How to Make a Stunning Nature Heart Picture for Valentine's Day

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30 Minutes

This beautiful heart picture proves that nature collages aren’t just for kids. It couldn’t be simpler to make, and the result is truly stunning. Nature really is the star of the show in this gorgeous Valentines gift.

What I used for my Nature Heart Collage

Shadow Box Frame (Amazon)

Bostik Micro Dots (Amazon)

Piece of Paper for the Background

A selection of Nature Finds

The term collage originates from the French word "coller", meaning "to glue". Materials or objects are glued to a surface to create a new form or picture, in this case, a heart.

Natural materials such as seed heads and feathers can be small and extremely delicate. I didn’t want any glue residue showing on my completed artwork so chose to use Bostik Micro Dots to stick down all my nature finds. The micro dots turn any object into a sticker making them perfect from my heart collage.

How I made my Nature Heart Collage

I started by taking the Shadow Box Frame apart and sticking the paper to the back board to form my canvas. I chose a bright white paper as I felt that would provide the best background for the natural materials.

To ensure I arranged my objects in a pleasing shape, I used a paper heart as a template. I started with the outline of my heart collage, before removing the paper and filling in the middle.

Not having to wait for the glue to dry made my nature collage such a quick and easy craft. I had it made and in its frame in less than half an hour.

And if you are wondering who the nature heart collage is for, the answer is me! I love it so much I am keeping it. Here it is hanging above my desk.

You can find lots more nature and recycled craft ideas over on my blog. When you've got 5 minutes please do pop over and say Hi - I'd love to see you :)

Resources for this project:
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  • Karen Karen on Jan 24, 2019

    It's lovely, and I love that you will keep it for yourself. Too often, we give away our creations and cannot enjoy them ourselves. Question: as the items in the collage age/wither/rot, are they likely to become loose from the backing paper?

  • Vickie Vickie on Jan 27, 2019

    It’s really pretty. I’m wondering if you could spray some kind of shellac or polyurethane type product on to preserve it? I can’t wait until spring to try this.

  • Susie Susie on Feb 07, 2019

    Love this idea!! I think I will have to try it! Would love to know more about how to preserve and protect it from age and dust. Like with a shellac that won't yellow?? Anyone??

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  • Karolyn Karolyn on Jan 29, 2019

    That is just beautiful...simple....elegant.....just makes me smile! I can see why you kept it! I totally love anything made with nature's gifts!

  • Marlene Marlene on Jan 10, 2023

    Love! Love! Love!