Homemade Frames Made from Cardboard

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Homemade Frames Made from Cardboard
Create a frame for any photo or print using cardboard. (frame image by William Berry from Fotolia.com)

Recycled cardboard is an excellent medium to create homemade frames to hang prints or photographs. It is simple to cut without expensive tools and can be decorated using virtually any kind of paper. Use decorative paper that matches the room decor, or the theme of the photo or print, or use designs with your favourite colours instead.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Decorative paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Photo safe tape
  • Ribbon, optional
  • Poster tape

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  1. 1

    Use a box cutter to cut a sheet of cardboard in to a rectangle measuring 1/2 inch larger than the photograph or print you want to use.

  2. 2

    Cut a smaller rectangle out of the centre of the cardboard. Feel free to cut this small to pinpoint a focal point on the photo or make the cut large enough to show the entire photograph.

  3. 3

    Lay a sheet of patterned paper on a hard surface with the design facing down. Position the cardboard over the centre of the paper.

  4. 4

    Place a 1-inch ruler next to each edge of the cardboard and draw a line to create a border, inside and out, around the frame. Remove the cardboard frame.

  5. 5

    Cut each corner off of the paper, creating a flat edge on the corners. Draw a line on the inside corners, creating two 45 degree angles. and cut out around the lines.

  6. 6

    Place the cardboard frame back onto the paper. Fold the centre flaps up and over the inside of the frame. Run a line of glue or double-sided tape along the inside of the paper.

  7. 7

    Fold the outer edges of the paper up and over the outside edge of the frame. Glue or tape the paper to the back of the cardboard frame.

  8. 8

    Flip the frame over. Position a photograph in the middle of the frame and attach it using photo safe tape.

  9. 9

    Hang the framed photograph or print on the wall using poster tape, or attach a loop of ribbon to the back of the frame using poster tape. Use the ribbon to hang the frame on a nail or tack.

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