Let’s Make an Easy Nature Collage

Making a simple nature collage out of found nature objects is a fun and educational way to spend some time together at home or in the classroom. While this flower collage craft works for kids of all ages, it is especially magical to preschoolers and Kindergartners when you start with a nature scavenger hunt for art materials.

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Let’s gather up some lovely flowers and leaves for our nature collage craft!

Easy Collage Ideas for Kids

My children love to collect leaves, twigs, and flowers petals anytime we are outside. We have quite a collection of found nature items so I thought it would be a fun craft idea to make a collage with all our treasures.

Related: Grab our printable nature scavenger hunt for kids

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How to Make a Nature Collage

On our most recent walk to the park, my daughter brought her bucket along to help her collect items she wanted to keep.  Once we got home, we emptied out her bucket to see what interesting items she had collected.

Supplies Needed to Make Nature Collage Art

The leaves and flower looked so pretty together that I wanted to try to preserve them.

Directions for Nature Collage Art

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It is easiest if you start with the paper taped to your table.

Step 1

First, I taped the non-sticky side of the Con-Tact Paper to the table. The paper backing is facing up.

Note: Taping the Con-Tact paper to the table isn’t necessary but it made it a lot easier for my three year old to work with it because the edges didn’t roll up.

Step 2

Remove the paper backing.

Step 3 - little girl making nature collage
Now it is time to create your nature collage.

Step 3

My daughter loved having the sticky side of the Con-Tact paper exposed.   She quickly started placing her leaves and petals on the paper.

Step 4

When she decided her design was complete, I helped her place another piece of clear Con-Tact paper on the back and she pressed it firmly down.

little girl with finished nature collage
The finished nature collage artwork is so pretty and bright!

Finished Flower Collage Artwork

She is so proud of her nature collage.

My daughter hung the collage on a wall in her room. It looked pretty with her pink walls as the background.  

Homemade Nature Suncatcher Craft

Next we tried hanging it on a window like a suncatcher.   We decided it looked best here because the sun illuminated the flowers and leaves so well.

using the nature collage as a homemade nature suncatcher hanging in the window
It makes a pretty suncatcher!

How Long will a Nature Collage Last?

  • Fresh leaves and flowers: If you use fresh leaves and flowers for this project, you can expect for it to look nice for about a week.  The flowers will fade and the leaves will turn brown and eventually you may even see some mold from the moisture trapped inside.  Discard it at this point.
  • Dry leaves and petals: However, if you want it to last forever, just dry your leaves and petals before making the collage.
Yield: 1

Preschool Nature Collage Craft

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This simple nature collage is the perfect art activity for kids of all ages especially preschooler and Kindergartners. It is inexpensive and can be done with multiple children at the same time with just a little set up.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Things found in nature that can be flattened: leaves, flowers, stems, petals, grass
  • Clear Con-Tact Paper

Tools

  • Tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Go on a scavenger hunt and find things that can be flattened like petals, flowers, leaves, grasses
  2. Tape the corners of your contact paper with the backing side UP to the table.
  3. Remove the backing off of the contact paper.
  4. Add your nature objects to the sticky side of the contact paper until you have your final art.
  5. Add a second sheet of contact paper to the back so the sticky sides are stuck together over the nature collage.
  6. Cut the edges as desired.

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How did your nature collage turn out?

9 Comments

  1. This is beautiful Kim. Absolutely lovely. We go on nature walks all the time but I never know what to do with all the little bits and pieces that we collect along the way. This is perfect.

  2. Wht a fun idea! I’ve been looking for lots of activities for my boys this summer – and just found another to add to the list 🙂

  3. I plan on doing this with my son soon. This is his kind of project.

  4. Kim, what a BEAUTIFUL nature collage. I love the color. We did a nature collage on our little activity table (with contact paper for Earth Day. It made for a great texture piece that lasted for a few weeks in our play area! I posted about it. 🙂

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