Summer Craft: Popsicle Stick Frame

popsicle stick frame

Grab your glue gun and some popsicle sticks and come join me for a simple summer craft that everyone can make!

Growing up I went to our town’s recreation department summer camp. I have fond memories of crafting with friends. I am pretty sure I made a lot of popsicle stick creations. Picture frames were always my favorites.

Today I am going to show you a simple popsicle stick frame that you can make in minutes… or over the course of several hours, depending on how much your kiddos love crafting! This is a not a new craft…and definitely not one I originally came up with, but I think it is one that kids will have a lot of fun with because it is so open-ended.

Materials Needed:

  • popsicle sticks (we used the colored fat ones)
  • glue gun and glue sticks (I am too impatient to use Elmers glue)
  • ribbon
  • foam sticky sheets (for backing of frame)
  • scissors
  • jewels and any other embellishments
To make the frame, just set up the popsicle sticks so that they make a square (or a rectangle) and then use the hot glue gun to adhere the sticks together. I recommend this project be done by kids ages 5+ with heavy adult supervision.
Next, grab any embellishments and start decorating! You could even paint your sticks. I hot glued ribbon to my frame and added some jewels.

Once I was done, I cut a square the size of the frame from the foam sticky sheets. Then I printed off what I wanted to put in my frame, and added it onto the sticky side of the stick foam. Lastly, I adhered the sticky edges of the foam to the back of the popsicle stick frame.

Voila!

Such a simple, easy craft project, but so fun to create!

I used this idea to create myself my own little “mom goals” photo frame. It hangs in my kitchen so that I can see it often. When the summer began to get crazy and I felt like it was getting out of control, I sat down during naptime and prioritized life and set some summer goals for myself.

Have you set any summer goals for yourself yet?

It felt wonderful, so I definitely recommend it! Every time I see my little “mom goal” frame I am reminded to spend more time focusing on what I think is truly most important this summer!

What would you put on your “mom goal” list?

What embellishments would your kids add to their photo frames?

Do you have any other favorite summer crafts using popsicle sticks? If so, share them in the comments!

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Kristina is a mom of two (a preschooler and a toddler) and a former Special Education teacher for children with communication disabilities. She writes about her creative explorations over at Toddler Approved. Her goal is to find ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.