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Natural frames

A fab project using simple tools, sticks and string to create a natural frame. Frame the view, frame your art, frame your face!

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Making frames is hugely rewarding and they can be used in many ways, including:

  • framing art on the ground
  • framing a view in the distance framing someone’s face
  • dream catchers or woven art
  • quadrant frames to study vegetation…….. the list is endless!

What you'll need

  • 4 straight-ish sticks of equal length & preferably similar thickness
  • string
  • scissors/knife

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • source of wood

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • tool use
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Step #1

Lay two sticks on the ground.

Lay the other two perpendicular to them, creating the basic frame shape, so you can see how it needs to be tied together.

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Step #2

Tie the string to one of the sticks, placing the knot near the end of the stick, the correct distance in from the end.

A clove hitch is a good knot to use for this.

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Step #3

Tie the sticks together, at right angles to each other.

If you want a firm, non-wobbly frame use a knot such as the square lash, and use a strong string that doesn’t snap under pressure.

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Step #4

Repeat with the other 2 sticks.

Now you have 2 corner pieces.

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Step #5

Lay your two corner pieces out together to double-check they are lining up and lying correctly.

Then tie the final two corners.

Take it further:

  • remember frames don't always need to be square - triangles work well - make sure to lay your frame out and check it to make sure the angles will work.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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