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Easy DIY Holiday Photo Gift Craft for Kids

One of greatest joys of decorating for the holidays is looking at all the special ornaments or decorations that the kids have made over the years. Whether it’s the pine cone ornament, or the gumdrop wreath, they all have a special place to be displayed in our living room. But I have to admit that of those hand-made creations, my favorites are always those that include their photograph.

This year, we wanted our kids to make an extra special holiday photo gift for their grandparents, with the goal of it not looking at all crafty. Something a bit more elegant that could be proudly displayed in their home, as a cherished holiday decoration, that just happened to be made by their grandchildren.

But toddlers and elegant generally don’t go together. So we took on the challenge of making wooden flower boxes with a photo. Well, we were extremely surprised how well they came out, how easy they were to assemble with very little supervision, and the fact that all supplies came from the local dollar store, which made this a very budget-friendly craft for the kids.


1 small wooden craft box
1 container of brown poster paint
1 cube of floral foam
2  bouquets of silk red roses
1 paint brush (or eye shadow brush)
1 holiday photo
1 glue stick
1 knife


Using a knife, cut the floral foam to fit craft box (adults prepare this!). Next, paint the craft box using brown paint and allow it to dry for at least two hours.

Once it's dried, pull apart flowers, separating the stems and leaves from the rose buds. Cut whatever photo you're using to fit inside the top lid of the box.

Once your craft box is dry, add in the floral foam. Set the leaves in first at all four corners and then in-between corners. Starting at back, push the rose stem into floral foam. Continue to add rose buds in tight rows, securing to floral foam. Tape the photo into the inside lid of the box.

Now you have an easy holiday craft that your preschoolers will enjoy working on and that you or family members will enjoy for many years to come.

Fun Kid Tip:

Rather than paint brushes, I like to buy makeup brushes at the dollar store and let the kids use them to paint with. I find them easier to clean and also that it gives the kids more control over their strokes. We used an eye shadow brush on this project. It also cut down on the painting time. Try it!

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