Paper Quill Picture Frame

Turn a cereal box into a DIY picture frame with paint and paper quill embellishments. It’s an upcycled craft idea that makes a fun DIY cardboard picture frame!

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  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Empty Cereal Box
  • Craft Stick
  • Paper Straw
  • Disposable Cups
  • Newspaper

CIY Staff Tips:

  • Experiment with other colours of paint to customize your picture frame!


Step 1

With scissors, cut out a picture frame shape on the cereal box to your desired size.

Step 2

Mix blue and white paint in the cup with a craft stick, then paint the plain side of the frame. Let dry 1-2 hours. Paint a second coat. Dry again 1-2 hours.

Step 3

While paint dries, cut different colours of construction paper into strips and cut 1 folded newspaper sheet into strips.

Step 4

Snip a small slit into the paper straw.

Step 5

Slide a construction paper strip into the slit, then wrap it around the straw and adhere the other end with glue. Repeat with a newspaper strip and as many construction paper strips as desired.

Step 6

Repeat Step 5 to make enough paper quills to cover all or part of the frame.

Step 7

Glue the paper quills to the painted frame, let dry, and display!

  • Occasion:

    • Rainy Day Crafts,

    • Earth Day,

    • Winter

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+,

    • Tween+

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