Thursday, July 2, 2015

My husband had a birthday yesterday, and Smarty made him a very special present – an embossed aluminum foil picture frame. Here is how your older kids can make one too.
Gifts by Kids: An Embissed Picture Frame
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Inspiration for this Project

My 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 Needed

We 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:

Making an Aluminum Foil Embossed Photo Frame

My 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

Make Circles with a Glue Gun
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.

Aluminum Foil Tape Goes In
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

Adding Color to Embossed Photo 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!

Your Turn

Gifts Made by Kids - Embossed Picture Frame
What kind of homemade gifts did your kids make lately?

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Phyllis said...

I love this!!

Ticia said...

This would make a great grandparent gift. My kids would love making this. We did a similar thing for making a Viking brooch.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

She did a great job! It really turned out nice. I think the best kid-made gift I've my children have made was washers "painted" with finger nail polish and turned into a necklace - I think it was a "Family Fun" idea from a few years back. The end result was actually wearable.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

This is so pretty! Definitely grabbing some of those frames next time we are in IKEA.

Darlene Nemeth said...

Wow. It looks simple enough to do. I bet my granddaughters would love to make this. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning. Have a great weekend. Best wishes, Darlene

Eileen Teo said...

This is so pretty! I love it!
Happy be-lated birthday to your husband!
Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

erin said...

Cool craft! Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday. You will be featured next week. :)

Emma @ P is for Preschooler said...

The Sharpies on the foil make a beautiful product! This is a great gift!

Melissa French - The More With Less Mom said...

Oooh this is beautiful! You could bump up the color in your room with these, too. Thanks for posting. Hello from Frugal Family Linky.

Elisa | blissfulE said...


Otilia Stocks said...

oh what a pretty craft and gift! thank you for linking with the #pinitparty

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing on Frugal Family Linky last week - your post has been featured this week on Peakle Pie - we really love it! #FrugalFamilyLinky ! Hope to see you joining in again soon!