How to Make a Clothespin Picture Frame With Popsicle Sticks

How to Make a Clothespin Picture Frame With Popsicle Sticks

How to Make a Clothespin Picture Frame With Popsicle Sticks

Making a clothespin picture frame with popsicle sticks is a fun and easy craft project. With just a few basic supplies, you can create a customizable photo holder to display your favorite snapshots.

What You’ll Need

  • Wooden clothespins – Make sure to get regular sized clothespins, not the jumbo ones. You’ll need enough pins for the size frame you want to make.
  • Popsicle sticks – Craft sticks or tongue depressors also work. Get enough to glue together into the size frame you want.
  • Wood glue – Look for a strong glue that bonds wood together. Elmer’s Wood Glue or Titebond wood glue are good options.
  • Photos printed to size – Print your photos to fit inside the clothespin openings. Standard photo sizes like 4×6″ or 5×7″ work well.
  • Paint, glitter, and other embellishments (optional) – If desired, gather paint, glitter glue, ribbon, lace, buttons etc. to decorate the frame.

Instructions

Step 1: Arrange the Popsicle Sticks

First, lay out the popsicle sticks in the dimensions you want your photo frame to be. For example, for a 5×7” frame, you may need 14 sticks for the 7” length and 5 sticks for the 5” width. Stack the sticks together and use wood glue to adhere them into a rectangular frame shape. Clamp them while drying if needed.

Popsicle sticks arranged in a rectangle shape

Let the glued popsicle stick frame dry completely before moving onto the next step. This is important so the sticks bond tightly together.

Step 2: Paint the Frame (Optional)

If you want to paint or decorate the popsicle stick frame, now is the time to do it. Consider painting it a neutral color like white, black, gray, or brown so the photos stand out. Or get creative with colored paints, glitter, colorful ribbons, lace, or patterned scrapbook paper!

Make sure any paint or glue decorations are completely dry before proceeding.

Step 3: Arrange the Clothespins

Once your popsicle stick frame is complete, you can start arranging the clothespins. Place them strategically around the back side of the frame. Make sure the pins are open enough to slip a photo into each one.

Clothespins arranged on back of frame

You may need to glue some clothespins together to form a tight fit. Glue pins side by side, overlapping them slightly so there are no gaps between photos. Add enough pins to fit however many photos you want to display. Leave space in between pins for variety.

Step 4: Insert the Photos

Finally, print and trim your photos to fit into the clothespin openings. Carefully insert each photo into a pin, sliding it in from the top. The clothespins will hold the photos in place once closed.

Display your new clothespin photo frame on a wall, mantel, or desk! Change out the pictures periodically or for different holidays and seasons.

Customize Your Frame

There are lots of ways to personalize a clothespin picture frame:

  • Paint or glitter the popsicle sticks before assembling for a colorful background.
  • Stencil patterns onto the sticks or clothespins.
  • Use ribbon to attach clothespins instead of gluing.
  • Craft themed frames for holidays like hearts for Valentine’s Day.
  • Make mini frames using smaller popsicle sticks and mini clothespins.

So grab your wood glue and clothespins and get crafting your own custom photo frame! This simple project makes a wonderful handmade gift for family and friends too.