21.9.11

Easy DIY Photoframe Tutorial

Photo Frame Tutorial
This idea was inspired by my blogger friend Indira who incorporates recycling in many of her craft works.The basic construction of the Photo frame is similar to an earlier one for which I had posted a photo frame tutorial but this one is even simpler and easier. Used a desktop calendar like Indira did and converted it into a 2 sided photo frame.
Photo Frame Tutorial
One side has hand made flowers made from a 5 petal punched flower and leaves which were hand cut from a box which I used in my earlier photo frame too.
Handmade Punch craft Rose
I drew the stems and swirls with glitter glue and added magenta rhinestones.
Photo Frame Tutorial
On this side of the photo frame I added some ribbon flowers [ bought ages back before I started making my own flowers] and gemstones and pearls.
Photo Frame Tutorial
Photo Frame Tutorial
Added some red lace on the top border and some pearls on the ribbon roses and the flower shaped gemstones.
Photo Frame Tutorial
This stocking butterfly is more than 5 years old- bought even before I started crafting in earnest!
Photo Frame Tutorial
Materials required to make the Photo Frame
DIY Photo frame tutorial
  • Old Desktop calendar- If you dont have one follow my earlier photo frame tutorial
  • White Glue
  • Craft Knife - should be sharp to avoid ragged edges
  • OHP sheet[ Transparency] - Optional - good quality scratch free
  • Photo - to serve as a template guide for your frame
  • Thick paper, foam or felt- I used 2 sheets of corrugated paper the same size as the desktop calendar. You can even use fabric wrapped cardboard for a lovely texture.
Take your cardboard/Paper pieces and center your photo on it and mark all around to get your aperture.
DIY Photo frame tutorial
Cut out  the marked area at a slightly smaller size [ so that the frame will overlap your photo slightly]
DIY Photo frame tutorial
Place an OHP/ transparency over the marked aperture and mark out the size required - I allowed my transparency to cover slightly more than the aperture  on 3 sides[ below, top and left] and reach till the right edge of the frame
Apply glue to 3 borders leaving a small margin near the aperture.And stick on to your desktop calendar.
When dry you can slip in your transparency and your photo
My daughter wanted to help make the photo frame.And here you can see her helping glue on the frame.
DIY Photo frame tutorial
Tips when making a photo frame with kids
  • Make the aperture with the craft knife before you involve them
  • Insist on clean dry hands before you start!
  • Mark out the area to apply glue with pencil so that your child has a visual guide where to put the glue. You can see my pencil markings on our frame here and how my little assistant has stayed well within the margins.
    DIY Photo frame tutorial
  • Ask your child to apply glue sparingly [ somehow you have to keep reminding  kids to use less!-No harm if oodles have been smeared-you can always wipe some off!] - You can see big blobs of glue here- you "dont" want that as they can spread to your aperture area!
Decorate your frame with stickers, shells, beads, gems what not!
My friend Indira shared an idea to remove the spring and replace it with nylon strings. I threaded a golden ribbon through the slots of the original spring on the desktop calendar [This step took longer than making the whole frame! So if you want a quick and easy frame leave the original spring on!]

Handmade Punch craft Rose
Here is the link for the Paper Rose tutorial
Here is an even easier version of the Handmade Photoframe tutorial
If you are on Pinterest you can "Pin" this tutorial by clicking this button :Pin It
Linking to Artsy Craftsy Recycling

71 comments:

  1. Its very cute! I love it...the roses are very beautiful and the red color lace too...

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  2. Really awsome, love all the details put into it, love all the colors to, nice work!!!!!!!!
    Paula

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  3. pretty! Love the lace!

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  4. Superb..You are amazing dear friend :)
    I wonder how you play smoothly with paper..keep rocking..its so cute :)

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  5. Nice frame and the paper flowers are gorgeous!!

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  6. wow these are adorable sonia...i love all

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  7. WOW!Super!Очень красивые рамки!

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  8. Fantastic, the flowers are awesome. TFS

    Judie

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  9. The flower looks great:)

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  10. Very beautifully done, Sonia! You are so creative - thanks for sharing another beauty with us!

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  11. wow sonia ! frame making became so easy with ur help.. we can try plenty of decorative ideas over that.. v nice .

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  12. another beautiful proj!

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  13. Beautiful frames! Thanks so much for sharing them- I just love your homemade flowers- and the frame is a perfect place for them :)Amy

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  14. Stunning frames, I especially like the first one and those lovely pink roses.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week and good luck.

    B

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  15. Very beautiful! Love them both!

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  16. I can't decide if I love the colors, the flowers, or the bling and ribbons more. Everything together just makes for one fabulous piece of art. You are a great recycler....I need to be better. Thanks for the inspiration. These are so pretty!

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  17. Hello, Sonia! I love how you did this...you are truly very creative and I love all your different projects and the results!
    Susan

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  18. Loved the paper flowers and the leaves!..beautiful work!

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  19. I am super impressed with those leaves... really!! absolutely stunning!!

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  20. This is amazing! I am always in awe as to what you can do with paper, ribbon, and a few bobbles. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

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  21. Очень понравились розы с жемчужиной и бабочка.

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  22. Like all the embellishing you put into each & every one of your wonderful creations.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

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  23. WOW!! the frames are beautiful!!! Fabulous job
    Hugs
    Norma

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  24. That's a fabulous frame. I love the flowers

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  25. Beautiful photo frames. They are so nice looking!

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  26. Lovely!
    This is another beautiful project!

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  27. Beautiful frame!!

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  28. Beautiful work!! You are so talented!!!

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  29. FINALLY!!!! Am able to comment on your blog now! Phew! :D I just thought I'd try again today and lo!! Its working now..

    I loved those roses so much!!! You just make it look so easy all the time! :)

    *hugs*

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  30. Thank You so much dear friends
    Patricia so glad you liked the leaves I love them too as I salvaged them from the packaging of dates!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful!!!! You always impress me! :)
    Amy
    redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com

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  32. thanks for this tutorial... lovely frame.

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  33. very pretty frame and flowers DR Sonia,i keep getting amazed at the number of things u can recycle,all your project's are so good.

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  34. Oh wow! This is so pretty Sonia! Love the happy and sweet colours and details especially the lovely trim.:)

    Thanks for playing along with my guest Lynn's recycling challenge! :)

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  35. Its very pretty work Sonia...useful tutorial also....

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  36. Another beautiful entry Sonia :) Your little girl is quite a crafter :) Very helpful tutorial too!

    Thanks for playing along at CraftyJC Recycle Challenge

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  37. This is so pretty..... i am gonna try this
    www.artistneelima.blogspot.com

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  38. Thank You so much dear friends for the wonderful words of encouragement

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  39. Both frames are beautiful. The roses are stunning. I love the ribbons and lace too. So prett.

    Jani
    papercompulsions.blogspot.com

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  40. Fantabulous! I love Indira's ideas and you just rocked it! Super awesome double sided frame Doc. Absolutely fantastic elements and those pink roses are the bomb!
    I like those leaves too, gotta try it sometime. Love how you did the swirls with glitter glue. The addition of gold ribbon is brilliant.
    As always you rock!

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  41. Wow..such lovely creations..Thanks for sharing.
    Will surely try to make them sometime!

    Shuchi
    s-lostinreverie.blogspot.com

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  42. I hope you win a challenge with this project, it's fantastic!

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  43. Wow! Both of these are so cute! Tks. for sharing with us! Going to have to give one a try!

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  44. Its beautiful. Luv the idea of recycling.

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  45. Gorgeous frames Sonia, love your creativity!
    Thanks for entering another fab project into my Alter/Recycle challenge at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Love Nicola xxx

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  46. Thank You so much dear friends for leaving such wonderful appreciative comments

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  47. Both sides of your frame are beautiful! Such pretty flowers!

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  48. Beautiful frames ~ very special. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

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  49. My goodness, everything you do is so lovely, I'm crazy about the rose - wow!
    Glenda xx

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  50. amazing sonia. that too the rose colour photo frame is very attractive

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  51. everything about this is so gorgeous, sonia! your flowers are just beautiful! thanks so much for playing along:)

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  52. Hi Doc, sorry for visiting late, had a busy work week. I am so overwhelmed that you tried my idea and also linked it back to me :) You know I love your work and you've given a totally different rendition to this one :) Thanks a ton again! Love ya!

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  53. Very creative and sooooo pretty, Dr. Sonia. I love that butterfly.

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  54. I agree with ET those flowers are a BOMB.. they look awesome.. Thanks so much for playing along with CraftyJC over and over again Doc.. a pleasure to visit your blog...

    Hugs,
    Khush

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  55. So pretty.
    http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/

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  56. A great home project, I love those handmade flowers and the great idea of using a desk calender :) Thanks for sharing your creation with us at TPV this week :)

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  57. Great tutorial. i love it so much, thanks for sharing

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  58. Oh gosh!! This is stunning! I'm sharing this with sims as well!! Shed love to try this!

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  59. Hi Sonia . Another awesome project from you with great photos and instructions .Really pretty flowers too .Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .
    Shirley-Anne

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  60. Lovely frame ideas. Quite simple ones are here too! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  61. Anonymous6/2/12

    hi Dr Sonia i searche the websites for making a photo frame but all was in vain.aftr going thru ur work my serch is nw finish.ur frame z really awsome.
    with
    regards
    babita

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  62. Thank You Babita glad to know it was helpful

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  63. Hi dr. Sonia i need your urgent help and guidance. i need to buy design paper cutter n craft paper n other crafting stuff ..plz help me from where i can get all these stuff in bangalore , plzzz reply plz plz plzzzzzzz

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    1. Divya do check my link to craft supply stores India and Bangalore on the top of the blog
      I have found the widest range of papers in Itsy bitsy.

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  64. the roses are the sweetest, the photoframe is outstanding.

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  65. Very good blog..I really like most of the items..and detailed steps of tehm

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    1. Thank You Neeraja for the kind encouraging comments!

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  66. This is so adorable! I recently did a photo frame that was really easy using doilies. Here;s the link if you would like to check it out :)
    http://maddileigh.com/picture-perfect-vintage-lace-photoframe-diy/

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