Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

There are ups and downs to having sons who are 8 years apart. The upside being that my oldest son, 14 years, has always been a helpful big brother, a great protector, and a positive role model for my little guy. The downside is that their interests are very different from one another, so finding common ground between them can be a challenge. Not impossible, but it does take some creative planning.

One quality that both of my boys do share is creativity, so I know that I can always turn an art or craft project I want to do an activity as a family. Anything that involves paint, glue and getting messy is a huge plus as well. Boys will be boys, as they say!

We recently worked on a fun diy paper photo frame banner project together that involved all of my boys’ favorite things and the result was so cute that I wanted to share it with you today! I hope your kiddos enjoy it as much as mine did.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Let’s get started!

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

DIY Paper Photo Frame Banner

What you need:

  • 10 4×6 photographs

  • 10 paper photo frames (I bought ours pre-made online, but you can also make yourself with cardstock paper)

  • 10 or more mini clothes pins

  • paint

  • paintbrushes

  • glitter glue

  • twine

  • paper towels

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

STEP 1: Paint the mini clothes pins.

I divided up the mini clothes pins between my boys (5 each) and let them paint them how they wanted. My teenager was much more meticulous than my 6 year-old, but that was quite okay. There are no rules when it comes to art.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

My teen washed out his brush between colors, making sure not to mix any of the paints together.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

The Bounty paper towels came in handy for drying off his brush.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

My younger son, on the other hand, was all for mixing the paints together to create entirely new hues. (and getting those new hues all over his fingers, too!)

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Seeing my boys work together was a thing of beauty. They were so focused, and for a moment, the house was completely silent. THAT, my friends, does not happen often!

Once the clothes pins were painted, we sat them aside to dry while we worked on the next step.

After my youngest son painted a quick version of me, that is.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

“It’s you, mommy!”

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

And a bit of cleanup, too.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

STEP 2: Assemble paper photo frames.

While the clothes pins were drying, I had the boys place the photographs into the paper photo frames. If you cannot find pre-made paper photo frames in your local craft store or online, you can have your children make some using cardstock or construction paper instead.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

STEP 3: Decorate the photo frames.

The paper photo frames needed a little sprucing up, so I gave the boys some glitter glue and let them go to town. I love the different styles they created, and again, they were so engaged and focused while working!

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

After decorating the paper photo frames, we set them aside and allowed them, as well as the mini clothes pins, to dry overnight.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

STEP 4: Clip photos to twine.

Now, the fun part – clipping the photos onto the twine!

My little guy took a few tips from his older brother…

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

before trying it out himself.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

He got the hang of it pretty quickly.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

STEP 5: Hang the banner.

Finding a good spot to hang the banner was pretty easy, as we had a very bare, empty spot on the living room wall, and have for a very LONG time. It just made sense, and the boys agreed.

Family DIY: Paper Photo Frame Banner

And we just love it!

So, the consensus from the boys is that we need to do more projects like this more often. I can’t argue with that.

A big win for mom, if I do say so myself.