17 popsicle sticks or craft sticks
silver or gold paint, or color of your choice
clear plastic to cover photo
hot glue gun and glue sticks (use only with adult help)
Glue two popsicle sticks together. Repeat three more times, so that you have four sets of two popsicle sticks glued together. Each one of these will be a side of your photo frame.
Glue your four sets into a photo frame. If you place the right side and the left side down on the table and then glue the top and the bottom frames across them, this will work great.
Use white glue or craft glue to draw squiggle lines on all sides for decorations except the back of the frame. Then let the frame dry completely.
If you want, you can cut two pieces of popsicle sticks for each corner and glue them on in an "X" shape on each corner of the frame for more decorative look, then each child can put sparkles or glitter on the raised corners on the X designs too. You don't have to do this.
If you prefer, you can leave the corners blank until after the painting, then glue on a flat glass marble, a seashell or small flowers.
Paint the entire frame in whatever color you want, including the squiggle lines of glue.
To make the frame stand up, 7 popsicle sticks together, with one on the bottom to keep it strong. You will need to help each child glue the photo frame to the side of the popsicle stick stand you just did with hot glue. Paint the stand in the same color as the frame and let it dry.
Cut some clear plastic to the size of the frame and glue it to the back of the frame. Cut a piece of cardboard to the same size and glue this to the back of the plastic on all three sides, but not the top.
Now the child will be able to take a photo and slide it between the plastic and the cardboard.
You can use a polaroid camera or digital camera if you have the photo printer at home, take a pic of your birthday child with their birthday guest and have that picture put into the frame when they are done to take home as one of their party favors. A great memory photo frame!