Fun Back-to-School #2 Pencil Picture Frame Craft

Is there anything better than a freshly sharpened #2 pencil? Today we are using my favorite school supply to make a #2 pencil picture frame that can proudly display those first day of school pictures.

This back to school craft is great for kids of all ages and would make a fun first day of school craft to take home memories of a successful first day of class.

Back-to-School Picture Frame

We sharpened pencils to different lengths to go around the frame. We did this with 5 layers of pencils on each side, but if you were doing this with a group of kids and didn’t have all the time in the world to sharpen pencils, one or two layers could work as well!

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#2 Pencil Frame for Back to School Pictures Craft

Supplies Needed


simple back to school picture frame

Step 1

Paint your frame a solid color using the acrylic paint.

Allow to dry completely.

Step 2

Use the pencil sharpener to sharpen the pencils to the right length.

You’ll want 2 pencils in every length, descending in length to reach the inside of the frame.

Each side of the frame will have 5 pencils in place.

school photo frame made from pencils

Step 3

Spread the wood glue onto each side of the frame and place the pencils in the correct position.

Allow to dry completely. The wood glue should dry clear.

painting decoupage onto school photo frame

Step 4

Use the sponge brush to coat the pencils in the decoupage sealer.

Make sure to get the ends of the pencils completely coated so that they won’t mark once the seal has set.

Allow to dry overnight.

school photo frame made with pencils

Step 5

Add your first day of school photo!

pencil school photo frame

Step 6

Find the perfect place at home to display your #2 pencil frame craft for others to see.

Check out our school bus picture frame craft if you want other back to school frame ideas!

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#2 Pencil Picture Frame Craft

Back-to-School Picture Frame

This fun back to school frame craft is perfect for displaying your first day of school pictures. It is created with #2 pencils. Older kids will be able to create this with very little supervision while younger kids will need some assistance.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5


  • 4×6 wooden picture frame
  • Acrylic paint (we used a golden yellow)
  • 20 pencils


  • Wood glue
  • Sponge brush
  • Pencil sharpener
  • (optional) Craft sealer/decoupage like mod podge


  1. Paint your wooden frame with paint and let dry.
  2. Sharpen your pencils strategically to get 5 layers to coordinate correctly at the corners.
  3. Glue on the pencils with wood glue and let dry.
  4. (optional) Seal the project with mod podge.
  5. Add photo and display!


Did you have fun sharpening all those pencils for our #2 pencil picture frame for back to school?

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