate or any number of other backgrounds.
Hint: As an alternative to white glue, a glue gun provides immediate, strong, long lasting results. Constant one-on-one adult supervision is necessary when using a glue gun.