How to Craft a Picture Frame With Straws

by Ben Franklin Crafts

Mix and match paper straw pieces to decorate a picture frame. You can show off your summer adventures and write a little message with chalk about the fun you had.


  • 6" square wood frame
  • Wooden quote bubble
  • 15 Decorative paper straws
  • Tacky glue
  • Black chalkboard paint
  • Envelope - greeting card size
  • 12 Inches Wire
  • Optional: stickers for embellishment
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tissue or paper towel
  • Container for paint
  • Container to hold straw pieces
  • Hot glue (adults only) or glue dots
  • Envelope template:
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Paint the front side of the quote bubble with chalkboard paint.

    Step 2

    Paint the outside and inside edges of the wooden frame. Leave the rest of the frame on painted.

    Step 3

    Choose 15 straws. Hold one along a ruler, and use the pencil to mark one and a half inch pieces. Cut SLOWLY to avoid having the pieces fly away from you. Gather all of the pieces in an empty bowl.

    Step 4

    Apply tacky glue and set straws in place. Work in small sections at a time around the frame. You will have room for 24 pieces on both long sides and 12 pieces on both short sides.

    Step 5

    Bend the wire into a U shape. Insert each end of the wire through a straw as shown. Make a loop on each end of the wire.

    Step 6

    Gently push the wire loop into the neighboring straw as shown. Repeat on the other side.

    Step 7

    Use hot glue or glue dots to adhere the quote bubble in place.

    Step 8

    Download and print the FREE envelope window template we've provided for you:

    Step 9

    Seal the envelope. You need to cut it into a square. Measure the width, then draw a cutting line that far from one of the short ends of the envelope.

    Step 10

    Use the envelope window template to trace a cutting line on the envelope.

    Step 11

    Cut out the window along the cutting line.

    Step 12

    Apply glue to the bottom and side borders of the envelope.

    Step 13

    Adhere in place on the back side of the frame, keeping the edge without glue at the top.

    Step 14

    Add stickers to embellish your frame.

    Step 15

    Slide a photo into the envelope pocket. Add a caption with chalk.

    Step 16

    We would love to see a photo of your finished frame. Upload it to our Facebook page: