Back-to-school photo frame made with pencils



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.


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