Make your own Nature Paint Brushes - Nature art painting for kids

Make a set of nature paint brushes and have fun indulging in a little nature art painting for kids. This outdoor art is all about the process. It is such a fun process art idea for kids that love being outdoors and all things nature! 

How to make DIY nature paint brushes. A simple stick craft and outdoor process art idea for kids.  An easy activity for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

Get outside, go on a nature walk, collect lots of interesting pieces of nature and then have fun painting with your nature! Toddlers, preschoolers and older kids will all love experimenting with nature and paint to see what marks they can make!

We love process art like this nature art as children learn so much more when focusing on the painting process rather than trying to achieve a specific result. 

Here are some more fun process art ideas you might like: 


As we head into Spring and then Summer the kids are going to want to get outdoors more. There are so many fun activities for them to do outside and this is just one of them. We have a whole collection of outdoor art ideas for you to try!


Make your own Nature Paint Brushes -  Nature Art Painting for Kids


Nature Paint Brush - Supplies




  • Sticks (1 for each paint brush)
  • Lots of interesting pieces of nature
  • Elastic bands (or string)
  • Poster paint
  • Large roll of paper



Collecting your nature for this activity is half the fun. Go on a nature walk and see what interesting things you can find. Look for different textures and patterns. Talk about which pieces of nature you think will make good prints. 


How to make nature paint brushes



Making the nature paint brushes is easy! Simply attach a piece of nature to each stick using an elastic band (or a piece of string).

TIP: To avoid breaking your pieces of nature put the elastic bands onto the sticks first and then slide your pieces of nature into the bands. Make sure the elastic bands aren't too tight. You may need more than one band to keep your nature in place. 

Use the image below as a guide. 

How to make nature paint brushes.  An easy outdoor process art activity for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, eyfs. A summer and spring projec



Nature art painting for kids



Lay out a large roll of paper and fill some pots with paint. I like choosing 2 or 3 paint colours that compliment each other rather than using all the colours, but use the colours that work best for you and your child. Explore the different patterns and textures each of the paintbrushes can create.

How to make nature paint brushes. Nature art painting for kids

Try dabbing the brushes on the paper or sweeping them across it. 

Nature art for kids. How to make nature paint brushes.  Easy and fun outdoor process art for kids. A summer and spring art project for toddlers or preschoolers.

Most importantly enjoy the process. Have fun, get messy and explore! 

Nature art for kids. How to make nature paint brushes.  Easy and fun outdoor process art for kids. A summer and spring art project for toddlers or preschoolers.

This artwork was created by Harry (aged 3). He had a great time collecting his nature and loved getting covered in paint as he tested out what he could do with each of the paint brushes. 

We hope that you have fun making a set of nature paint brushes and creating your own nature art painting for kids. 

If you have any sticks left over after making your nature paint brushes have a go at creating some of these fun stick crafts from other bloggers. You could make yarn wrapped sticks, a craft stick puzzlebuild stick shapes or make a game of pick up sticks. Check out our collection of popsicle stick crafts too!

If you are looking for more nature art for kids check out the links below:


If you enjoy looking at famous artists work check out this nature art idea from Andy Goldsworthy


How to make nature paint brushes.  An easy outdoor process art activity for kids, toddlers, preschoolers, eyfs. A summer and spring projec

Nature art painting for kids is so much fun, please share with us what you get up to with your homemade nature paint brushes. Have fun! 

4 comments

  1. I love these, they are so beautiful and I love the art that you guys made from them too.

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  2. Totally love your ideas! What a great way to use nature for art!

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  3. I adore this, such a beautiful and fun thing to do.

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  4. These are beautiful and my kids will have such a great time painting with their own brushes this spring and summer. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

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