Create an easy to make picture frame as home decor or a thoughtful gift. Kids can design their own multicolour picture frame craft using items you already have on hand, such as plastic drinking straws, cardboard and glue. Straw picture frames also make interesting birthday party craft projects. Each child can customise his frame using basic craft items such as paint or foam. Allow children to enhance the frame with a favourite image or cherished photograph.
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Things you need
- Plastic drinking straws
- Craft scissors
- Low-temp Glue Gun
- Glue sticks
- Craft glue
- Craft foam
Gather six vibrantly coloured plastic drinking straws in shades such as orange, yellow, red, pink, green and turquoise. Cut each straw in half using craft scissors.
Cut a 3 1/2-inch by 3 1/2-inch piece of cardboard to use as the picture frame base. Create a 2 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch strip of cardboard, which will become the frame's stand.
Use a low-temp glue gun to attach all of the cut plastic straws to the cardboard base. Line the straws up according to colour for a rainbow-like appearance, or randomly arrange the straws. Bend the top of the cardboard stand and glue it to the back of the frame base.
Attach a small picture to the centre of the straw frame using craft glue. You can substitute a small piece of artwork or a magazine clipping for the picture. Use scissors to cut the image, artwork or clipping to fit, if necessary.
Use scissors to cut star, heart, flower or insect shapes out of colourful craft foam. Glue the shapes to the corners of the straw frame for a decorative touch.
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