Help Kids Make a Rustic Frame for Dad

Collected twigs, an inexpensive frame and a favorite camping photo are all you need to thank Dad for amazing outdoor adventures with this handmade outdoorsy frame.

Rustic Frame Made of Twigs

Rustic Frame Made of Twigs

Collected twigs, an inexpensive frame and a favorite camping photo are all you need to thank Dad for amazing outdoor adventures. Get step-by-step instructions .

Materials Needed:

  • wood frame
  • twigs
  • high-temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • photo mat to fit frame opening
  • favorite camping photo
  • fine-tipped permanent marker

Collect Twigs

Head outside and gather small fallen twigs and branches from a park or yard. Make sure they are dry and thin enough to snap into smaller pieces.

Bundle Twigs for Project

Bundle Twigs for Project

Break Twigs to Size

Line a twig up against frame and snap into pieces long enough to span frame width. Break enough twigs to wrap completely around frame. Designs can also be made out of twigs by placing them only vertically, horizontally or at an angle.

Measure Twig Against Frame Edge

Measure Twig Against Frame Edge

Glue Twigs to Frame

Preheat hot glue gun until glue flows easily from the tip when trigger is squeezed. Apply hot glue to frame in small sections and push twigs immediately into glue before it cools (Image 1). Hold twig in place until glue hardens (Image 2). Note: Glue guns can cause burns so use extreme caution when children are participating in craft projects involving hot glue.

Assemble Picture

Once entire frame is covered in twigs, use a fine-tipped permanent marker to write message to Dad on mat. Remove frame backing and clean glass. Insert mat in frame and place photo in mat, securing edges of photo with tape. Replace frame back.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Hand-Painted Father's Day Grill Platter

Surprise the grill king in your home with a hand-painted ceramic platter that's a fun and easy project for kids, Dad will be proud to serve perfectly cooked burgers on this custom Father's Day gift.

How to Make a Barbecue Tool Belt

Give Dad the ultimate grilling accessory that will hold all the barbecue essentials.

How to Make a Scratch-Off Card for Father's Day

Give Dad a break this year with a DIY scratch-off lotto-style card with prizes like breakfast in bed, a free pass from mowing the lawn and a car wash.

How to Make a Men's Bespoke Apron

Spruce up Dad's barbecue or morning coffee routine with a rugged yet dapper denim apron featuring leather towel loops and a cellphone pocket.

How to Make a Custom T-Shirt for Father's Day

This year, give Dad a custom T-shirt by printing our free pattern and following our easy instructions.

Help Kids Make a Custom Valet Tray for Dad

Every father needs a place to corral the contents of his pockets at the end of a long day. Help kids create this practical tray to display their artwork and provide the perfect spot for Dad's wallet, loose change, keys and cell phone.

How to Make an Ornate Framed Chalkboard

Elegant meets humble when a sophisticated gilt frame surrounds an inexpensive DIY chalkboard. Place it in the dining room with a thoughtful greeting for holiday guests, or use it to announce the dinner menu or evening's festivities.

Mother's Day Kids' Craft: Fingerprint Frames

The kids will have a great time making these one-of-a-kind keepsake frames that Mom will love, especially when a favorite photo is included.

Computer Circuit Board Belt Buckle

Give a broken computer new utility by turning the components into a geek-chic fashion accessory.

Text Speak Home Accessories

Put a 'smiley' on a tech-lover's face with playful, embellished home decor.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.