We live far away from my family, most are in South Africa, with one brother in the U.K. I so badly want Gradie to know her uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. so I got to thinking of a way I could keep their pictures around so that we could go through and name them, I could talk about them and how special they all are and how much they all love her.
I came up with this simple to make DIY Acrylic Frame Family Album. I thought this was a great way for Gradie to really interact with the pictures and it’s cute, we can leave it on the side table out on display when she’s not going through it.
I wanted to share this fun tutorial with you and hope you’ll make one too for your home!! It would also be a great family time craft to put together – QUALITY TIME!!
- Acrylic Frame (size dependent on your preference)
- Construction Paper
- Family stickers
- 1in loose leaf binder rings
- 1 hole punch
- Glue stick
- Foam Sheets (optional, see below).
- Soldering iron/drill (to make 2 to 3 holes in the frame)
- Family Photos
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PLEASE NOTE – there are many ways you can go about decorating your album. I chose to make an 8×10 album as this was made for a 2.5 year old, so I thought having it larger would be easier. Also, I am sure you already have a lot of craft supplies at home, so you wouldn’t need to pick up all the supplies listed, in fact, all we picked up was the frame from the dollar store.
I also chose to pick up some foam sheets, pictured below, to reinforce the construction paper we were using for our album. This came in a pack at the dollar store and was a cheaper alternative then purchasing new, thicker card stock/construction paper, this is ONLY because this album is for a 2.5 year old, most wont need to make the pages thicker to withstand a toddler manhandling them. I used double sided tape to adhere the pages to the foam sheets.
- Take frame and use drill or soldering iron to create 2 to 3 holes in top of the frame, depending on size of frame. We went with three holes along the top.
- Mark construction paper to align with holes created in #1. Use 1 hole punch to punch holes into paper.
- Decorate each page with photos you have chosen. Repeat this until you have used the desired number of photos.
- Decorate an album cover page and back page, which is inserted into the frame itself.
- OPTIONAL – if you are reinforcing your pages with foam sheets, apply double sided tape and adhere each page to the foam backing. Make sure to hole punch through each backing at this point.
- Once all pages are decorated and appropriately ordered you can assemble your album. Open each binder ring and loop in all your album pages and ta-da your album is complete.