With craft foam, some glitter and glue, you can make this picture frame for St. Patrick's Day.  It is a fun kids craft project.

Materials and Supplies

Craft Supplies:

  • Two 6" x  9" pieces of craft foam - one should be green, the other can be green or white
  • Smaller amount of contrasting green craft foam - a 3" square and a 4" square
  • Two 10mm googly eyes
  • White glue
  • Glitter glue
  • Green glitter
  • Black permanent marker
  • Piece of cardboard
  • 7mm Pompom

Craft Instructions

  1. Cut a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" opening in the center of your sheet of green craft foam.  An easy way to do this is to make a pattern by cutting a 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" rectangle from cardboard.  Lay the cardboard on top of the craft foam being sure it is centered.  Trace around it then cut out.  An X-acto knife will give a nice clean cut but should only be used by adults.  If you use an X-acto knife, be sure to use a self healing mat to protect your work surface.  Another way to cut the opening is with a pair of scissors.  First, poke a hole in the center of the area to be cut then cut towards and along the edges.  You can also purchase premade craft foam frames - if you do skip to step #4.
  2. Apply glue to two short sides and one long side of the piece you just cut but keep the glue at least 1/2" from your center opening.  Lay your second piece of 6" x 9" craft foam on top of this.  Let the glue dry completely.  The piece of craft foam with the opening in it is the front of your picture frame.  The solid side is the back.  The long side without glue will be the top of the frame.
  3. Cut a 3" x 5" piece from sturdy cardboard.  This will be the stand.  Make a fold 1" from one of the 3" ends of this piece of cardboard.  Apply glue to this 1" section and attach to the back side of your frame.  To position the stand, hold your frame face down being sure the opening is at the top.  Center the stand along the 9" side and up from the bottom about 4 1/2".  Let the glue dry completely.  Using a hot glue gun will eliminate this drying time.
  4. While the stand dries, cut out one large and one small shamrock from the contrasting green craft foam using the patterns on our printable page.
  5. Spread a layer of white glue on one side of the small shamrock and cover the glue with green glitter.  Shake off any excess.  See our Hints & Tips section for hints on working with glitter.  Then, outline the small shamrock with silver, white or clear glitter glue.
  6. Outline the large shamrock with the same glitter glue.
  7. Glue googly eyes and a pompom nose onto the large shamrock.  Draw on a mouth and eyebrows using a black permanent marker
  8. Once the stand is dry, turn the frame over so that it is right side up.  Be sure the opening is still at the top.  Glue one shamrock in each of the lower corners.
  9. Using gold glitter glue or gold fabric paint in a squeeze bottle, write "Happy St. Patrick's Day" on the frame.

When your frame is completely dry, insert a picture of your choice in the opening in the top of the frame.

Printable Instructions & Pattern

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