Art Projects With Rainforest Vines

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Art Projects With Rainforest Vines
Some rainforest vines can grow as thick as tree trunks. (rainforest tree laden with epiphytes, vines and lianas image by Lars Lachmann from

Vines are fast-growing plants that climb on trees and other vegetation to reach sunlight. There are more than 2,500 species of vines. Some are as thick as tree trunks, some grow up to 3,000 feet long, and some grow so quickly you can watch them grow. Primates love to swing from vine to vine and eat the fruit of the liana vine. Rainforest vines are fun to make and decorate with fruits, flowers and forest creatures.

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Paper Vines

Make a vine out of brown craft paper or used paper bags that are twisted into ropes and fastened together with masking tape. Construct a rainforest vine out of a paper chain made from brown and green paper circles. Add circles every day to keep the vine growing, just as vines do in the rainforest. Cut tendrils out of paper and tape or glue them to the vine. Decorate the vine with parrots, monkeys, butterflies and colourful flower blossoms cut out of paper.

Living Art

Create living art with a real fast-growing vine like a philodendron or Kudzu vine. Put the vine in a shadow box and train a grow light on it to encourage growth. Mark the trail of the vine's natural growth with a crayon or marker on a piece of paper and label the progress at regular intervals. Display the growth chart as a separate work of art. Turn a room into a rainforest. Drape paper vines over furniture, around table legs, under chairs and through doorways. Or cover houseplants with the vines to simulate rainforest growth.


Create a sculpture by weaving twine through and around a chicken wire form. Glue or tape leaves and flowers at various points in the sculpture to make the vine appear to be alive. Construct a model village from a Christmas display or model train set and add twine and paper leaf vines to make it look as if the vine is overtaking the village.

Wall Display

Make a wall display with a paper rainforest vine. Use a roll of shelf paper as the background and write interesting rainforest facts and statistics. Use drawings, photos and words to describe the length and thickness of the vine, the fruit it bears, animals that live in and around it, and trees and vegetation the vines depend upon for support.

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