Toddler Activities: Easy Rhinestone Photo Frame


Toddler Activities: Decorate a Frame with Rhinestones, buttons, flowers and paint.


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  • Craft Sticks (Jumbo, skinny, or colored)

  • Assorted flat back rhinestones, flat buttons, satin flowers, foam shapes, letter beads.

  • Paint (Ceramcoat or Acrylic) if you are using plain craft sticks.

  • Paint brushes

  • Craft Glue like Fabric-Tac

  • Parchment Paper to work on

  • Container for water

  • Ribbon to hang

  • Tape


  • If you have a picture in mind already printed, lay the craft sticks on top to make sure it will fit the frame properly. You can lightly mark the sticks with a pencil.
  • If you are using the same size picture for all the children, make a template of the shape. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top and you can use that as a guide to gluing the sticks together.
  • Glue crafts as shown in picture.
  • Paint if desired. Let dry. Acrylic paint dries quickly, you will need 2 coats.
  • Glue on rhinestones, buttons, foam shapes or whatever decorations you prefer. See our photos for some ideas.
  • Let dry.
  • Attach ribbon on back with craft glue.
  • Attach photo using tape.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Print out picture first and lay the jumbo sticks on top. Mark where you need to glue the sticks. Or if it is a class or group picture, make a template to lay the craft sticks on.
  • Acrylic Paint or Ceramcoat works best. Paint 2-3 coats for best results. Ceramcoat is washable when wet and will dry permanent so use a smock or old t-shirt.
  • Spray with Acrylic Spray for more shine. This will take extra time so plan to add the decor the following day for best results.

Simple Frame

Here is a very basic frame that works for a preschooler. You can make the center larger by simply moving the sticks out so that the ends make a square. Stick on foam, rhinestones are the easiest to work with.

Party Make and Take

This one was used as a party craft and is featured at Perfect It has a simple frame with flowers on it. Perfect Make and Take.

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