Mother’s Day Picture Frames

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Frame your favorite memory for Mother’s day!

Age: 3+

Duration: 15 minutes (plus drying time)

Learning Objectives: Practice literary skills while spelling out words with letter mosaics. Practice fine motor skills while gluing picture frame elements. Make a beautiful take-home craft.DSC_6521.JPG

You’ll Need: 


Our economy frames come in lots of fun shapes, so you can match the tone of your favorite memory with a fun shaped frame! As a bonus, the centers of the frames pop out and can be decorated to add an element to your frame design. For this project, I’ll use the plain rectangular frame, but you can adapt this activity to any design in the Economy Fun Frames pack.


Our cardboard frames are specially designed to nest inside each other, giving you more value! Simply break apart the frames along the perforations. You have a smaller frame inside for another project, and the solid center shape can be used as a decorative component!DSC_6523

Once you have your frame in front of you, it’s time to decorate! To keep this project fast and neat, I use washable markers to color in the frame, but you can use paint, colored pencils and crayons to decorate your frame.

Once your frame has its base color or colors, grab a pile of Alphabet Pasting Pieces and sort through them. I will need the letters “i,” “m,” and “o” because my frame will spell out “I ♥ Mom.” Feel free to choose your own special message to spell! You can explore different types of lettering styles with interesting colors and designs. Once you have chosen your message, glue the pieces down with a glue stick or white glue.

Now it’s time to create the heart component! I started with a sheet of our color diffusing paper, and cut out a small heart shape. Then I used red liquid watercolor paint to color the heart. Once that was dry, I cut a slightly smaller heart out of a purple tissue circle. Finally, I chose a purple heart button to layer on top of the other two hearts. DSC_6529

To hold everything together, I used one of our plastic lacing needles and some yarn to stitch the layers together. Our flexible needles are easy to thread and classroom-safe! There shouldn’t be any pricked fingers this Mother’s Day. Tie a knot in the yarn on the back side of your heart to secure it. DSC_6530

Once the heart component was put together, I glued it to the corner of the frame. DSC_6532

Once your frame is decorated, print out a copy of mom’s favorite photo, cut it slightly larger than the inside edge of the frame, and glue it in place. This makes a fabulous take-home craft for all of your students, and just in time for Mother’s Day!Frame 01 (facebook version_small)


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Borders Paper

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Frame your students’ artwork before they make it! R15287 Borders Paper features a variety of printed borders with blank interiors for students to illustrate their artwork.

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We asked students in a class to draw themselves and their favorite things. We got back some beautiful and colorful drawings! Each of the Borders Papers represents a historical era or culture through the thematic illustrated frames, so they can be used as supplements to social studies lessons.

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These two friends drew pictures of each other!

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This picture tells a story! When asked about the picture, this student said it was silly because the friends were getting rained on even though there was sun on the other side! Use Borders Paper to frame short stories, poems, even photographs!


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Craft Spotlight: Wild Flower Paper Bits


Try out our Wild Flower Paper Bits and decorate scenes, book covers, picture frames and more this season!

Our R15657 Wild Flower Paper Bits come with an assortment of flower shapes, petals, flower centers in a range of colors and patterns.

Pop out the various flower bits from the backing and paste down wherever needed. The whimsical designs and bright colors make the paper bits perfect for decorating skulls for Day of the Dead, which takes place on October 31st in Mexico.

Try out some of our project ideas using the DIY YouTube videos below! Check out Cathy’s brief review of our Wild Flower Paper Bits and the variety of projects you can make with the flower cutouts.

In the following video, we show you how to put together your own picture frames with markers, glue and a few of the Wild Flower Paper Bits.


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