How to Build a Round Picture Frame

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How to Build a Round Picture Frame
A hot glue gun. (Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from

Displaying memorable photographs, portraits or original works of art requires the use of a frame. Depending on the shape of what you're hanging on the wall, the frame's shape should match it. Making a round picture frame to suit your photos or artwork is a fairly simplistic process that can be achieved in under an hour with just a few items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Circular quilting frame (size optional)
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard square (larger than quilting frame)
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Sheet of clear projector paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint & brushes (optional)

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  1. 1

    Obtain a circular quilting frame, which can be found in craft stores and many thrift stores have them as well. Choose a size to suit the size of the item you are wanting to frame.

  2. 2

    Place the quilt frame on the piece of cardboard and trace around it with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Cut the circle from the cardboard.

  4. 4

    Affix the circular piece of cardboard to one of the opened faces of the quilt frame to create backing. Use a hot glue gun to complete this task. Allow the glue to dry for approximately five minutes.

    How to Build a Round Picture Frame
    A hot glue gun. (Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from
  5. 5

    Open the quilting frame by unscrewing the hinge-piece located to one of the sides of the frame.

  6. 6

    Place the sheet of clear projector paper on the opened quilt frame. Make sure the paper is laying on the side that has the cardboard backing beneath it.

  7. 7

    Squirt six or seven small drops of hot glue along the other side of the opened quilt frame.

  8. 8

    Close the quilt frame carefully and firmly press it together. Screw the hinge-piece back together and allow the glue to dry for approximately five minutes.

  9. 9

    Cut the excess projector paper from the outer edges of the closed quilt frame.

  10. 10

    Paint the wood (or plastic) of the quilt frame any colour you want, or leave it bare for a natural look. Once opened, a photo or drawing can be inserted between the two circles. Screw the hinge shut and hang the frame on the wall with a tack or nail.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover the hinge-piece with a decorative bow or other item.

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