August Crafts: Picture frame

As the end of summer nears it is a
great time for tons of beach oriented crafts for you to make with
your kids. If you count on making some arts and crafts ahead of time
collecting shells and interesting tidbits during the summer can
become a fun project for them.  What better way to display
their findings and preserve their summer memories than with beach
photo frames? These are great as gifts or to be used for your own
decor, and not only that they are so fun to make. If you are a family
person you can grab your family members and have some together time
making a few of these and putting each persons favorite photo in.
This project can be done by anyone, from a toddler to a professional
craftsman, so grab your kids and get ready for an afternoon of fun!
Another thing to mention, as its so important to everyone in today's
economy, it wont cost you an arm and a leg and it makes a perfect
gift so....hint hint.
What you will need to make a beach themed photo frame:
- A photo frame,
preferably one of the cheap blank wooden ones from the arts and
crafts stores. If not ANY frame will do you will just have to adjust
your painting mediums to it.
- A painting medium.
This can be anything you want from Sharpie markers, tempera, water
colors to even spray paint or glitter pens.
- Clear liquid crafts glue.
- A packet of sea shells and/or small sea stars, etc. 
Pretty much any shells and trinkets that remind you of the beach are welcome.
- Scrap paper to protect the work surface and surrounding areas.

How to make a beach themed photo frame:
- Ahh fun time now! 
First take your frame and decide what the base color of it
should be... Maybe blue? Its up to you. Paint the frame and let it
dry a few minutes.
- Once this first step is completed you can pretty much go crazy designing the 
look of the frame.
- Glue the sea shells and other trinkets
you found around the frame. If you want you can color all the sea
shells before gluing them down or glitter them up.
- The frame can be one color or multi color, can have two shells or be
completely covered. Just let your imagination run and see what you
will come up with, either way it will be amazing.
- When you are done with the frame let it dry and pop your favorite
photo in!

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