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Make a Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

Popsicle or craft sticks might be my new favourite craft supply. They are cheap, versatile and easy for the girls to glue and paint. After we made the bird feeders, Jade made this little popsicle stick picture frame as well.

Popsicle stick picture frame

I helped her lay out the craft sticks and glue the corners. Then I put a binder clip on each corner to hold it while the glue dried.

Binder clips holding a craft stick picture frame together while the glue dries

The only problem with this craft was that it required patience… Jade had to wait for the glue to dry. That’s why we did quite a few popsicle stick crafts in one afternoon. The girls glued several projects together one day and then painted them another day.

Toddler painting a craft stick picture frame

After the paint dried, Jade glued some old, tiny pencil crayons to the picture frame. We also had some little wood shapes she could have used to decorate her picture frame (which I would have glued to the frame before she painted) but I thought the pencil crayons were cute—and a better use of old art supplies than throwing them out.

Craft stick picture frame, painted and decorated with pencil crayons

Once the paint is dry, print a picture and trim it to fit the frame. You may want to glue cardstock or cardboard to the back of the picture to help make it sturdier. Glue picture into frame. You can then either glue a magnet to the back of the picture frame so it can be stuck to a fridge, or glue a pipe cleaner loop at the top of the frame so that it can be hung somewhere.

Cost: $5

Difficulty: easy (suitable for ages 2+ with help)

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31 Days of Useful Kids' Crafts

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