Oct 22 2012

Get your craft on: D.I.Y. collage photo frame


By Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

What’s one thing sponsored friends like to receive more than letters from their sponsors? Photos from their sponsors, of course!

Photos are a great way to show you care. Sponsored friends can look at a photo of their sponsor and know that someone, somewhere, is rooting for them to succeed.

My friend, Thilothammal in Chennai, India, has been asking me for a photo. Instead of sending her a regular photo of my husband and me, I decided to take my craft skills to the next level.

Get ready to love this.

D.I.Y.: Collage photo frame

(Difficulty level: super easy)

Materials needed:

Paper frame (If you can’t find a pre-made paper frame, you can use a photo matte board.)

Glue or tape


A collection of photos

A photo of you holding your friend’s picture

1. Purchase a paper frame or photo matte board.

2. Begin by collecting several photos of you, family members, scenery from around your home and things you love. (These photos will be placed around the frame.)

find photos

3. If your photos are digital and stored on a media device, like an SD card, then you can take your device to your local photo center and have your photos reprinted in wallet size. (Some photo centers have the option to upload and print your photos from Facebook.)

You can also use photos you already have and cut them to fit around the frame.

If you have a color printer, and don’t mind using a lot of ink, you can do what I did and print your wallet-size photos at home. I resized my photos to 2 inches by 2 inches, so they fit around the frame. (This step requires a bit of extra effort.)

4. Find your sponsored friend’s most recent photo and have someone take your picture holding his/her picture. Print this photo when you print your wallet-size photos.

photo within a photo

5. Once you have all of your photos together, begin by gluing or taping them to the outside of the paper frame (see below). Your photos may overlap and some may be larger than others. That’s OK! It’s not supposed to be completely symmetrical.

glue photos

6. Tape or glue photos around entire frame.

collage photo frame

7. Take photo from step 4 and place inside paper frame.

finished product!

8. Write your friend a letter. Explain in the letter that you are always here for support and will give encouragement every step of the way. Your friend can look at the collage photo frame you made and know that someone is surrounding him/her with love.

Love this idea? Let me know! I’d love to hear your D.I.Y. experience or if you have other ideas on ways to jazz up your photos.

Happy crafting!

2 thoughts on “Get your craft on: D.I.Y. collage photo frame”

  1. We send letters and pictures to our friend Daniel in Kenya. In turn we get very nice letters from him but he never acknowledges our letters or answers any questions. It is almost like he doesn’t get our pictures or letters that we send. Do you know why this is. Whatever happens, we don’t want to cause a problem with Daniel because he seems like a fine young man. Maybe you can cast a little light on this mystery.
    Thank you for all the good you do for these people both young and old.
    Bernadette and Richard Kroetz

    1. Thank you for your question and for writing to your sponsored friend. There are different reasons that Daniel’s letters might not be responding to mail you have sent. First, mail takes several weeks to arrive. When you mail something to Daniel, it normally takes approximately six to eight weeks to reach him. His letters to you will take about the same time. This delivery time will sometimes cause letters to cross in the mail. Be sure you allow about four months from when you send him something before you expect a reply. Another reason could be, in some of the areas where we work, children and families are not accustomed to writing letters. Due to this lack of experience with correspondence, sponsors may observe that letters tend to be “generic” and may not be fully responsive to questions you’ve asked or letters you have sent previously. The next time you write to Daniel, be sure to ask him in your letter to please write back and let you know if he received your mail.

      Thank you again for contacting us! We hope you will please contact Sponsor Services with any other questions you might have. We’d be happy to help you.

      -Christina P., Sponsor Services

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