Materials needed: card stock, calligraphy paper or counted cross stitch for the backing, scissors, tweezers, popsicle sticks, toothpicks, glue gun and glue sticks.


1. Place the picture frame on a clean, dry surface.

2. Remove the backing from the picture frame by sliding it out of the slot.

3. Place the cardboard that comes with the frame onto the selected backing material.

4. Draw a line around all sides about 1/2 inch wider than the frame. Then proceed to cut the backing out.

5. Glue or staple the picture insert (usually cardboard) to the backing material. Note: Turn backing corners neatly around the insert before gluing or or stapling.

6. Place the glued/stapled backing into the frame.

7. Place plant material onto the backing. Begin with the background design and proceed to the next level until you have the focal plants in place. When you are satisfied with the design, remove the plant material from the backing and place on the clean dry surface. Try to place in the manner of the planned design.

8 Begin by gluing the background plant material in place first. Press the plant material in place by gently using a toothpick, tweezers, etc. I have discovered that my fingers cannot be trusted to perform such delicate work.

9. Continue this process until the project is to your liking.

10. Enjoy!  This project can be compared to building a house. The foundation (background plant material), the supports (filler plant material) the finished product (focal point).

Prepared for the Newark Garden Club by Joyce Morris, Design Study Chair.