Manufacturing Technologies: Making a Picture Frame

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Learners examine the manufacturing process while they make picture frames from cereal boxes. Although this is a simple project, it gives learners the opportunity to think about and discuss the more complex engineering topics of: mass production, quality control, production efficiency, safety, product design, and distribution. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 empty cereal box per student
  • decorating materials, such as paint, markers, buttons, beads, glitter, stickers, string, modeling clay, PlayDoh, etc.
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • glue
  • scotch tape
  • paint and brushes
  • an appropriate 3 x 5 inch (7.6 x 12.7 cm) picture (to be framed)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Unluaslan, Ersa

Source Collection

  • TeachEngineering


  • All rights reserved, Regents of the University of Colorado, 2013

Funding Source:

  • Pratt & Whitney