This week at Crafternoon we made bubble wrap printed photo frames. It’s easy and the results are wonderful! We had 47 children from ages 1 to 8 over the course of the afternoon, and all 47 frames were beautiful. Here’s the quick and easy step by step.
First, gather your materials. You’ll need:
- Wooden photo frames (I got ours from the local craft store).
- Paint and brushes. We used craft acrylics in eight different colors. They do stain, but they dry fast, are cheap, and come in gorgeous colors. We wore smocks!
- Bubble wrap. We used the kind with small bubbles since our frames were small.
- Masking tape, to secure the bubble wrap to the table
- Little cups to put your paints in.
Start by painting your frame with a thin coat of paint (so it dries quickly). You can paint it all one color or mix it up.
Next, secure your bubble wrap to your work surface with some masking tape. We used pieces of bubble wrap about 12″ square, but just go with something a bit bigger than your frame. Paint all over the bubble wrap with other colors of paint.
Finally, take your photo frame, painted-side down, and place it into your bubble wrap. Press gently to lift a print from the bubbles.
Carefully lift up your frame to reveal your print. If you want, you can paint on the bubble wrap some more and lift another print! Or, just let it dry and you’re all done. You can seal the frame with a water-based sealer like Mod Podge once it’s dry, if you like.
Here are some of the 47 frames that our Crafternoon kids made yesterday! Aren’t they all beautiful?