Make a Bubble Photo Frame

by Amanda F Posted on March 05, 2011

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Do you have fun bubble bath snapshots of your child? You know the ones; a pile of bubbles sitting on top of their head, or maybe a bubble beard? All the while that cute, smiling face peers out from among the suds! Frame those adorable memories in this fun bubble themed frame that’s super easy to make. It’s also a wonderful gift for relatives.

If you like this, you might also like this Stenciled Frame that’s perfect for a girl’s room or maybe you’re just looking for some fun kid’s crafts to keep the little ones busy!

Supplies:

Photograph for framing
Piece of cardboard a little larger than your photo
4 craft sticks
15 large puzzle pieces (will need more or less depending on puzzle piece size)
White & light blue acrylic craft paint
Small piece of sponge
Iridescent and/or clear flat marbles in small, medium and large
Small fish stickers
White craft glue
Hot glue gun
Scissors
Newspaper

Instructions:

Prep
Use a paintbrush or sponge to smear an even layer of craft glue to the back of the photograph. Attach the photograph to the piece of cardboard. Use craft glue to attach the craft sticks around the photograph as shown in the below image. Trim cardboard so that it is just larger than the photograph. Set aside to dry.

Paint
Lay newspaper down on table and place puzzle pieces face up. Have the children paint the puzzle pieces white. You may need 2-3 coats for some depending on the darkness of the pattern on the puzzle pieces. Allow to dry. When dry, lightly sponge on light blue paint “here and there” all over the puzzle pieces.

Glue
Using hot glue, adhere the puzzle pieces to the ice cream sticks. Work your way around the frame, be sure that pieces overlap and do not leave any gaps between pieces.

Decorate
After all pieces are glued in place, use hot glue to add flat marbles around the frame. Alternate large, medium and small marbles to look like floating bubbles. Decorate with two tiny fish stickers, if desired.

Hang!
For a simple hanger, hot glue a piece of sturdy string or yarn across the back of the cardboard.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda.

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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    You have some really cute ideas. I taught Sunday School and a pre-school teacher for about 17 years. We made so many creative crafts. This brings back some wonderful memories. Thank you for ideas for my grandkids.

  2. Joey Says:

    Crafty Amanda is at it again. I look forward to your articles.
    They are fun and inspiring. This bubble frame is too cute.
    Thanks for sharing your creative energy!

  3. Tiffany M Says:

    So cute. Love that my little man can help with this project too.

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    This is soooo cute….what a great idea. I love the use of the puzzle pieces! Who would have know put together they give a very bubbly look.

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)

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