First Posted: 5/2/2014

With so many special days in May, such as V-E Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, a homemade picture frame can be a thoughtful gift or decoration. And, it’s fun to make.

What you will need:

  • A pencil
  • An empty cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Construction paper, tinfoil or wrapping paper
  • Decorative options: old greeting cards, beads, cut out letters, old puzzle pieces, ribbon or anything you think will be appropriate for the occasion


  1. Start your frame by cutting off one side of a cereal box. Make it whatever size or shape you prefer.
  2. Draw a small square or oval in the center. Leave at least one inch around the edge of your inner shape.
  3. Cut out the inner shape. This may be tricky, so ask a grown up for help if needed.
  4. Next, cover one side of your frame with construction paper, tinfoil or some wrapping paper. Try to keep the edges smooth. Use glue or tape on the backside of the frame to keep it on. Cut the inner shape out and fold any edges to the back.
  5. Now, on to the decorating. Use pictures from old greeting cards, beads, shells, words from magazines, or anything you have to decorate your frame. It can be random decorations or themed.
  6. After everything is dry, your final step is to put the picture in place. You can tape the backside of the picture to the backside of the frame, so once you turn the frame over the picture is facing the correct way.
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