Last week Canberra Creatives ran their first School Holiday Program and I helped out by showing the kids how to decorate a photo frame using damaged picture books! I had a wonderful time and can't wait until next the next school holiday program.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, a decorated photo frame would be a great gift idea for Mum. I found some wonderful papier mache photo frames that were perfect for this project and, of course, I had a huge pile of damaged picture books, full of fabulous pictures ideal for decorating!
Here's what you will need:
- Photo frames. I used papier mache frames but you could use up-cycled wooden frames too.
- Damaged books (both chapter books and picture books)
- PVA glue
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
Now for the fun part, finding images from the damaged picture books that will fit onto the frame. Books with small pictures are ideal for this project, as you don't have much space on the frame. You could use images from the same book, or mix it up with different images from different books.
Once you are happy with your picture selections and arrangement on the frame, glue them on with the PVA glue. Then all you need to do is seal the images. I used a a thick layer of Mod Podge, with a lovely glossy finish.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, find a lovely photo (or drawing) and you have a perfect gift for Mum on Mother's Day!
While this craft is ideal for older kids, it is also fun for younger kids to do too, with a little help. Emily is 3 years old and had lots of fun decorating her own frame, she just needed a little assistance with cutting out the pictures, but certainly no help necessary with all the gluing! I wish I took photos of Emily's finished frame but she decided to give her frame to my Mum who came to stay for a little holiday.