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December 17, 2013

Popsicle Sticks Photo Frame Craft

My friend Kelli asked me to help her come up with a craft project for DD's 2nd grade class for their Christmas party. The challenge is that DD's teacher really wanted to use popsicle sticks to make a photo frame. Truth be told, I was not exactly excited about making another picture frame out of popsicle sticks. DD has made plenty of them and they all looked the same.

I agreed to help Kelli and started brainstorming some ideas. In the end, I came up with a new project that has gotten even the moms excited about making popsicle sticks photo frame. I hope you will like it as much as we do!

To begin, you will need:

16 popsicle sticks (standard size popsicle sticks)
Scrapbook papers (1 sheet of 12" by 12" will be big enough to create 3 frames).
Mod Podge
Brush
Twine
Wooden stars (or whatever embellishments you want to use).
Glue Gun or tacky glue for gluing the popsicle sticks together.

First, use the brush to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on 11 popsicle sticks, and quickly adhere the popsicle sticks to the scrapbook paper. Use scissors to trim the paper around the popsicle sticks. Then, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper.
Once the scrapbook paper is dried. Turn the popsicle sticks upside down. Line up the 11 popsicle sticks to glue down the backing for your photo frame.
Glue the 5 remaining plain popsicle sticks to the back of the frame using glue gun or tacky glue. Also glue the twine to the back of it if you would like to hang up the little photo frame. * You could also glue magnets on the back instead so  you could display it on your fridge.
Once you are done. Turn the photo frame over, glue your picture and embellish it. I used plain wooden stars that I picked up from the local craft store. You could also use buttons, rhinestones or fabric flowers.
Instead of using a personal photo, you could also use other pictures. These are the ones I made for our Christmas tree.


Happy crafting!

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