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Inspiration for this ProjectMy husband’s birthday kind of “snuck up” on us this year, especially on Smarty. She was having a panic moment on Monday when I asked her if she gave any thought to her present for Papa. I did mention that to her over the weekend, but she was not in the mood, and my husband was home, which would spoil a surprise element. On Monday, she was also tired after an entire day in her science summer camp, but she knew she couldn't procrastinate any longer. She said that she doesn’t want the usual card or picture, and asked me for help selecting a good gift to make. Luckily, just earlier that today I’ve seen this adorable Aluminum Picture Frame tutorial from Aunt Peaches. Smarty liked the look of the finished project, and we watched a tutorial video on YouTube to see what we need for the project.
Supplies NeededWe had to drive to Home Depot (luckily, it’s located 10 minutes from our home) to get an essential material for this project and more gluesticks. Here is what you need:
- A wooden or plastic frame, ours was 5x7 IKEA frame
- A Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks (we used several during this project)
- Aluminum Foil Tape (I didn’t know it existed until I needed to get it for this project )
- Permanent markers in different colors if you want to color your frame.
Making an Aluminum Foil Embossed Photo FrameMy 8 year old did all the project on her own, but I was hanging out with her and gave her some advice to make it a little faster, since we started late in the day and needed to finish it on the same day. We took breaks, so it took more than 2 hours to complete, but generally you will need at least an hour for this project or you can break it into two days, one day for hot glue, second day for aluminum foil.
1. Make hot glue circles
Smarty “drew” circles with a glue gun on her picture frame. She free-handed her circles first and tried to outline them, but our glue gun flows a little thick, so she needed to make larger circles with a glue gun than the ones she drew with a pencil. Wait for the glue to dry fully before the next step. Here is how our frame looked when the glue dried:
2. Wrap aluminum foil around the frame.
Our frame was not thick, and the width of an aluminum foil tape was just perfect for it. Once she put the tape on, Smarty used her thumb to “emboss” the ridges of the glue shapes underneath, so the frame became to look 3D.
3. Color your frame
It’s crucial to use Sharpies here. They are going to give the frame a beautiful “jeweled” look. For a change, Smarty exercised restraint and chose only several complementary colors for her project. My husband was very impressed with the end result!
What kind of homemade gifts did your kids make lately?
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