Wood Crafts for Kids

Fun wood crafts for kids that are a little less dangerous than nails and hammers would be. Working with real wood can be a little dangerous for smaller kids - but there is a solution!

Use simple wood supplies, like branches and popsicle sticks, rather than 2x4's and nails!

A few summers ago we we involved in a kids camp day out at a nearby provincial park. There were games, food and lots of crafts. 

One of those crafts was a picture frame, made with sticks and twine. It was so pretty even my step mom made a frame with a picture of our family!


Branch Picture Frame

This is a great activity for at camp, or after a long walk in the woods. Pick out your favourite picture, or use a picture from that camping trip or that walk.

As this craft involved hot glue, have the little ones plan and choose where things go. But have an adult glue everything together.

Craft Supplies:

  • Branches (6-8 inches long)
  • Twine
  • Decorations, like shells
  • Favourite picture
  • Hot glue
  • Cardboard


Step #1:

Pick out four equally sized branches. Place these in a square shape, just large enough to fit around the edge of your picture. 

Wrap twine around each of the four corners until all is secured in place. 

Step #2:

Decorate the front of your frame with your shells or other decorations. These will need to be glued on by an adult with a hot glue gun.

Step #3:

Cut out a piece of cardboard the size of the inner area of your frame. Glue or tape your picture to this cardboard. 

Step #4:

Have an adult place four dabs of hot glue on the back side of the frame, one in each corner and place the cardboard to this.

Make sure the picture is facing upwards.

Step #5:

Allow everything to dry.

Add a small loop of twine on the back for easy hanging.

Now you've created a great experience and captured the moment to hang up for a lasting memory!

These wood crafts for kids save you from a trip to the doctors because they hit their finger with a hammer, plus they are a ton of fun!

A great way to spend some creative time together while camping and be able to bring the memories home with this frame.

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