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    Christmas Picture Frame Crafts

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    Every preschool classroom I go into is looking for simple Christmas crafts for preschoolers to send home for mom and dad to treasure. These easy DIY Christmas picture frames (that can also be made into ornaments) are just the thing! These are the perfect Christmas gifts for kids to make and share. Who doesn’t love a gift that includes the smiling face of their little cherub? Pick your favorite and dig into your craft bag.

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    DIY Christmas picture frames
    Christmas Frames

    Project 1: Santa Ornament Picture Frame

    Santa picture frame ornament
    Santa Frame Ornament

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    Step 1: Paint the Santa Hat

    This is how to make Santa Claus with paper and cotton balls and a few popsicle sticks. He is so adorable! This is such a great Santa craft for preschoolers but will work with other age groups too.

    • Glue popsicle sticks into a triangle shape and let the glue dry completely. *You may want to make several triangle frames while you are at it so that you are ready to make more projects in the future without having to complete this step again.
    • Place the triangle frame on the newspaper and squeeze out a little red paint.
    • Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
    • Paint just the top of the triangle (as pictured). Allow the paint to dry.
    Paint on the Santa hat
    Santa frame step 1

    Step 2: Add the Photo

    • Cut a small triangle from the scrap of red construction paper (template available for size, in project 3, if needed)
    • Glue the triangle into place to complete Santa’s hat
    • Cut your picture to fit in the frame
    • Use the glue stick to adhere it to the back of the triangle frame
    Glue the picture in place
    Santa frame step 2

    Step 3: Give Santa his Beard

    • Puff up the cotton balls by pulling them apart
    • Using the Elmer’s glue, affix a small puff of cotton to the top of the Santa hat
    • Glue more cotton across the bottom of the Santa hat and all around the frame to form Santa’s beard
    • Allow the glue time to dry. And now we have a Santa craft with cotton balls.
    Glue on the beard for Christmas Picture Frame Crafts Santa frame
    Santa frame step 3

    Optional Step 4: Add the hanger

    • Cut the pipe cleaner in half and bend it into a ‘U’ shape. Using Elmer’s , glue it to the back of the frame at the top to make a hanger for the tree. Let the glue dry.

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    DIY Christmas picture frames Santa

    When creating projects with your kiddo, like these Christmas picture frames, there are two very important things that you should always do:

    Be as hands off as possible! Really, you already know that you can make the craft, and this is about them. Sometimes our adult perfectionist tendencies take over, and we want the craft to turn out just so. But that is not what it is all about. This is about letting your child use their own imaginations and develop skills that will last a lifetime. If they think that Rudolph should have 3 noses, let it be. If that snowman hat is not cut exactly perfectly, so what! By doing the work for them, we are only teaching them that they are not capable. Let’s make sure we are sending the right message.

    Praise, praise, praise! Criticism has its place, but that is not now. We want our children to enjoy making things with their hands so that they want to do it again and again. The only way to actually develop skills that last is by doing something, over and over. Praising our children for even trying something (even if something was an epic fail) is so important. That way they want to “get back on the horse” and give it another go. Keep encouraging them. Check out this great list of ways to say “Good job”…

    Project 2: Rudolph Ornament Picture Frame

    Rudolph DIY Christmas Picture Frame 
Crafts Ornament
    Rudolph Christmas Frame Ornament

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    Step 1: Glue and Paint Your DIY Christmas Picture Frames

    • Glue the popsicle sticks together into a triangle shape, using the Elmer’s glue, and allow the glue to dry completely. *You may want to make several while you are at it so that you can skip this step for other projects that use a triangle popsicle stick frame.
    • Place the frame onto the newspaper and squeeze out a little brown paint.
    • Pinch the medium pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush” and paint the frame brown.
    • Allow the paint to dry before moving on

    Step 2: Add the Photo to the Christmas Frame

    • Cut the photo to fit in the frame
    • Glue the picture to the back of the triangle using the glue stick
    glue the picture in place
    Rudolph frame ornament step 2

    Step 3: Now for the Antlers

    • First, cut one of the brown pipe cleaners in half
    • Then, cut the other pipe cleaner into 4 equal pieces
    • Twist the 2 of the small pieces onto one of the larger pieces to make an antler. Repeat this for the other antler.
    • Last, with the triangle upside down, tape the antlers into place.
    Tape the antler into place
    Rudolph frame ornament step 3

    Step 4: Add Rudolph’s Nose

    • Using the Elmer’s, glue the red pompom onto the nose
    • Allow the paint to dry thoroughly
    Christmas Picture Frame Crafts Rudolph
    Rudolph frame step 4

    Optional Step 5: Give it a Hanger

    • If you would like to make this frame into an ornament, cut the remaining pipe cleaner in half
    • Fold the pipe cleaner into a U shape and glue it onto the back, at the top, to form a hanger for on the tree
    • Allow the glue to dry completely (or just use tape if you have an inpatient little one)

    Project 3: Snowman Ornament Picture Frame

    DIY Christmas picture frames snowman
    Snowman Picture Frame

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    Step 1: Paint the Frame

    • And now for the third and final of our Christmas picture frame crafts…Glue the popsicle sticks into a triangle shape using the Elmer’s glue. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly. *You may want to make several triangle frames while you are at it so that you are ready for future crafting.
    • Place the frame on the newspaper and squeeze out a small amount of white paint.
    • Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush” and paint the frame white
    • Allow the paint to dry completely
    Paint the triangle frame white
    Snowman frame step 1

    Step 2: Put Together the DIY Christmas Picture Frames

    • Cut the photo to fit in the frame
    • Cut out the accessory pieces, including the hat and carrot nose (template available below)
    • Decorate the hat with a washi tape hat band
    • Glue the picture into place on the back of the frame, using the glue stick
    • Finally, glue the hat and carrot nose into place
    Snowman Christmas Picture Frames  step 2
    Snowman picture frame step 2

    Optional Step 3: Add a Hanger to Your DIY Christmas Frames to Create an Ornament

    • Cut the pipe cleaner in half
    • Bend it into a skinny ‘U’ shape and glue it onto the back of the picture frame to form a hanger for on the Christmas tree

    Now that you have made your Christmas picture frame crafts, I would love to see your finished projects! Share with me at hello@inthebagkidscrafts.com or find me on Instagram and Facebook (check out the links at the bottom of this page).

    Wouldn’t these make great DIY Christmas decorations? Just hang them on the wall, the tree, attach to a garland or put magnets on the back and put them on the fridge.

    More Christmas gifting ideas…

    We have already gone over the possibility of making these Christmas picture frame crafts into ornaments simply by adding a loop of pipe cleaner. But there are other options that will make them the perfect Christmas gifts too. Try adding magnets to the back for instant fridge magnets. Or you can place several in a collection and have them framed together for a piece of art work. If gifting them to a child, add a popsicle stick handle and make them into puppets! The only limit is your imagination, and I would love to hear what you do with your finished Christmas crafts.

    And put it all into a pretty holiday packaging:

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    DIY Christmas Picture Frames collection
    Christmas Picture Frames

    Thanks for crafting with me today! I hope you enjoy you enjoyed making the DIY Christmas picture frames.