Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Father's Day Picture Frame

Here is a handmade project that your ankle biters can make and give as a gift to the Father figure in their lives.  This picture frame can be customized however you like, but here's what I did with my little friend Noah to help celebrate his dad....

  • Wood picture frame
  • White craft glue (that dries clear) - full strength
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush or craft sponge - for Mod Podge
  • Pieces of decorative paper (thin paper works best)
  • Decorative accessories - we used some lightweight hardware, but use anything that makes sense to you or "fits" that particular gift recipient
  • Spray paint (optional) color of your choice - I sprayed all the hardware pieces on one side just to have them all coordinate in color
  • Photograph of the child with or without Dad

  1. If you are spray painting your decorative bits and pieces, do this in a well ventilated area away from children before you begin this project.
  2. Remove the frame backing and glass.
  3. Have children rip or (with child safe scissors) cut up the paper.
  4. Have children paint some mod Podge on the frame and decorate the frame with the paper.  Paint some more Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it down and add another layer of paper (if desired)...repeat the last layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Add some white craft glue (however much you think is needed) to the areas that you wish to put the dried decorative bits and pieces.  Let the children pick the placement please.  :-)
  6. Allow the frame to dry completely....this may take a day or two depending on how much glue the little ones use.
  7. When the frame is dry, add one more thin layer over the entire front of the decorative frame (including the hardware or whatever it is that you've glued) and let dry completely.
  8. Insert the photograph and replace the backing.

There you have it...easy peezy lemon squeezy!  Wrap it up and give it on Father's Day.
Have fun & get messy!
Miss Jenna

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