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Bubble Frame
By Amanda Formaro

bubble frame
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Here's a fun and creative way to frame one of those classic bubble bath shots! Grab some old puzzle pieces, paint and some craft gems and you are on your way. These easy and personalized frames make wonderful gifts for relatives.

You will need:

  • photograph for framing
  • piece of cardboard a little larger than your photo
  • 4 ice cream sticks
  • 15 puzzle pieces (will need more or less depending on puzzle piece size)
  • white & light blue tempera paint
  • small piece of sponge
  • irodescent and/or clear craft gems in small, medium and large
  • small fish stickers
  • Craft glue
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • newspaper

Instructions:

Prep
Using craft glue, adhere the photograph to the piece of cardboard. Use craft glue to attach the ice cream sticks around the photograph as shown in figure 1 from our Puzzle Frame project. Trim cardboard so that it is just larger than the photograph. Set aside to dry.


Figure 1 (from our Puzzle Frame project)

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.

back of frame
Figure 2 (from our Puzzle Frame project)

Decorate
After all pieces are glued in place, use hot glue to adhere craft gems around the frame. Alternate large, medium and small gems 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. See figure 2 from our Puzzle Frame project.

Copyright © Amanda Formaro. All Rights Reserved.

Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine at http://familycorner.com.


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