Instead of throwing out all those colorful candy wrappers leftover from trick-or-treating, save them to create a frame that’s as sweet as the photo it holds!
Wood frame (unfinished works best)
Craft paint (optional)
1. | Cover your workspace with newspaper and wear old clothes or a smock.
2. | Remove the glass and back from the frame and leave the wood unfinished, or paint it a color and allow it to dry completely.
3. | Gather your wrappers and sort them by color and size to plan your design. If desired, trim sections or images off of the wrappers. (Avoid plastic wrappers; paper or waxed paper ones will adhere much better.)
4. | Squeeze about a tablespoon of glue into a jar lid or other small disposable container.
5. | Individually turn each wrapper face down on the newspaper, use a paintbrush to apply glue to the back and then adhere them to your frame. Apply them randomly or create a pattern.
6. | Use your fingers to press them down tightly. You can wrap them around the sides of the frame, or let them hang over and trim them with scissors or a craft knife (a parent’s job) when the glue is dry.
7. | Allow your frame to dry, then replace the glass and insert your favorite photo from Halloween, or one of your special sweetheart!
• Use wrappers from a single candy for a different look.
• Use wrappers from Valentine or Christmas candy to make frames for those holidays.
• Frame a photo of a friend or relative in wrappers of their favorite candy.
• Glue on rhinestones or other small items for a decorative touch.
• Put a mirror in the frame instead of a photo.
• Try this technique to decorate boxes or other unfinished wood objects.
Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two growing boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Photos by Pamela Maxwell.