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Busy Hands: Magnetic Photo Frames

As Mother's Day is celebrated during March in the UK and the UAE (and soon enough, during May in the USA), here's an idea for a cute gift that kids can make for their moms. As a craft, these Magnetic Photo Frames allow for personal creativity and making them is a fun activity.

We made a couple of these frames during a play date. I made the basic frames, and then offered a range of embellishments, glitter, and foam stickers for the kids to decorate them with. This craft suits toddlers and older kids alike. And I made one too!

Magnetic Photo Frame: Cute gift idea for Mother's Day that kids can make!

These are the materials we used to make the Magnetic Photo Frames:


- Magnetic sheet - This comes in an A4 size that you can find in a stationery or craft store. If you can't find it, you can use magnetic tape with cardboard sheets.

- Sequins, glitter, foam stickers, and other embellishments

- Coloured craft paper

Here's how we made them:


1. I cut out the A4 sized magnetic sheet into four equal pieces. 

2. Using four different coloured craft paper, I cut out the frame in a larger size than the magnetic sheet and taped it back, leaving one end open for the photo to slip through. 

Magnetic Photo Frames craft for kids

3. Then, I simply let the kids design their own frames.

The good thing about this gift is that apart from the personalized design, kids can personalize it with a favourite photo too. A standard postcard size photo fits perfectly in this frame, so you won't have to cut it. I used a photo of Little Dude as a baby in mine!

Magnetic Photo Frames: Kid-made gift idea for Mother's Day!

These frames would be great gifts for any special occasion and even for birthdays. You can also use the space on the frame to write a message!


Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.


This post has been linked to:
Let Kids Be Kids // Tuesday Tutorials //
Mini Creations


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13 comments

abigail said...

We had fun doing this with you!

Tarana said...

Thanks Abigail, I loved the green frame you made!

Mike said...

It continues to boggle my mind how you can keep coming up with these awesome DIY craft ideas! And for kids no less! I will most definitely pass this along to several of my mother friends as they will enjoy and give them ideas as well! I also always enjoy learning about different special dates on the calendar and how and when they are celebrated around the world! Great job, Tarana, and I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

My Bored Toddler said...

This is a great idea for Mother's Day!

Karen Bell said...

What a lovely idea and they look so cute too :)
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

Louise George said...

Love the look of these frames and have pinned - will be giving these a try at some stage :-)

Tarana said...

Thank you, Mike, I really appreciate your passing on my posts to other moms!

Kate Williams said...

Oh these are gorgeous! I'd love to receive one for Mothers Day :) #pintorials

Emma Tustian said...

These are really cute. Great for kids to do - N loves the ones stuck on the fridge, so he'd love making his own #letkidsbekids #pintorials

Clare's Little Tots said...

I looked for suitable frames everywhere to make some Mother's Day gifts but never once thought to just make my own!!! These are beautiful. Going to Pin there #MiniCreations

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Great idea, I do like simple crafts like this that you can set up and then leave them to create on their own :)

TheBoyandMe said...

This is a lovely activity for Mother's Day or Easter, personalised crafts like this are so much more appreciated.

Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tutorials.

kidGLloves said...

Grace says - These look so lovely and what a fab idea. We have loads of photos around our house and these frames would really make our home look colourful. Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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