Your family can create these adorable, cheap and green crafts anytime of year but for our family this project began with the end of school. We did some deep cleaning once the homework and exams were over. We cleaned out dresser drawers, desk drawers, junk drawers and my all time favorite treasure hunt, under the couch. We created a pile of odds and ends without real purpose and soon an idea was born. We would use this “junk” to decorate plain picture frames.
We found lots of odds and ends from puzzle pieces to Coke bottle tops to cute erasers. We found play money, homeless beads and tiny seashells. The puzzle pieces belonged to long gone puzzles but who could toss that cute little baby lamb? Why had my kids saved Coke bottle tops? Well, they are just so novel to the plastic bottle generation. My kids admitted that while these colorful erasers were cute that they really weren’t good at their job. Broken jewelry offered up beads and charms that no one in this crafty family had the heart to trash. We threw in some colored paper clips and old game tokens and soon we had enough treasure to decorate a plain picture frame.
Choose a frame for your recycled craft.
You may have a plain frame in need of a facelift. If not you can find a good assortment of plain and cheap frames at your local Good Will or thrift store that are perfect for upcycling. Another option is borderless plastic frames from a super store that are often on sale for as little as .25 cents.
Gather the materials for your photo frame craft.
Hot glue gun or super hold glue or wood glue
Odds and ends
Consider ticket stubs, nuts and bolts, buttons, shells, drink umbrellas, nubby pencils or tiny trinkets of any kind. A variety of colors and textures make your trash to treasure picture frame more interesting.
Cover your workspace with newspaper and use a muffin tin to sort through your odds and ends. Place the frame flat on the work surface and arrange the pieces around the frame. Place the biggest items first balancing at least one focal point item of each of the sides and then fill in with small items like buttons, beads or bolts.
Once your happy with your arrangement, let the gluing begin. Let the frame stay flat for at least an hour to completely dry. Choose the perfect photo for your new frame and enjoy this junk drawer craft for years to come.
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