Children grow so fast; it’s impossible to keep up! Preserve precious memories with this frame craft that will capture their youth in a handmade photo frame. An excellent end-of-the-year gift for proud parents and grandparents, this fun photo frame craft helps kids reflect on how much they’ve grown!
What You Need:
- Wooden rulers and yard sticks, new or vintage
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors or box cutter
- Photograph of your child
- Photo-safe glue stick
- Optional: masking tape, sandpaper, permanent markers
What You Do:
- Help your child collect new or used wooden rulers or yard sticks. If you only have yard sticks, you’ll want to help your child break those into smaller pieces for this craft. Sand down any rough edges after they're broken into smaller sizes, and/or put masking tape over any rough edges.
- Have your child measure the size of the photo she wants to frame. Find a frame in a size that will fit her photo.
- Have her place pieces of or whole rulers around four edges of the cardboard. Use scissors or a box cutter to make sure cardboard is the right size to fit rulers and photo.
- When she has arranged the rulers in a design she likes, the parent can help her hot glue the backs of the rulers onto the cardboard. Some rulers could be hot-glued onto other rulers if making a more three-dimensional frame.
- Have her use photo-safe glue to attachher photograph to the back of the frame.
- An optional finishing touch, if she wants, is to use permanent markers in pretty colors to write “Watch Me Grow” or “Measure My Growth” on one of the lighter wooden rulers around the photo, which matches the frame’s theme and image.
- This frame could make a nice gift for grandparents, or a keepsake for your child’s own room. It’s a picture perfect unit of measurement!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.