Take Your Child to Work Day Activity: How to Make a Craft Stick Picture Frame
Mar 28, 2016
By: Kathy Adams
Celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day with a simple craft-stick photo frame project you and your child can make together. A magnetic backing allows you to display the finished frame at your desk on a nearby metal filing cabinet, or on the refrigerator at home for the entire family to enjoy. Better yet, if time allows, make two frames — one for work and one for home.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Collect all the supplies: craft sticks, one or more colors of washi tape and all-purpose glue. You'll want to use washi tape wider than your craft sticks — if using 3/8-inch wide craft sticks, the 5/8-inch wide washi tape rolls are wide enough. Also, gather stick-on letters, foam shapes, pom-poms and stickers to decorate the front of the frame, plus several adhesive magnets for the back of the finished frame. And, most importantly, bring in a wallet-size picture of your child, or take a picture the day of and print it out at work.
Step 2: Protect Your Desk
Clear items from the desk or project space. Cover the project area with used copy paper or scrap paper to protect it from glue. Set the project items atop the work surface, placing the craft sticks, washi tape and glue up front. Grab a pair of scissors as well, in case you need to trim the washi tape.
Step 3: Create a Frame Layout
Set eight to 10 craft sticks next to one another, parallel and touching, to create a rectangle or square large enough to display the photo with room left over for lettering and decorations. Use more sticks for a larger decorative area, if desired.
Step 4: Cover Each Stick
Unroll and cut a strip of washi tape slightly longer than one craft stick. Place it sticky side up on the work surface. Press the craft stick onto the tape so the tape completely covers one face of the stick. Wrap any excess tape around the edges of the stick. If the tape is significantly wider than the craft stick, trim the tape with scissors. Repeat the process with each remaining craft stick that makes up the frame shape. You and your child can customize your frames by alternating the colors and patterns of washi tape you use, or if simplicity is the name of the game, use the same tape on each stick.
Step 5: Create the Frame Back
Flip the tape-covered sticks face down on the work surface and press them together, making sure the sticks are aligned in preferred arrangement if using more than one style of washi tape. Then, glue two or three plain craft sticks horizontally across the back of the frame. Allow the glue to dry for an hour before you move forward to the next step.
Step 6: Add the Magnets
Position two or three adhesive magnets on the horizontal craft sticks on the back of the frame. If necessary, cut the magnets so they fit neatly on the extra sticks on the frame back. Peel and adhere the magnets onto the plain craft sticks on the back of the frame. If using one heavy-duty magnet instead of several adhesive magnets, center the magnet near the top of the frame along the back and glue it in place, allowing the glue to dry completely.
Step 7: Decorate the Front of the Frame
Flip the frame face up and position the photo anywhere you'd like. Once happy with its position, apply thin lines of glue to the back of the photo, then press the photo into place on the frame. Then let your child decorate. Apply peel-and-stick letters to spell out "I love my mommy" or "Take Your Child to Work Day 2016" on the front of the frame, without covering important details on the photo. Glue on a few decorative pom-poms, foam hearts, stars or smiley faces. Allow all the glue to dry completely before you put on display.
Kathy Adams is an award-winning investigative journalist with several awards from the Associated Press. She has experience repurposing furniture and found objects into art and crafts.
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