Foam 'Foto' Frame

Marnie McCown-Guard
Category Decorative

This is a fun, easy project for any family member. A great project for kids that allows them to express themselves and customize their favorite photos!

You will need:

  • A large sheet of craft foam (shown measures 17 _ inches by 11 _ inches)
  • Magnetic strips w/ adhesive
  • Craft glue
  • Craft Knife (do not let children use a craft knife) and Cutting Mat

  • Decorative Embellishments
  • A favorite photo
  • Scissors

Optional material:

  • Decorative accents
  • Die cut stamps
  • Coordinating color of foam
  • Coluzzle Mat Cutting guide

You will want to be sure:

Children are supervised around craft knife and scissors

Estimated Cost:

  • Craft Foam Sheet 99 cents
  • Foam Letters $3.29 (leaves PLENTY of letters left over for your next project!)
  • Glue $1.50

*materials purchased at a large craft retail store.

Estimated Project Time: 20-30 minutes

To begin, be sure you have all your materials assembled and a clean workspace. This makes any project a lot easier.

Decide what size your frame will be and cut out the back piece. (Use a cutting mat)

Cut a similar size for the front and trim out a middle section for your photo.

Once you have cut out the middle out glue the front and back together using a small amount of craft glue on the top, bottom and right edges. DO NOT glue all the edges together because you need to slide your photo in somehow.


Once the glue is dry, you can decorate your frame any way you desire.

Once the front of the frame is to your liking, turn it over and apply 2 magnetic strips. One along the top edge and one along the bottom.

Remember: Be sure to use magnetic strips that are strong enough to hold your frame on a fridge, locker door or any metal surface. These are a great project for rainy summer days! Pull out a box of photos and have at it!

Optional embellishments:

  • Die cut shapes
  • Any embellishments that relate to your photograph

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About The Author: Marnie McCown-Guard is a freelance writer/photographer. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, the Internet and even audio CD. Currently at work writing her 2nd how-to book, she tries to exercise her creativity with crafts whenever possible. Her favorite piece combines her love of writing and photography in a 24-page scrapbook she created for her husband to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Visit her at http://www.ProfileProfessionalWriters...


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By Jennifer, CA (Guest Post)
June 24, 20050 found this helpful

I share the same love for these! We love to make photo frame magnets for holidays they make great ornaments too!

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June 25, 20050 found this helpful

WOW! I have never thought of this! thanks for the great idea i know i will be making some of my own ! :) natasha

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July 12, 20050 found this helpful

This is a great craft for children. You buy some foam and make frames. Let the children take pictures of an outing and then put the pictures in the frames and then place in fridge!

By Noelia Gutierrez

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