Looking for a great back to school photo frame craft? We got you! Kids of all ages will love making these DIY picture frame crafts. This number 2 pencil wooden craft frame is perfect for school photos and a great way to remember the first day of school! This is a great way to turn an old frame into something amazing with this easy craft.

Back-to-School Picture Frame finished craft shown of a #2 pencil frame with a child's first day of school picture inside - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make a picture frame craft!

Picture Frame Craft for Kids

Let’s make picture frame crafts! 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 craft 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.

There is no more iconic school supply than the #2 pencil! This picture frame craft is great for using that common school supply to decorate and create a picture frame worthy of a back to school picture!

Related: Check out our school bus picture frame craft

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Supplies Needed to Make Picture Frame Craft

Directions to Make School Supply Picture Frame Craft

simple back to school picture frame

Step 1

Paint your frame a solid color using the acrylic paint.

Allow to dry completely.

Step 2

  1. Use the pencil sharpener to sharpen the pencils to the right length.
  2. You’ll want 2 pencils in every length, descending in length to reach the inside of the frame.
  3. 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

Finished Picture Frame Craft for Back to School Fun

Find the perfect place at home to display your #2 pencil frame craft for others to see. If you’re looking for back to school frame decoration ideas, then this one is among the great ideas. This diy project will turn a wood frame or any frame into a special little thing that will keep your favorite photo of your kids safe.

This can also make an awesome gift. Give it to Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, Uncles, it really is a great gift to hold beautiful memories using simple supplies.

#2 Pencil Frame for Back to School Pictures Craft

Make This Craft with One Child or Many…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 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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