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Not So Lazy Days: Framing with pops

Updated on August 26, 2011

Arts & Crafts

With the hurricane coming this weekend, we stocked up on popsicle sticks at the craft store (the boys were on a Fla-Vor-Ice kick this summer, so too few recycled) because there are so many things you can make with these sticks. They are like primitive Legos, if you think about it.

The first project we made were picture frames. We used 14 sticks per frame, but those who want to hang their frames will only need 12.

First, we lined up 10 of the sticks side-by-side. Then, each child swabbed (I poured out glue on a paper plate and gave each child a Q-tip to apply the glue) glue on the entire length of the 11th stick and stuck the stick to the top of the row of popsicle sticks. They then repeated this step with the 12th stick to place on the bottom of the row. These two sticks form the top and bottom of the frame.

After letting it dry for a few minutes (knowing their sometimes rough-acting fingers may accidentally cause the beginning steps to separate), each child then placed a dot of glue on all four corners. They then placed the two remaining sticks on the sides.

I told the boys to twist their head to look at the side of the sides they just placed. An opening was there to insert a photograph or small drawing. Both boys then decided they wanted to draw something to place in their frames.

They drew their artwork as the frames dried some more. After they finished drying, the boys decorated their frames, coloring with crayons and sticking on foam lettering. Once completed, the boys slid their drawings into the frames and admired both pieces of art.

To add hanging capabilities, only use eight sticks for the back of the frame. This will create an over hang. On each side of the top over hang, tie yarn, ribbon, string, or whatever is available.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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      Samantha Sinclair 6 years ago from North Carolina


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      thebookmom 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Love the frames, so cute!