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How to Create a Kids’ Artwork Frame

by Jean Van't Hul
March 1, 2022
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This handmade gift idea has kids making their own hanging kids artwork frame with cardboard, paint sticks, wire, and beads.

Updated April 2022

We like to encourage our kids to make handmade gifts for family and friends. Sometimes it’s home baked treats, sometimes it’s art, sometimes it’s playdough snowmen, sometimes it’s a gift we craft together.

We especially love these recycled cardboard kids’ artwork frames with vibrant colors and beaded handles.

If you’re looking for a handmade gift idea, this is a sweet one for the kids to make for family, teachers, and friends. These frames also make a great addition to a home art gallery!

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How to Make a Kids’ Artwork Frame

A big thank you to Kwik Stix for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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*Kwik Stix are a low-mess alternative to paint. They are basically tempera paint in a solid stick form. The color glides onto the paper very smoothly, a bit like oil pastels, but the paint quickly dries to a hard, smudge-free paint surface. And the colors are wonderful and vibrant! 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the cardboard

    Note: This part of the process is an adult’s job.

    First, use a utility knife to cut two pieces of cardboard into matching rectangles or squares. Any size is fine. We made ours roughly the size of a sheet of paper. One will be the back of the frame and one will be the front.
    Then, cut out the center of the top piece of cardboard. We traced a ruler onto the cardboard for an even frame of about 1 1/4 inches wide.

    How to Make the DIY Cardboard Frame - Cutting out the cardboard

    Slip a piece of art paper between the two pieces of cardboard and trim it to fit.

    How to Make the DIY Cardboard Frame - Assembling the pieces

  2. Get your materials prepped

    Set up your art-making station with the frames, paper, drawing tools, and paint sticks.

    Kid Made Art Gifts - Set Up

    Note, you could skip the paper and draw with the paint sticks directly on cardboard. Kwik Stix show up great on cardboard!

  3. Draw and paint your picture

    You can make your picture anything you want! You can use the paint sticks to add color.

    Kids Handmade Gift Idea - Drawing the Picture

    And you can use permanent markers on top of the paint sticks as well as under!

    Collaborating on an artwork

    The paint from the paint sticks dries quickly but if you want to try blending and color mixing, you can do so in the first minute to 90 seconds.

    Using Kwik Stix Paint Sticks

  4. Decorate your frame

    Once you’ve finished your artwork, it’s time to decorate your frame! We liked adding a pattern of colors around the edge.

    Kids Handmade Gift Idea - Decorating the Frame with Paint Sticks

  5. Make your beaded handle

    To create the hanging and carrying handle on your framed artwork, punch two holes at the top of the cardboard back. Slip a length of flexible wire through one, wrapping the end around itself to secure it.

    String beads along the wire, leaving enough room at the end to wrap it through the second hole.

    Kids Handmade Gift Idea - Create Beaded Hanging Wire

  6. Put your frame together!

    Now it’s time to glue the three layers together—the cardboard backing (with the beaded handle), the paper artwork, and the decorated cardboard frame front.

    We used a hot glue gun, but you could easily use most other glues if you’re more patient about drying time.

    Glue the pieces together

Finally, admire your new DIY cardboard frame and artwork. These are so perfect to give as a gift! Or as a sweet way to display your kids’ artwork.

Handmade Gift Idea - Hanging Framed Kids Art
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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Thanks again to Kwik Stix for sponsoring this post; all opinions expressed are my own.

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