Kids’ Halloween Photo Frame Craft

Holiday craft

Along with the adorably cute costumes and trick-or-treating fun comes those holiday pics! Instead of keeping them locked-up in your cellphone, print a few out and have your child help you to craft a Halloween photo frame. These monstrous art activity is simple enough for young children (preschool and kindergarten age) to create, but still challenging for an older child. Have your child add her own special touch, writing her name, costume or the year onto the frame with a permanent pen.


  • Eight thick craft sticks
  • Tempera paint – Use green and black for a ‘monster’ theme or go with Halloween colors (orange paired with black).
  • A paintbrush
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Clear-drying school glue
  • Googley eyes
  • A thin magnet strip


  1. Paint one side of the craft sticks. Let the paint dry completely. For a spooky weathered look, paint a layer of black first. Sponge or lightly paint a layer of green or orange over it (after the black paint is dry).
  2. Place two of the painted craft sticks horizontally next to each other on the cardboard. Line up  two more vertically, overlapping at the ends. Repeat for the other side and top of the frame. Move the sticks around, matching them to the size of the photo that you choose to use.
  3. Glue the sticks together onto the cardboard, adding dabs of the school glue at the ends.
  4. Cut a picture viewing window out of the center of the cardboard.
  5. Dot a few more dabs of glue onto the craft sticks. Attach the googley eyes.
  6. Glue the photo onto the cardboard. Attach the Halloween frame to the picture with more glue (you can also substitute double-sided tape).
  7. Line one side of the magnet with glue. Press it against the back of the cardboard.