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two homemade heart shaped frames with dog photo and valentine's message

DIY Cardboard Frame with Pasta

DIY Cardboard frames are a great way to say "I love you!" on Valentine's Day. Kids will love getting creative with these heart-shaped frames!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cardboard frame
Cost 2



  • Make the frame's heart background:  Fold a piece of colored construction paper in half lengthwise and draw a half-heart shape along the folded edge. Cut out your paper heart.
  • Add your photo. Cut a photo into a heart that's a little smaller than the paper heart. Glue the photo onto the middle of the paper heart.
  • Make your cardboard backing. Put your paper heart on top of a piece of cardboard and trace lightly with a pencil. Then cut out the cardboard heart. Glue your paper heart with photo onto the cardboard heart.
  • Decorate your frame! Now decorate your frame however you like! Glue on your dyed pasta, use stickers and glitter, or write a personalized note. Whatever you want!
  • Make it stand: Cut out a long strip of cardboard that's maybe 1 ½" wide. Fold and glue it into a triangle, sealing the ends together.  Once the heart and the stand have dried, flip your heart upside down and glue the stand to the back of the heart.


  • Instead of adding a photo, kids can also draw in their own images. 
  • Follow our instructions on how to dye pasta for tips on coloring your pasta of choice.
  • Make sure a little bit of the stand extends below the tip of the heart so that the frame can stand.
  • Use a rock or paper weight to hold down your frame's stand as it dries.