Grandparents’ Day Craft: Clay Photo Frames

These frames are an easy DIY for Grandparents’ Day or any other occasion. It’s almost like playing with playdough, which kids love, and they can do most of the project themselves. We added magnets to the backs of ours in order to display them on the fridge, but you can add a stand if you would rather use them as traditional table-top frames. You can also use air-dry clay, but that can take weeks to dry, so I used oven-bake clay instead. It shortens the wait time for kiddos who want to finish the project quickly.


  • Colored oven-bake clay - Smile Link
  • Gems - Smile Link
  • Photo(s)
  • Magnet(s) - Smile Link
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Cookie cutters for shapes
  • Optional: glue gun (I used it to glue the magnets but you can use the double-sided tape instead)

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Step 1

Pick your colors and begin working on the dough.

Step 2

Roll out the dough.

Step 3

Cut out shapes if desired.

Step 4

Place frames on a baking sheet

Step 5

Bake according to clay instructions, mine said 275 degrees for 30 minutes per ¼ inch of height.

Step 6

You might have spectators for the baking process.

Step 7

You can glue on gems after the frames are cooled. If you use air-dry clay, you can press the gems right in and let them dry as part of the frame.

Step 8

Glue the pictures and magnets to the frames.

Step 9

Display or wrap up for gifts!