Summertime Arts & Crafts

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School’s Out! Today is the last day of school for my kidsĀ  — at least until September. So, I’m trying to line up some craft projects to keep us busy, and not glued to the TV. Here’s an idea to get you inspired, too: Photo/note holders. The kids made these for their teachers for an end-of-the-year thank you. Originally, I thought I would let the kids paint flower pots, but found these boxes at the dollar store and thought I would use them instead.

Actually, I got all of the supplies at a local dollar store. I love to go to dollar stores to come up with crafty ideas for the kids. They also had some great educational and activity books, including practicing writing letters, phonetics, simple math, telling time and more. They’ll be great for road trips and for those days when I need a quick distraction for the kids.

Wire Photo and/or Note Holders


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    Box to hold the wire photo holders (Instead of a box, consider using flower pots, vases, coffee mugs, or get some clay and make your own base.)

  • Paint and paintbrush (Decorate any way appropriate for you and your kids: markers, stickers, stamps, etc.)
  • Glass beads to hold the photo holders in place and add weight to keep it all from tipping over. (You could use sand, pebbles, coins, or even floral foam if you don’t need extra weight.)
  • Decorative floral wire to hold photos and/or notes. (Could also use 20 gauge wire. Forks would be cute to use for a recipe card holder.)
  • Needle-nosed pliers and wire cutter
  • We also used photos and cut flowers out of card stock paper for finishing the project.


  1. img_3605xWe started by having the kids paint the boxes with their choice of colors. At the same time, I had them paint some flowers drawn on card stock paper. Let them dry a couple hours or overnight.
  2. Next, I shaped the floral wire. Start by pinching the wire on one end with the pliers and turning in a tight circle. Then continue to bend the wire around the circle leaving space between. You can even make different shapes, like stars, flowers, hearts, etc. Use wire cutters to cut the holders at a point a few inches longer than you need it.
  3. Now bend the other end of the wire to help it stand up nicely on the bottom of the box. Place the photo holders in the box in the way you want them arranged.
  4. Fill the box with glass beads or other weighted filling. As you’re filling the box, arrange the photo holders how you want them to stay.
  5. Put notes, pictures, cards, etc. in the photo holders.

Additional Notes:

  • This was a fun project for me and the kids (ages 4 and 5-1/2). They did all the painting. I did the actual bending of the photo holders. They helped put it all together, including a thank you note on which they drew pictures.
  • Worried about gluten-free paint? Common-Allergen-Free Products available at Discount School Supply
  • Great project for teacher gifts, mother’s day gift, father’s day gift, summer camp activity.

Other places to find more arts & crafts and printable activities for kids:



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