J-Man has recently gotten very into sports. It seems like he plays on every team possible and he always wants a team picture to display in his room. For a while I looked for frames that complimented his team colors but let me tell you, it was hard to find. I was spending hours searching for the right colors, the right sport and the right size. So, I decided I’d put together some of my own that would be perfect to showcase J-Man’s basketball themes from this year and would even be personalized with his school info. It was a really fun craft to do that your kids can get really involved in! Here’s how to make them.
What You Will Need
Unfinished Wood Picture Frame in Your Choice of Size
Paints (your school colors plus orange and black)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
How To Make It
Start by painting your picture frame in the main color of your child’s sports team. Since it is unfinished, you’ll need to use several coats to get a smooth finish.
While you are waiting for your paint to dry, work on the accent pieces. First, you’ll want to paint your basketball (or football or whatever you are using to represent your sport). Simply find a wooden piece that is the right shape and then paint it the correct color. I painted a round piece of wood orange for my basketball. Then I simply used black paint and a skinny brush to go back and add the lines to make the basketball come to life.
If you want to personalize your picture frame you can use your school letters, the year or even your child’s name or jersey number. Paint your wooden numbers or letter in one of the other school colors and let them dry. Once all the pieces are completely dry, use your hot glue gun to attach them to the the picture frame where you want them.
There really is no right or wrong to the positioning of your accent items. Just put them where you like them best and make sure they are secured. Once you have finished adding your items to your frame. it’s a good idea to use some clear acrylic sealer to give your frame a finished look. Simply spray on 3 coats (do this outside) allowing each coat to dry about 5 minutes before applying the next one.
Finally, add your favorite team picture and secure it in your frame for a finished look!
You can easily add a matching ribbon to the back for hanging or use the pre-drilled holes in the back of the frame to hang it on the wall! Either way, it’s a perfect way to help your child display their team spirit!