A total makeover of my son’s bedroom got me thinking on how exactly I could reuse his old toys and other stuff to create an absolutely adorable look for the walls. That’s when I thought of cute photo frames for kids. A quick Google search tells me of this absolutely adorable DIY photo frame that I can make from old Hot Wheels cars which my pre-teen hardly even looks at. It is such a lovely way to repurpose and reuse stuff that’s been lying around for years. All you need to do is to find undamaged old toys or things belonging to your child that you no longer need. Then get an old photo frame or make a simple cardboard picture frame and paste these decorations neatly or in a cute pattern all over it.
DIY Photo Frame – 7 Adorable Ideas
You will find millions of ideas for a DIY photo frame pasted all over the internet. I liked to shortlist these as they make wonderful ideas for kid’s bedroom decor. There are many more made of popsicle sticks, old CDs, Book cover cardboards etc. but these are not durable and look cheap on walls. The ones made of old, repurposed wooden pallets look great but take quite some time to give them the perfect vintage look.
So here are a few of my favourite ideas that look great and do not take much of your precious time.
What you need for a DIY photo frame
1. A wooden photo frame or a plastic one would do great. Avoid cardboard ones as they are not durable and can get mouldy over time since they absorb moisture easily.
2. Small, old cars
4. Hot glue gun
5. Egg Cartons
6. Lego pieces
7. A clock making kit
8. Pages from a glossy magazine
9. Clear Liquid Glue
10. A coloring brush
Hot wheels Photo Frame
Paint your photo frame with a nice, bright colour. Clean and keep your Hot Wheels car collection ready. Glue them on to the frame one by one with a hot glue gun. Place a generous amount of glue with the hot glue gun. You don’t want the cars falling off. Also, choose small, cute cars that the frame can support easily.
via Hot Wheels
Super Hero Photo Frame
Catch hold of a nice comic book or take a colour print from an online comic book superhero series. Cover an old photo frame with this neatly. Apply a coat of clear liquid glue all over this. Allow it to dry. What you get is a simple, eye –catching superhero decoupage picture frame. Insert a picture of your child wearing a superhero costume into this frame.
So what do you think of this Captain America comic book themed photo frame from Etsy? Doesn’t it look great?
This Batman photo frame is a cool photo frame for kids. You just need to paste a few additional painted cardboard cutouts to the photo frame – Silhouettes of buildings, the Batman Logo and a cute Batman. Cover these with a single coat of colourless glue, once the paint dries.
Egg Carton Flower Frame
This DIY photo frame is for cute and pretty girl bedrooms. Looking at this one, I was surprised to see how egg carton flowers could look so lovely! Though this tutorial is for a mirror frame, you can easily make one for your photographs too.
Paper Quilling Photo Frame
Come up with some very pretty paper quilling artwork to cover a basic wood photo frame. Use lovely, vibrant coloured paper quills to make flowers, leaves, butterflies and what not. Check out this amazing DIY frame tutorial paper quilling art by Instructables. A paper quilling photo frame is a must on a girl bedroom wall.
Crayon Photo Frames
If you have school going kids, you ought to have dozens of packets of wax crayons at home. You either buy them or get them as return gifts at birthdays. In any case, make good use of these by crafting a clever crayon photo frame. Check out how Katie makes this lovely crayon DIY photo frame at sweetrosestudio
This is another crayon photo frame with a nice bow and the kid’s name pasted on top with some modelling clay.
Lego Photo Frame
Lego is an all time favourite with boys. Use Lego blocks to create a simple, colourful and elegant photo frame for your boy’s bedroom. Top it with Lego characters. Vanessa has made this lovely DIY Frame and she tells you how at her blog See Vanessa Craft
Photo Frames Wall Clock
Use about twelve photo frames to create an awesome wall clock. Let this be the focal point of your kid’s bedroom or even your bedroom. Try different coloured frames. Experiment with different sizes. Use black and white photographs or colour prints. Make a custom clock in the centre of your wall. Nail these twelve frames on the wall such that they depict various hours according to the hands of the clock.
Here is a detailed instruction set at photojojo
Magazine Photo Frame
Tear pages from old glossy magazines. Using thin sticks to roll these papers as tightly as possible. Stick the outer edges once done. Paste these magazine paper sticks onto an old wooden / plastic frame. Do this in a beautiful pattern of your choice. Check this out at craftstylish
Let me know if you have any more ideas for a cool DIY photo frame.