How to Make an Oval Frame

Written by matt scheer
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An oval frame is an ellipse-shaped picture frame that you can use to display pictures, mementos or artwork. You can create custom oval frames out of common household supplies and decorate them to match your home or office decor. Once you learn the basics of making these frames, you can make lots of customised designs using the same techniques.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Permanent marker
  • Cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Clear plastic sheet
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Image or artwork
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    Draw an oval on a piece of flat cardboard. Make the oval as large or as small as you want. Draw another oval inside that one, centred and about 2 inches smaller all the way around.

  2. 2

    Cut along the lines with a box cutter and remove the resulting oval ring from the cardboard. This is the base of your frame.

  3. 3

    Decorate the front of the frame with paper, paint and miscellaneous embellishments of your choosing. Use tempera or acrylic paints and craft glue for the best results.

  4. 4

    Place the ring on another piece of flat cardboard. Trace the outside of the oval. Repeat this process on the clear plastic sheet. Cut around the lines on both materials either with box cutters or scissors.

  5. 5

    Glue the plastic oval to the back of the cardboard oval frame. Put glue on the back of the ring and press down on the plastic piece. Let it dry for about 5 minutes.

  6. 6

    Place the image you want to frame on top of the plastic. Center it in the frame and trim the edges so it doesn't hang over the sides of the oval frame. Affix it to the plastic with a few drops of glue placed around the edges. Let the glue dry for a couple of minutes.

  7. 7

    Line up the last cardboard oval on the back of the image. Glue it around the edges and wait for it to dry.

  8. 8

    Cut a small piece of ribbon--about 3 to 4 inches. Fold it in half and join the two ends to create a loop. Glue the loop to the back of the frame, about 1/2 inch from the top. Wait for it to dry before hanging.

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