Craft Stick Photo Frames DIY

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A box of craft sticks (or popsicle sticks) has always been a gold mine for boredom busting craft ideas. They are like little wood building blocks waiting to be reimagined or put to use in so many ways. My daughter and I have been crafting with craft sticks since she was young. I love that you can buy a box of 1000 craft sticks for less than $5! Pair that with some glue and paint markers, and you have an instant craft like today’s DIY.

My girl and I made these super cute wood frames that were perfect to showcase some of my favorite Instagram picts. Once we started, we couldn’t stop! They were so easy to make and so fun to decorate!

Supplies we used:

  • craft sticks
  • Elmer’s X-Treme School glue
  • Paint markers
  • 3″ x 3″ photos, or 3″ x 3″ mirrors

Here is a quick video to show you how easy they were to make:

Once you made the overall frame base, then the rest was building it up with more craft sticks to make the frame.

When using regular-sized craft sticks, 11 sticks laid next to each other in a row makes the perfect square, and equals the length of one craft stick. So once you lay 11 sticks next to each other one way, you can secure with two more sticks going the opposite direction (at a 90 angle) with a little glue.

I used this same technique recently when I made the homemade Tic Tac Toe Board. But for this craft idea, instead of gluing each craft stick panel together, we built them up on the side to create a frame.

Craft Stick Homemade Tic Tac Toe Board for Kids

Each craft stick platform made the perfect base for a mini photo or mirror frame.

Craft Stick Decorated Frames DIY @clubchicacircle

The best part is that you can decorate as you please. We used Elmer’s Painters, but you could also embellish with jewels or paint them with craft paint.

Homemade craft stick frame #kidscraft @clubchicacircle

Add a ribbon on the back as a hanger, or you could glue a magnet on the back to make a fun refrigerator or locker frame.

Tween Decorated Homemade Frame

I love how they turned out! These make great gift ideas for Mom or Dad, or grandparents. Or really fun wall decorations.


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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