Make this DIY frame in just a few easy steps! A photo is worth a thousand words, and there are so many different ways for kids to paint these wood frames. It’s a great project for them to express creativity and provides them with a keepsake item for memories and other important events in their lives.
Age Group: 8 +
Craft Kit: Wood Rectangular Frame Craft Kit
- Wood frames (12)
- Vinyl sheets
Additional materials suggested:
- Paper towels
Step 1: Prepare your work surface by covering it with a tablecloth. Check your frames to see if any rough edges need to be smoothed with sandpaper.
Step 2: Pour each color of paint into small paint cups to make it easy for your group to get creative. They can choose one color to paint the background or mix colors together.
TIP: Using your brush add small amounts of water, a few drops at a time, to your paint and mix to improve flow and coverage.
Step 3: Once the base coat for the frame is painted, they can add more fun designs with paint, and even add words or quotes. Use a fun sponge painting method, or additional materials like:
Step 4: Place a photo in the frame after it dries. Make sure the vinyl sheet is in front of the photo.
Step 5: Add the wood dowel to stand up the frame.
Our craft kit makes it easy to provide a quick craft activity for your group! These frames are fun for a summer camp, recreational program, craft day, or afterschool. You can also use this as a craft activity to go along with a theme (Dinosaur,Under the Sea, or check out our comic book Superhero frame here).
While kids are creating their projects, have a discussion about what design they are choosing, if they chose to go along with a theme, and details about photo they choose to put in the frame.
“I use these frequently in art groups. Aside from use as a frame they can be stained or painted and center filled with corks making it into a trivet for hot plates/pots.”
“Use as a craft for a creative self expression group.”
“Paint the frames and add shells!”
“We used this kit with our Daisy Girl Scouts. They absolutely loved it! The girls have been earning their “Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout” patch and we used this craft so girls could show their individuality and place a photo of the troop in everyone’s frame. I love how everything was included in this kit. Well worth the price and great quality!”