How to make a picture frame using paper

Updated February 21, 2017

Picture frames keep pictures from curling and make nice presentations for your favourite photographs. Paper mats and picture frames can be expensive, so making your own may save you money. Create picture frames in different shapes and sizes to suit your picture. Personalise the frames with decorative embellishments. Whether needing frames for a child's refrigerator art or for a casual photo display, paper picture frames will enhance your home's decor.

Measure the picture you want to frame. Set aside and place the cutting mat on a table that is an appropriate size.

Cut out two pieces of thick cardstock, one for the backing and the other for the frame. Use a heavy-duty paper cutter or a craft knife and a straight edge, such as a ruler. The pieces should be one inch larger than the picture on all sides.

Cut a piece of 1/16-inch-wide ribbon, with the length equal to the top side of the paper. This will be the hanger. Set aside the ribbon.

Cut out four 1-inch squares of felt for the frame spacers. Set them aside.

Place the first piece of cardstock on the cutting mat. Cut out a window, which is slightly smaller than your picture, in the centre of the cardstock for the frame.

Place the full sheet on the cutting mat. Dab white glue on all four corners of the cardstock. Place the felt squares on each corner, pushing them down to absorb the glue.

Dot glue on top of each of the felt squares.Place the picture on top of the cardstock, centring it between the felt squares. Place pieces of double-sided tape on the back of the picture. Place the cut-out frame on top. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes.

Turn the frame over. Dab glue on the back of the frame and attach the ribbon so that it is not taut. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes. Slide the picture inside the frame.


Set your paper picture frame on a small wooden easel if you want to display it on a tabletop.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture
  • Ruler
  • 2 pieces of cardstock
  • Heavy-duty paper cutter
  • Craft knife
  • Straight edge
  • 1/16-inch-wide ribbon
  • Felt
  • Cutting mat
  • White glue
  • Double-sided tape
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