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Boardwalk Frame | Easy Crafts for Kids

Boardwalk Frame

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

After a trip to the boardwalk or pier, this Popsicle stand makes a sweet display for photos and small souvenirs.

Materials

  • Glue (we like Beacon's Kids Choice glue for its extra-strong hold)
  • Sandpaper
  • Cardboard (ours measures 9 by 6 inches)
  • Blue card stock
  • 32 standard craft sticks
  • Craft knife
  • 2 corks
  • 6 (2-1/2 inch) craft sticks (available at craft stores)
  • Jute twine
  • Acrylic paint or markers
  • Small piece of wood or cardboard
  • Photographs

Instructions

Make the base. Glue the sandpaper to the cardboard and trim off any excess. Cut a wave design along one edge of the blue card stock. Glue the card stock to the sandpaper, folding the extra card stock under the front of the cardboard and gluing it.

To make the boardwalk, lay out 20 standard craft sticks, long sides touching. Glue on four sticks horizontally, as shown. Using the craft knife (a parent's job), cut the corks in half. Glue on four cork "feet" and let the glue dry.

To make the center frame, arrange eight standard craft sticks in a frame shape and glue them together at the corners. Let the glue dry.

To make each of the smaller frames, glue three 2-1/2 craft sticks together at the corners and let the glue dry. Cut a piece of jute twine (ours measures 17 inches) and wrap it around the middle stick, as shown, using a dab of glue at each end to secure it. Glue the small frames to the large one and let the glue dry.

Glue the cork feet to the sandpaper base, then glue the large frame to the boardwalk. (Tip: Cover a book with waxed paper and press it against the back of the frame to support it until the glue dries.) Use the paint or markers to decorate a small wood or cardboard sign, then glue it on. Trim each photograph to size and dab glue at the corners to attach it to the frame.

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