Holiday Cardboard Picture Frames

Creative Wednesdays

I typically buy a wooden frame for the children to decorate and put a photo in for a winter holiday gift for their parents. But this year I wanted to try to make the frames myself by recycling cardboard boxes from deliveries. If you care for older siblings this is a great project to get them involved in to make the frame. You will have to make the frame for little kids since they can’t use a Utility Knife or Hot Glue Gun.

You Will Need:

Cardboard
Utility Knife
Straight Edge
Pencil
Hot Glue Gun
Paint
Markers
Decorations (stickers, stamps, beads, sequins)

What to Do:

1. Protect the work surface. I put out extra cardboard on that table to make sure I didn’t cut the work surface with the utility knife.

2. Break the seams of the boxes so the cardboard lays flat. Using a straight edge and an Utility Knife cut out two squares or rectangles of the same size from the cardboard.

3. Cut out a smaller rectangle to use to prop up the photo frame.

4. Measure a 4 x 6 inch or 5 x 8 inch rectangle on the inside of one of the original squares or rectangles. Most photos are printed as 4 x 6 inch or 5 x 8 inch in size.

5. Use the hot glue gun to attach the front of the frame (cardboard with square cut out of it) to the back or the frame (solid cardboard). Just attach the frame along the top frame.

6. Flip over and attach the small rectangle that will prop up the frame.

7. Allow the children to decorate their frames.

8. Once dry, slip a photo into the frame and hot glue the bottom of frame together.

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