Thursday, July 23, 2020

DIY school bus photo frame for back to school pictures

The first day of school pictures is a great memory to carry year after year. I am sharing a cute DIY photo frame using popsicle sticks to display your back to school pictures. Try this back to school crafts before the school starts. Let's see how. 

DIY school bus photo frame using popsicle sticks on a white background

Supplies for making the DIY photo frame:

Steps for making the School bus picture frame:

Step 1: Paint the all 6 popsicle/craft sticks(4 big + 2 small) in yellow acrylic paint and 2 small in black color acrylic paint and allow it to dry. 

yellow and black craft sticks on a white background

Step 2: Arrange the 4 small craft stick on one big yellow stick with 1" gap in between and glue them in place. Cut the remaining big craft stick with scissors and also trim the bottom of each small craft stick around an inch. 

arranged popsicle stick in one inch intervals

Step 3: Glue two big popsicle sticks horizontally with an 0.5" gap in between and by leaving 1" inch from the top craft stick. 

in progress steps for picture frame using popsicle sticks

Step 4: Glue the last yellow craft stick in the middle of the two craft sticks horizontally as shown below.

Step 5: Cut two circles on black cardstock for wheels. Glue a button in the center of the wheels and stick them on to the bottom craft stick to complete the craft stick school bus. 

Step 6: Stick a piece of clear tape in the middle craft stick of the school bus picture frame to write the grade and the school year. We are using a clear tape so that you can change it easily by wiping off using an alcohol wipe or dip a paper towel in rubbing alcohol to clean the marker and write your new school year and grade. 
school bus craft photo frame using popsicle sticks

2 ways to add pictures to the school bus frame

  1. Glue three mini clothespins to attach the pictures. 

      2. Use washi tape to attach the pictures at the back as shown below. 

washi tape to hold the picture at the back of the frame

photo frame like school bus using craft sticks to display back to school pictures

Glue magnets at the back to use it as fridge magnets or glue a piece of folded twine to hang it on a wall. These photo frames hold 1" by 1" pictures which you can easily print at home. I also made another version of the school bus picture frame that I shared on Kids Activities Blog. 

2 types of picture frame inspired by school bus displaying back to school pictures

What do you do with the first day of school pictures? Do you print them and display or just save it on your memory disk? Share with me in the comment below. 

Other Back to school crafts you might like:


  1. This is the CUTEST!! I invite you to share your craft stick school bus frame over at our Creative Crafts Linky Party
    Have a great weekend!
    Creatively, Beth

  2. I saw your link at the Home Matters Link Up. :) This is such a creative back-to-school idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hey! Good stuff, do tell us when you finally post something like this! picture printing and framing

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