Things have been crazy all over the world this past week, and our family has been doing our best to stay busy and positive in the midst of it all. The boys have been excited to do art projects, and their favorite so far were these colorful geometric photo frames. They’re really simple to make, require very few supplies (which can all be purchased on Amazon if you don’t have them on hand), and kids from ages 3-18 can create them. In fact, you might even find yourself wanting to make one of your own! As a bonus, if you are homeschooling, you can tie this in with a little art history and learn about Mondrian, who painted with geometric figures and primary colors. Here’s how to make this project…
Unfinished wooden photo frame (available on Amazon)
Paint markers OR acrylic paint and paintbrush
Creating Your Photo Frame
Step 1: Use a ruler and pencil to divide the frame into geometric sections.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this. The sections can be as large or as small as you like, and can be any kind of geometric shapes, like triangles, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, or other polygons.
Step 2: Color each shape using paint markers.
I prefer paint markers for this project because they’re so easy to control and they don’t make a mess, but if all you have is regular acrylic paint and a brush, that works too!
Step 3: Draw lines separating the shapes with black, white, or metallic paint marker.
This will really make the design pop and look like a mosaic. The kids thought theirs looked like stained glass! Make sure your paint is totally dry before adding these lines so the colors don’t mix.
The best part about this project is that every single finished project will look totally unique! The combination of shapes and colors will be one of a kind and create a new effect every time. Kids will also enjoy choosing what to put inside their frame: an inspirational quote, a photo of family or friends, or anything they like. It’s a great opportunity to hand letter something, then frame your art!
My youngest son decided to print and frame a photo of his favorite animal, the blue-footed booby.
There are lots of ways to measure the success of a project, but my favorite is by the size of the smiles. I’d say this was a hit.
Tune in to Midday Maryland at noon EST on WMAR this Monday to see me create this project on air (we filmed awhile ago before life got quite so crazy). If you and your family decide to give it a try, I’d love to see how your geometric photo frames turn out! Share your photos in the Amy Latta and Friends Facebook Group so we can all be inspired! Don’t forget to pin this project for later and share it with your friends. Stay safe and well!
Looking for more at-home craft projects? Check out these posts:
5 Kids Projects with At-Home Supplies
10 At-Home Art Lessons for Kids
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