Display your Back to School Pictures in this DIY School Bus Picture Frame

Let’s make a yellow school bus frame for your back to school first day pictures!

Don’t leave your back to school pictures to stay on your phone. Make this cute craft sticks schoolbus photo frame to display them. You can make this simple craft in an afternoon and the best way to do it is to involve kids.

diy School bus pictures frame with photo shown on a white background for back to school pictures
Let’s make a school bus picture frame…it will be fun!

DIY School Bus Picture Frames

Let’s save those back to school pictures in a special place by making this simple popsicle stick school bus picture frame. You could make a pocket on the back to keep past year’s pictures too!

This project is a lot of fun for kids and it helps with their hand-eye coordination by encouraging them to work on creating straight lines and arranging the craft sticks properly.

This will be one of the perfect craft activities for elementary students.

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supplies list for school bus pictures frame
Supplies for school bus pictures frame

Supplies Needed

Directions to Make School Bus Picture Frames

popsicle arranged to make school bus photo frame
Arrange the popsicle sticks as shown

Step 1

Paint seven of your craft sticks yellow, two black, and one grey with the craft paint.

Allow to fully dry.

Step 2

Line up five yellow craft sticks horizontally.

Coat the back of the black craft sticks in glue and press vertically on top of the yellow craft sticks — one on each side to create the rails of the bus. Leave a gap for one craft stick on top and two at the bottom for other parts of the school bus.

glue applied at the bottom of the black craft sticks to secure the school buses bumper for photo frame
Apply glue and attach the bumper part of the school bus pictures frame

Step 3

Glue a single yellow craft stick to the top of the bus horizontally for the top of the bus.

Red cardstock circle glued and a clothespin added to attach photo on to the schoolbus frame for back to school pictures
School bus pictures frame is ready for back to school pictures

Step 4

Glue another yellow craft stick and a grey craft stick horizontally at the bottom for the bottom of the bus to mimic the bumper of the school buses.

Step 5

Cut two circles from the red card stock and glue those down to create tail lights for the bus.

Step 6

Add a clothespin below the top craft stick positioned at the center using glue.

Allow it to dry.

You are almost done. 

Clear tape is pasted on the top part of the frame to write the school year which acts as dry erase board to change it every year
How cool is the dry erase feature of this frame?

Step 7

Use clear tape and cover the top and the bottom craft stick. Do this so that you can write your kid’s grade and year and wipe it away to change it every school year. (This is an optional step)

I used a permanent marker to write the grade and an alcohol wipe or drop of rubbing alcohol in a paper towel to wipe off in case of any mistake or changes you want to make. 

Attach your kids’ first day back to school picture in this simple DIY school bus pictures frame that you made and display it with joy. 

school bus photo frame diy shown on a white background in 45 degree angle
Back to school pictures frame is now ready to Vrooom!!!

The school bus photo frame is ready to display!

Glue a piece of twine folded at the back of the first craft stick to hang it or attach magnets using a strong glue like E6000 to display it on the fridge.

This school bus picture frame is best suited for wallet-size pictures.

back to school pictures frame is shown with a photo attached to clothes pin in school bus frame - school bus images
Schoolbus picture frame is ready!

This is one of the best five minute crafts for kids to do with kids this summer before the school starts.

Also, check preschooler activities and  kids activities if you looking for more things to do with your kids. 

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Popsicle Stick School Bus Picture Frame

school bus photo frame diy shown on a white background in 45 degree angle

Make this cute yellow school bus picture frame from popsicle sticks or craft sticks. It is the perfect back to school craft to display that first day of school picture. Customize it with grade, school year, school name, student name or anything that works best for you!

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


  • 10 large wooden craft sticks
  • Craft paint: yellow, black, and grey
  • Red card stock
  • Small clothespin
  • Magnets or string, ribbon or twine to hang the frame


  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Clear tape


  1. Paint 7 crafts sticks yellow, 2 black and one grey with craft paint & allow to dry.
  2. Line up 5 yellow craft sticks horizontally. Coat the back of the black popsicle sticks with glue and push vertically across the 5 yellow to create the bus rails.
  3. Glue a single yellow craft stick across the top.
  4. Glue another yellow craft stick and the grey craft stick across the bottom to make a bus bumper.
  5. Add two circles cut from red card stock as tail lights.
  6. Add a yellow painted tiny clothes pin to hold the photo.
  7. Add grade, year, name, etc. onto clear tape with permanent marker allowing you to change it each year or write directly on the popsicle sticks.
  8. Hang with magnets or twine.

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