Back-to-school photo frame made with pencils

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This is one of those projects that is sure to generate conversation when guests see it in your home. They may ask you to make one for them.

I enjoy making themed picture frames. They let you expand your creativity to make something you can’t find in stores. The idea behind this frame was to find a way to display a child’s school photo. The opening is sized to hold a wallet sized class picture, 2.5″ x 3.5″.

Originally, I wanted to use colored pencils, and I wanted ones with faceted, hexagonal sides so they would have a flat side for gluing down. After visiting numerous stores, all I could find were round colored pencils so I opted for standard yellow pencils. In hindsight, I think the round pencils would have adhered fine, since I attached them with epoxy. But I’m happy I used the yellow pencils because they seem to say “school” better.

The chalkboard gives the frame a customizable aspect, especially if this is intended as a gift. The photo is held in with a backer board that is screwed in place.

Plans:

This frame is up for auction. 100% of your winning bid goes directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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