Friday, May 9, 2008

Frame up your Love this Mother's Day

Every Mother loves to get a gift of love - things made from the little hands of her loved ones. Make it doubly sweet by framing a picture of you and mom or the entire Happy Family with these creative yet easy to make frames.

Twig Frame
Twig Frame

Supplies needed:
Twine or string
Glue (hot glue works well)
A photo for framing

Collect 2 bunches of twigs. One bunch (about 6 to 8) should be about 2 inches longer than your photo. The other bunch of twigs should be about 2 inches wider than your photo.

Arrange the twigs so that they surround the photo and extend outward about an inch in each direction. Tie the twigs at each corner using twine or string, making an "X" pattern.

Glue the photo onto the back of your twig frame. Hot glue works the best.

Glue a small loop of string to the top batch of twigs for hanging the photo.

Fun Foam Picture Frame
Fun Foam Picture Frame

Supplies needed:

A piece of fun foam a few inches larger than the photo
a photo to frame
a hole punch
glue (like Elmer's glue or a glue stick)
about 6 inches of thin ribbon or yarn (for hanging the frame)
fabric paint, sequins, buttons, yarn, ribbon, feathers, etc. (all are optional decorations)

Choose a photo to frame.

Decide on a shape for your frame and draw it on a piece of foam. Cut a piece of foam that is at least 1 inch larger than the photo on all sides.

All sorts of shapes look good. To cut an oval or heart shape, draw half the shape on a folded piece of paper, then cut it. Use this template for cutting the plastic.

Cut a display hole in the other piece of foam (the piece that will be the front). This hole can be any shape you like, just make sure that it is smaller than the entire photo and is big enough to show the important parts of the photograph.

Put glue on the BACK of the frame. Glue the back of the frame and glue your picture in place. Cut a thick piece of paper for the back of the frame (it should be slightly bigger than your picture but smaller than the frame). Glue it to the back of the frame.

Using a hole punch, punch a hole towards the top of the frame.

Decorate with foam cut-outs, yarn, buttons, feathers, ribbon, fabric paint, sequins, etc.

Tie a thin, short ribbon (about 6 inches long) through the hole punch hole. This will be used for hanging the frame.

Plastic and Yarn Picture Frame
Plastic and Yarn Picture Frame

Supplies needed:
thick, flexible, clear plastic
a photo to frame
a hole punch
yarn, twine, or other thick thread
stickers (optional)
thick needle (optional)

Choose a shape for your frame. Cut 2 pieces of plastic; one for the front and one for the back of the frame. Make sure the plastic is about 1 inch larger than the photo on all sides.

All sorts of shapes look good. To cut an oval or heart shape, draw half the shape on a folded piece of paper, then cut it. Use this template for cutting the plastic.

Put the 2 pieces of plastic together (without the photograph).

Using a hole punch, make a series of holes all around the edge of the frame.

Place the photo on one piece of plastic and position it where it will look best. You may need to trim the photo. A dab of glue on the back of the photo will keep it in place.

Decorate with stickers or labels.

Put the second piece of plastic on top of the first, matching the holes exactly.

Using yarn, twine, embroidery floss, or other thick thread, "sew" up the edges of the frame. Older children can use an upholstery needle. For younger ones, a bit of nail polish put on the end of the string (let it dry first) will act like a needle.

Attach a short loop of yarn for hanging the frame.

Flower Picture Frame
Flower Picture Frame

A rectangular piece of cardboard
paint, markers or crayons
A picture


Draw a flower with stem on the cardboard.
Cut the flower out.
Have fun decorating it. You could use poster paint, shiny sticker etc.
Paste your favourite picture in the center of the flower.

Hand Mom this lovely flower with a BIG Smile :)


LesFex said...

These frames are good & hand made makes them more special. I'll make the Fun Foam Picture Frame and it's gonna be all starry and I will be having a really special pic on Mother's Day, which I'll add to this frame. The special thing about the pic is that it'll show mom's pic on the giant Reuter’s screen at New York’s Times square. I've registered at with the coupon 'ojiriwotu' & waiting to see mom as a celebrity. And this frame will definitely be special for a special celebrity photo. I let you know the coupon code in case you'd like to gift your mom fame (Moms deserve it, don't they?)

nymfa said...

great arts and crafts! wanna see my creations at my site?