Start with an unadorned photo frame (or a frame that you paint over) and give it an interesting new look with painted eggshells, broken and set into a mosaic pattern. Whether you are a kid, a teen, or an adult, picture frames are easy DIY crafts to make and give. For Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, set a picture of you and that special parent in the frame and present. Make this gift for less than ten dollars and in under an hour.
Photo Frame Crafts
The size picture the frame holds doesn’t matter. The border of the frame should be flat so that you can glue on the broken eggshell pieces.
Washed and dried eggshells. The size of the frame and the pattern you work with will determine how many shells you need. You probably won’t need more than a half dozen broken eggshells.
Acrylic paints and a flat brush
White glue (not washable)
Crack open the eggs so you get two halves. It doesn’t matter if the egg breaks into more pieces or cracks. Wash the inside and outside of the shells. Allow to air dry.
Select you color scheme and paint the eggshells with acrylic paints. If you don’t get enough paint coverage, wait for the paint to dry and add a second coat. You can also go over the shells with a second color dabbed over the first with a sponge.
If you want, you can paint the picture frame after removing the backing and the glass.
After the paint dries, crack the shells into smaller pieces.
Spread a thin layer of glue over a small section of the frame. Glue on the broken eggshell pieces in whatever pattern you desire. You can place the pieces close together, so they are touching or nearly touching, or allow some of the frame to show through (the glue will dry clear). You may want to use tweezers to place the eggshell pieces.
When you finish decorating the frame, allow the glue to dry. Then mix some of the white glue with water to thin it slightly. Paint this glaze over the entire frame and allow the glue to dry thoroughly (no white spots). Apply the glaze two or three times, allowing each layer to dry. This holds the shells in place and puts on a protective coating.
To make this an extra special Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, be sure to include a photo of you with mom or dad (at any stage of your life). You can use matte, glossy, glitter, fluorescent, pearl, or metallic paint on the eggs, whatever best suits the recipient of the eggshell mosaic frame.