Make art with nature paintbrushes

This colourful activity combines fresh air and nature with getting creative, by making art using twigs and leaves.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting. 

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative and sensory activity that helps people learn by engaging with nature and using their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch and different textures while supporting independent choice.

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

Finished nature paintbrushes lying over a white piece of paper with tubes of paint

  • Elastic bands or tape
  • Paper
  • Paints
  • A selection of twigs, leaves, grasses and flowers.

Step 1

Twigs, leaves, paperclips and a feather

Gather your materials by going for a walk or going to the garden, then collect leaves, twigs, flowers and grasses. Stronger twigs are better!

Step 2

A hand attaching leaves to a twig with elastic bands

Make your paintbrushes by attaching the grasses, flowers or leaves to the twigs using either the elastic bands or tape.

Step 3

 Painting colourful rainbows and textures on white paper with nature paint brushes

Use your brushes to explore patterns and shapes with the paint. Try painting with different plants, or ways of brushing on the paper. Have fun and experiment!