How to Make a Photo Frame With Cardboard

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Creating a picture frame out of cardboard is a great way to recycle, be creative and personalize your project all at the same time. Creating your own cardboard picture frame gives you flexibility in size and orientation, so you can frame pictures of any size. The steps are the same for any size frame you choose to create. Cardboard easily accepts paint, glue, marker, felt, and is sturdy enough to hold jewels and other decorative items.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Exacto knife
  • Glue
  • Decorating items
  • Measure your picture. Draw the shape 3 inches bigger than your picture on all sides. Use a compass or ruler to make even lines. You can lay your picture on top of the cardboard and then measure 3 inches out on all sides as a shortcut.

  • Cut two squares or rectangles exactly the same size out of cardboard. Set one aside for the back. On the other, measure in from the edges 3 1/2 inches all the way around. Connect marks with solid lines.

  • Poke a hole in the center of the shape made by the lines you've just connected. Use scissors or an Exacto knife to cut out the shape. Do this carefully and accurately---it will be the window to see your picture. Save the piece for a prop in the back of the frame.

  • Place a line of glue on three sides of the shape you set aside---the one that has not had a window cut out of it. Consider the orientation of your picture. You don't want to leave the opening on the bottom of the frame where the picture will fall out.

  • Line up the other shape---the one with the window---on top of the shape with glue. Press them together and let dry. Cut the center piece you saved into a triangle. Glue the pointed end of the triangle to the back of the frame if you want it to stand alone, if not, leave it off.

  • Decorate your picture frame. Slide your photo into the edge that was not glued together.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can try making circles, triangles and irregular shapes for variety.
  • You can glue the photo right into the frame. Simply put the photo between the shapes before applying glue.

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