Make Easy Picture Frames From Old School Papers

Turn old report cards into photo framesMy mother-in-law has been stopping by recently and dropping off some of my husband’s 40-year-old things. We’ve inherited old yearbooks, the leather folder his college degree came in, a collection of old toys and a rather large manila folder of his elementary school report cards. Oldies but goodies?!

Some of the items have been easier to slip into the recycle bin than others! But I did hold onto his old report cards. I had an idea on how to re-purpose them into a craft for our children and keep these old school memories…

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Turn report cards Into picture frames

All these years, I’ve always assumed my mother was the saver (check out what I turned a 30-some year old Fisher Price toy into). But to learn my mother-in-law is a “secret saver” is kinda surprising. It makes me slightly nervous for what we’ll find when the day comes they move houses!

So when she dropped off a large stack of report cards dating back to the early ’80s – all of them either hand-written or typed out on a {gasp!} typewriter – we had fun reading about his progress in reading and punctuation and mathematics. How do you toss memories like that into the bin?

Gather Your Supplies, Kids
– Picture frames (you want a flat border, like this)
– Report cards or school work
Mod Podge
Paint (optional if using dark frames and/or want color on sides)
– Scissors, ruler, pencil and paintbrush
Turn old report cards into photo frames

Class Is Now In Session
I gave the frames a quick coat of white paint to cover the dark brown frame since the report cards were all written on white paper. Once dry, I gave the four sides a coat of colorful paint.
Turn old report cards into photo frames

Thanks for the Memories
Measure the length and width of the frame and decide where on the report cards (or school work, book report, artwork) you want to cut based on what graphics you want displayed on the frame. Apply the report card strips with Modge Podge.
Turn old report cards into photo frames
Insert your school or class photos, or just have the frames ready for when they actually enter school like in the case of my Kids #2 and #3!
Turn old report cards into photo frames

So don’t toss your memories in the recycling bin; turn them into useful decor that can last for years to come.
Turn old report cards into photo frames
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14 thoughts on “Make Easy Picture Frames From Old School Papers

    • [email protected] says:

      Thanks! I love to purge but some things are harder to toss than others.

  1. [email protected] says:

    Absolutely adorable. These would also make great teacher gifts. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoharoodle.

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