Wrap up a Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame

Here’s another idea for all of those candy wrappers you’re probably finding all over the house – a Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame. You can customize this frame like crazy, because it’s cut from a sheet of 1” STYROFOAM Brand Foam. You can make it bigger, smaller, square, or any other shape. Plus, you can add more – or fewer, openings for your photos, and make the openings just the right size for each photo.

Recycle candy bar wrappers and make a picture frame

Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame by Kathleen George.

Here’s one more way to customize this Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame. We used a mix of wrappers, but you can play around with yours and use wrappers from your very favorite candy, or wrappers in select colors. If you missed yesterday, you’ll want to check out the Colorful Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube, too.

To make a Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 18” x 8” x 1” sheet (or other size 1” sheet to meet your plans)
  • Candy bar wrappers (we used miniatures)
  • Silver wrapping paper or foil
  • Cardstock, blue (or other color to match your theme)
  • Ribbon, 5/16” x 24”
  • Yes! Paste (or thick, white craft glue)
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Tools needed: Pencil; ruler; utility knife with new blade; 1” putty knife or 1” stiff paint brush; craft pins

To make a Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame:

1. Using the pencil and ruler, measure and mark three, 3-1/2” x 5” openings in the foam sheet. The openings on the right and left should be 2” from each end.

2. Cut out the openings using a utility knife with a new, sharp blade and a ruler.

3. Smooth out the candy wrappers and cut off portions of the label that you don’t want to use. If your wrappers are really wrinkled, you can iron them on the back side using a medium iron. Be sure to protect the ironing board with a clean piece of paper.

how to make a recycled candy wrapper, custom picture frame

You’ll wrap the wrappers over the edges of each opening, but you don’t have to cover the entire opening. You’ll cover each opening later with cardstock.

4. Paste candy wrappers at angles all over the frame. Use a small putty knife or stiff paint brush to apply a thin layer of Yes! Paste onto the back of a candy wrapper, including edges. Place the pasted wrapper onto the frame and smooth on with your fingers. Be sure to cover the top and bottom edges, and the edges of each photo opening, too. You can leave the side ends bare. Tip: Use a discarded magazine or phone book for pasting. After spreading paste onto a wrapper, turn the page for an instant clean surface for the next wrapper.

5. When the entire frame is covered, set aside to let the paste dry completely.

6. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge, and let dry. If needed, brush on a second coat.

7. Cut 1” strips of cardstock to cover the inside edges of each photo opening. Place the strips in the opening to determine where the corners will be, and fold the strips to fit. Paste strips in place.

8. Cut silver foil or wrapping paper into strips 2 ½” wide and 10 ½” long. Pre-fold each strip at ¾” and 1 ¾” from the edge. Paste the silver paper onto the frame so that ¾” of silver is on the top of the frame, the ends are covered and then folded over to the back of the frame. Carefully fold corners flat. Secure with a bit more Yes! Paste.

9. Glue and pin a length of ribbon to the back of the frame to make a hanger.

There – you’ve just made a sweet frame for your sweeties.

I think it’s about time to switch gears for the holidays. Have you already started your holiday crafting? What are you making this year?

Happy crafting!


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4 Responses to Wrap up a Recycled Candy Wrapper Picture Frame

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  3. Reduce – Check
    Reuse – Check
    Recycle – Check

    You win all three with this craft!

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