This is the first time I tried my hand at making a photo frame - I Googled it but could not get anything I liked so worked out my own DIY photo frame and hence sharing the tutorial to make this easy and inexpensive Cardboard Photo frame.
My regular readers will be knowing by now how much of a " junk collector" I am- well in addition to all sorts of junk, I dont throw away boxes either and this is the box I recycled into a photoframe.
How to Make your own custom Photo frame
This is a very economic craft and pretty fast to complete too.
Materials Required to make your own Photo frame
Take 1 of the cardboard pieces and center your photo on it and mark all around to get your aperture
Cut out the marked area at a slightly smaller size [ so that the frame will overlap your photo slightly]
Place the photo frame front on a pattern paper, foam , felt or other material of same size as your card front and again mark out your aperture.This is optional- you can paint your photo frame front and skip this all together. My friend Neha has a lovely tutorial on a photoframe [ discovered it after this post so editing my post]which I wish I had seen before I made mine as she has a neat technique to wrap the pattern paper.Here is her link: Neha's Photoframe
Cut out the aperture from your pattern paper- here I used corrugated paper left over from my daughters school project .Stick this paper/foam etc to your card front
Mark the photo aperture on the back piece of your photoframe too
Cut off a centimeter or so from the top central part of the back as shown so as to allow easy sliding in of the transparency and the photo.This step is advisable if you plan on frequently changing your photo as it allows easy removal and insertion of your photo- otherwise skip this step
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, right and left] and reach till the top
Stick some pattern paper if you want to the back of the photo frame[ optional as once your photo is in the frame this area is not seen - however if you want to gift the frame cover it with pattern paper so that it looks nice.
Apply glue to the back of the front of the photo frame leaving a small gap of a few millimeters from the aperture edge. Dont apply glue to the top as this is where you will slide your photo in.
Stick the front and back together and leave to dry well.
Make a stand for your photo frame using a strip of cardboard. Take a wide strip of cardboard and bend one end up as shown. I have bent up a 2 cm strip
Decorate your photo stand strip if your wish. Here I have used the same corrugated paper as the front for a matching effect
Apply glue to the back of the bent strip
Position your stand strip at the center and stick it to complete your frame
Your basic photo frame is ready
Decorate your photo frame as you desire:Use shells, beads, quilling, punch craft, clay craft , mirrors , mosaic tiles etc
You can slide in the transparency and the photo once you have decorated your photo frame.
The leaves and branches have been hand cut from this glossy green box [Now you can see how serious I am about collecting stuff!].
The gorgeous pink pearls are from my daughter necklace which had broken!
I have glued on the base of the leaves after giving a small fold so that the leaves stand up at angles
I hope I can tempt you into recycling some cardboard to make a DIY photo frame. Do leave me your comments
Here are links to some even easier
Handmade Photoframe Tutorial 1
DIY Photoframe tutorial 2
Doc... I asked you not to dazzle me.. and you do it ALWAYS.. Not fair.. this again is a very cute project...!! Thanks for sharing it with us and playing along with craftyJc...!!ReplyDelete
lovely photo frame:) thanx for the tutorial this one goes straight into my TO DO list of prjects....thanx for dropping into my blog n ur wonderful comments
Amazing stuff!! u put ur heart n soul in all u do and the outcome is always so pretty!ReplyDelete
Wow ....such acute project thanks for the tutorialReplyDelete
ye frame ka tute to meine kuch time pehle apne blog p dala tha :)ReplyDelete
Piękna ramka i śliczne kwiatki.Bardzo słodka.Pozdrawiam Wioletta:)ReplyDelete
Great project, lovely roses, I wouldn't have thought to use boxes for leaves, I will definitely be looking a little closer at my junk! Also like the little pearls in amongst the leaves. Thanks for the visits this week and the encouraging comments.ReplyDelete
Thank You so much dear friendsReplyDelete
Neha I went back just now to your blog to search for the tutorial -didnt get it- do share the link
Check it @ReplyDelete
What an idea Madamji! Now i have added it to my project to do list. Planning to decorate the room with lots photos! A very good Tutorial! the Corrugated paper, the roses,the beautifully cut leaves and your creativity ....another awesome project! Thank you Sonia.ReplyDelete
Great looking frame and again an excellent tutorial! It's always a pleasure to look over your work!ReplyDelete
This one, i can't resist, i will have to do it, will share my photoframe soon! Thanks for sharing the Tute! How to do the flower you have used here, i like the pattern very much!ReplyDelete
lovely project Doc. I wonder how u get all the time in the world to make such elaborate stuff and then share the tutorials also :) I guess we are lucky :)ReplyDelete
Super nice tutorial & a cute way to create a photoframe..very nice!!ReplyDelete
keep it up sweety :)
Such a pretty frame and do love a recycled project! It looks awesome :)ReplyDelete
i really love how u have used basic stuff to create this frame, its beautiful love ur layout and the flowers very much.thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Very beautiful frame and the pink handmade flowers are gorgeous.I loved the leaves too.thanks for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
This is so pretty...those flowers you have made so beautifully.ReplyDelete
Pretty frame for a pretty photo. Especially like the crimped frame look & the embellishing of the flowers, leaves & pearls.ReplyDelete
Great looking frame!ReplyDelete
Lakshmi[creative mamma] shall share the flower tutorial soonReplyDelete
Indira I made this frame last night-- it didnt take more than an hour and that too only because it was first time-- I dont think it should take long to make a basic frame.
Mira I do want to see your room with the frames!
Jane my obsession with pretty paper is so bad that these days before buying a grocery item itself I am contemplating uses for its packaging!!
Neha I wish I had seen your post before attempting this- would have made making it much easier!
lovely photo frame Sonia.ReplyDelete
the roses are pretty .good luck in the challenge .
WISH YOU A HAPPY ONAM
Great way to recycle, Dr. Sonia. Your photo frame is sooooo pretty and I love those paper roses. The necklace pearls just finished it off nicely. Super job!ReplyDelete
Wow, this is a fabulouse frame♥. Love the color and the paper roses are gorgeous♥.ReplyDelete
This is quite beautiful! Your tutorials are always so clear and consice! The photo is beautiful, and the frame just makes it even prettier! Thanks for sharing - cannot believe those leaves are from a green box!!! You are amazing, Sonia!!!ReplyDelete
Ооо какъв интересен урок!Много добра идея!Поздравявам те!ReplyDelete
Such a wonderful picture frame! Thank you for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous!!! Like you, I used to collect papers and stuffs that can be reused in crafts. But many are still like that in the box I preserved them in. You inspire me to start doing stuffs like this.ReplyDelete
This is so lovely Sonia! And what a great way to use those boxes! Thanks for sharing this tutorial! :)ReplyDelete
And thanks for playing along with my guest Lynn's recycling challenge! :)
Love the way you upcycle doctor.ReplyDelete
Beautiful frame- I love the pretty paper roses and the pearl embellishments. The corrugated paper around the frame adds a lot of dimension.ReplyDelete
Stunning, Dr Sonia. Love the leaves, the flowers and the idea that you recycled. Well done for creating such a beaut!ReplyDelete
This is such a beautiful frame! I love the corrugated paper and handmade flowers, and a great tutorial! Good luck, and thanks for joining in at the Craft-Room Challenge. Maria xReplyDelete
thats a super pretty one !ReplyDelete
Very beautiful!!lovely way of recycling:)ReplyDelete
very nice doc !ReplyDelete
Very pretty Sonia!!ReplyDelete
I like it how you cut the edges of the leaves!!
Gorgeous frame and fantastic tutorial. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge, good luck XOXO ZoeReplyDelete
Gorgeous way to recycle, lovely to look, beautiful flowers!ReplyDelete
Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m
gr8 work sonia.like the way you have recycle scrap.ReplyDelete
cute frame...well made using recycling stuff...ReplyDelete
flowers look fab.
wow!!! this frame is lovely!!! I love recycling!!!ReplyDelete
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Adorable pic too! :)
And the pearls look too elegant! :)
What a beautiful frame, love the roses, can't wait for tut. Thank for inspiring us with your awesome work.
Sonia, What a great Photo frame!! I just love your roses!! THey are perfect!!ReplyDelete
Amazing one for me pls..ReplyDelete
Sonia... You never leave any way not to amaze me... Such a nice way to turn thrash into treasures...ReplyDelete
Really great use of a recycled item, love your clean lines and your beautiful roses! Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch for our "Anything but a card" challenge :)ReplyDelete
what a lovely painting, I love it becomeReplyDelete
Красивая рамочка, очень нежные розы.ReplyDelete
What a GORGEOUS frame, Sonia and what great way to recycle materials! This is just beautiful and so much better than anything you can buy in a store! The flowers and leaves are so beautiful - I absolutely love this!! :DReplyDelete
Wow - great photo frame and fab recycling !! Thanks for the greeat tutorial too....and thanks so much for joining our Craft-room challenge..Esther xxReplyDelete
Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I don't like to call the stuff I collect "junk". I prefer to call it "craft supplies" LOLReplyDelete
Love the paper roses and leaves.
wonderful photo frame and thank you for the tutorial! I also use anything I can find "thinking green" in my craft creations. Way to go Doc! Thank you so very much for playing with us at Critter Sketch challenge this week!ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous! I love it! You never cease to amaze me!!!ReplyDelete
wow!-gorgeous flowers on your lovely frame, sonia! great tutorial! thanks for playing along!ReplyDelete
Thank You dear friends for appreciating this recycled projectReplyDelete
Jani you are so right not to call it junk-- I will also change my terminology!
Beautiful! I love how practical this is as well :)ReplyDelete
Very Pretty and love the flowers especially, thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge Debi xReplyDelete
Fab recycle Sonia ;) I do love your wonderful embellies,,,they really dress it up!ReplyDelete
This is so beautiful! I love those paper roses, they actually look real! :)ReplyDelete
Gosh.. this is gorgeous!! look at the number of comments, Sonia :)))) Killer inspiration girl.. sooo loved. most of all a BIG thanks for your generosity - you are soo willing to share your talent with such lovely tutorials.. Thanks a lot!!ReplyDelete
thanks a lot for playing along at CraftyJC Challenge
Great frame! Beautiful flowers and trim!ReplyDelete
Superb!! And thank you so much for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
Thank You Jaya for that effusive comment- had me grinning ear to ear!ReplyDelete
Thank You dear friends for taking the time to encourage me.
Gorgeouse frame! And a very well done tutorial, like always! Thanks for sharing your ideas!ReplyDelete
A wonderful frame and a great tutorial. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.ReplyDelete
awww!! so much recycling! and it turns out to be so beautiful project!! this is possible only by you Sonia!! great work again!ReplyDelete
Absolutely wonderful! Thanks! Have a great week-end! /KarinReplyDelete
Thank you so much for your comment on my blog and the nice thing is I got to see your blog too. What a wonderful job of repurposing things you do!ReplyDelete
I am sure going to show my little girl the post with the popsicle sticks, she has been saving them all summer to make something and this is a great idea!
Marlies, from Holland
What a cute frame! So sweet. Tks. for playing along with us at SFH!ReplyDelete
very nice and beautiful photo frame dear...ReplyDelete
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You make this look quick and easy! I love the roses- and thanks for the great picture tutorial!ReplyDelete
Wonderful project!! I am quite the junk collector myself. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge. Kim xxReplyDelete
Hi Sonia :O)ReplyDelete
Missed you lately, but came back to be awestruck once more. Amazing and so savvy you are. Way to be Earth Conscience my blend!
I love this tutorial it is amazing. I wanted to say thank you so much for stopping bye my blog and leaving your wonderful comments. Hope I will see you again. Will be looking for more of your creaitons on MIMReplyDelete
Fabulous frame & love that you recycled to create it! Thanks for playing along with us over at Critter Sketch this week :)ReplyDelete
How cool! I love how you used the corrugated paper! :)ReplyDelete
This is so lovely and what a good idea, your tutorial is so informative. Thanks for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xxReplyDelete
Suepr project Dr sonia! I love your projects!!ReplyDelete
nice looking frame...beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thank you for visiting my blog today and for your lovely comments. Your blog and creations are wonderful, i have a 9 year old daughter and were always searching for ideas to make together. You have lots of wonderful tutorials here, thanks again hunnyReplyDelete
Full thumbs up - so so gorgeous - i love it :)ReplyDelete
Oh Sonia, This is absolutely precious!! I LOVE those pink flowers!!!ReplyDelete
This came out so beautiful. You are amazing my friend.ReplyDelete
I love the pink with the green leaves, just stunning
WOW! It's amazing and magical!ReplyDelete
I fell in love with this work!
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What a cute project! thanks for playing in the Critter Sketch Challenge.ReplyDelete
wow....this is a lovely and well executed idea.....gorgeous....i loved your quilling as well.ReplyDelete
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Beautiful photo frame! I just love the flowers and leaves.ReplyDelete
Great tutorial beautiful frame.ReplyDelete
Wow! You are really creative! Thanks for the tutorial and for participating in SFH!ReplyDelete
Doc.. I can simply spend hours and hours at your blog.. and each post is prettier than the next.. and simply amazing. Love the ideas.. the colours.. and the ease with which this is done!! awesome!!ReplyDelete
ths looks sooo pretty...ReplyDelete
oh Sonia, what a beautiful transformation! You are an amazing artist!ReplyDelete
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Thank you Dr. Sonia, this is just what I was looking for! I want to make a photo frame but I couldn't find good clear directions. when I put it on my blog, I will direct everyone to your blog for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
Amazing Project... U are so talented... :)ReplyDelete
Hi Dr. Sonia, I made your frame and it is on my blog today! www.chrissandlou.blogspot.com thanks so much for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
grt tutorial...i needed such tutorial for very long. thanks!ReplyDelete
That turned out wonderful. You certainly are the flower queen and you know how I love flowers. Thanks for the tutorial. I am now a follower, sorry I thought I was alreadyReplyDelete
lovely creation and color combination looks awesome and you got nice space too.. following you... Drop @ http://www.ezcookbook.net/ReplyDelete
I reached this place through Anna's blog - hindustanka..... A really inspiring project. I could very easily make one. Am happy with my effort. Thanks a ton.
Oh I am so thrilled...always so rewarding when a kind soul takes the trouble to let me know one of my tutorials helped them!Delete
I really love this photo frame - it's so beautiful:)ReplyDelete
I think it's cool. It's gonna be my next project with my kid. Thank you for sharing this tutorial, Doctor Sonia. I am happy to see more creative from you. ^ ^ReplyDelete
Thank you Nisa be sure to check out the links to other easier photoframe tutorials tooDelete
awesome...thanks for tutorialReplyDelete
Loved the way you recycle things...ReplyDelete
Wow! Really very amazing. I like it. All are looking customized photo frame .ReplyDelete
Beautiful frame ... thank you for your visits to my blog. By in Slovenia.ReplyDelete
Excellent just what I was looking for to do in art club at school thanks xReplyDelete
did u color the cardboard?ReplyDelete
Ayesha I didnt use any coloring media in this. I used cream colored corrugated sheet for the frame and pattern paper on the aperture areaDelete