Blogmas Day 14: A DIY Christmas Gift

     At the childcare center where I work, we needed to create a gift for our families in time for today’s Winter Celebration. A co-worker gave me the idea of creating a picture frame as an ornament. I wanted to make something special for my families, so I decided that creating a frame ornament would be a good idea.

     To make the ornament, I needed the following items:

  • Craft (popsicle) sticks
  • School glue
  • White acrylic paint
  • Sticky images
  • Krazy Glue
  • Permanent markers in varying colors
  • A photo of your child

     I began by affixing the craft sticks with school glue. I needed to have eight craft sticks to create a layered effect, so the frame would be sturdy. I then allowed a couple hours for the sticks to dry.

     Once the frame was dry, I then painted the sticks with white acrylic paint. You could also use Tempera paint, but I found acrylic paint to have a faster drying time. Apply a good coat of acrylic paint, then allow a few hours to dry before painting the other side. 

     Once the picture frame was completely dry, I placed the child’s picture into the craft. You can attach the picture with glue on one side, and let dry. In my situation, I wanted my photos to last a while, so I laminated them before applying them onto the frame. I always have a portable laminator on hand, due to constantly prep for curriculum themes. You can purchase a portable laminator at a Staples or Wal-Mart, or you can take the photo to a Staples to have them professionally laminated.  

     I waited for the picture to be properly attached onto the frame before adding the finishing touches. Since this is a holiday ornament, I placed small snowflakes onto them. These were sticky snowflakes, yet they didn’t attach to the frame easily, so I used Krazy Glue to place them onto the craft. I wrote a holiday message to add a nice finishing touch.

I covered the student’s face to protect their privacy

     It took me a couple days to complete this craft, but creating this frame ornament was easy to complete. It’s a thoughtful craft to apply toward any occasion. 

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