Christmas Picture Frames

An Easy DIY Christmas Gift!!!

Christmas Picture Frames
Christmas Picture Frames

Every preschool classroom I go into is looking for that simple Christmas craft to send home for mom and dad to treasure. These Christmas picture frames (that can also be made into ornaments) are the perfect thing! Who doesn’t love a gift that includes the smiling face of their little cherub? Pick your favorite and dig into your craft bag. If you have filled your bag up using our master list, you already have everything that you need! Not sure what to put in your bag so that you can craft along with every project here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”? Check this out…

Project 1: Santa Picture Frame Ornament

Santa picture frame ornament
Santa Frame Ornament

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • 3 Large popsicle sticks
  • Red paint
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scrap of red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Clothespin
  • Glue stick
  • Small pompom
  • Newspaper
  • Pipe cleaner (optional)
  • Whatever picture you want to put in your frame (not in the bag)

Step 1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 to dry
Glue on Santa's beard
Santa frame step 3

Optional Step 4

  • 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.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Picture Frame Ornament

Rudolph Christmas Picture Frame Ornament
Rudolph Christmas Frame Ornament

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • 3 Large popsicle sticks
  • Brown paint
  • Newspaper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Clothespin
  • Medium pompom (any color)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 2 Brown pipe cleaners
  • Small red pompom
  • One more pipe cleaner (optional)
  • Photo of your choice for in the frame (not in the bag)

Step 1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Using the Elmer’s, glue the red pompom onto the nose
  • Allow the paint to dry thoroughly
Glue on the red nose
Rudolph frame step 4

Optional Step 5

  • 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

Project 3: Snowman Picture Frame Ornament

Snowman Picture Frame Ornament
Snowman Picture Frame

SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG

  • 3 Large popsicle sticks
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Black construction paper
  • Scrap of orange construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Christmas colored washi tape
  • Newspaper
  • Clothespin
  • Medium pompom
  • White paint
  • Picture of your choice for in the frame (not in the bag)
  • Pipe cleaner (optional)

Step 1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 frames, 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).

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Christmas Picture Frames
Christmas Picture Frames
Christmas Frames
Christmas Frames

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