Autumn art from The Garden Classroom

We’ve been combining two activities from my book The Garden Classroom this week to create some beautiful autumn art. Taking the idea of leaf art and adding it to my Sticky Picture frames, here’s what we made.

To make the frame: bind the twigs together with thread or yarn. Then use drawing pins/pushpins to help the contact paper stay in place.

Autumn gives us so many natural materials to use in art, and the Sticky Picture frames can display your pictures in the window, letting your designs catch the sunlight.

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  1. says

    Thank you so much for the inspiration we have only just finished a sticky picture and this is a much better way to finish it off with the lovely frame!

  2. Alisha says

    I love your blog and my kids and I are enjoying your garden classroom ideas. I was wondering if the sticky paper that you are using is the same as contact paper/shelf paper? I am writing from the USA where all of our shelf paper is PVC which is something I try not to purchase or have in the house for environmental and health reasons. Do you know of another type of clear sticky film for these crafts? Thanks!

    • Marcie says

      I have this same question. Did you ever receive a response about the paper used. I am also from the USA. Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Alisha – so sorry to be so slow to reply, I missed your question. I’m in the UK and we call this kind of paper sticky-backed plastic, which I think is usually called contact paper in the US.

  3. theresa sanchez says

    I love this, I’m going to put one together this weekend and share it at my Education Meeting. Thanks.

  4. Sandy says

    How about laminating the leaves ans still framing with twigs etc? Include some ICY skills too.

  5. Amy says

    Love this! Just wondering if you have a link to a tutorial on how to make these? Many thanks.

  6. Daina says

    These are BEAUTIFUL! What a great idea; I really want to make some with my kids. Are there instructions anywhere for how to assemble the sticky picture frame?

  7. Vicki says

    I love this project. Yours turned out beautifully! Can you tell me how you attached the frame to the sticky paper? My sticky paper alone is not enough to hold it to the sticks.

  8. says

    Hello everyone! I’m in the process of updating this article with full details, but just to say: bind the twigs together with thread or yarn. Then use drawing pins/pushpins to help the contact paper stay in place.

  9. Amye says

    What will the pins push into? Love this project, doing it Friday with my class and many helpers … I’m worried about how to make the paper stick. I’m not sure what the pins are for? Any help would be wonderful! The frames are gorgeous!!

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