A photo frame is probably one of those design elements the most undervalued or forgotten. On many occasions, swe choose a frame automatically, without leaving the traditional standard. Sometimes it can also happen that they are very expensive. Making them yourself can be the best way to get an original frame, adjusted to our needs and, also for aprobust more economical. With that in mind, today we are going to teach you an idea for making photo frames with paper.


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Photo frames with paper

Today we’re going to test our practice and good taste in making frames that we can use as portraits, to frame photos, or even the typical poster boards that are used at home as a memory aid, etc. The special feature of this paper frame, is that we don’t use it glued smooth as usual, but we will give it some texture. How? ‘Or’ What? Well, placing it in the form of little tubes. Thus, we will have a frame of cylindrical textures, with relief and color; and even a striking design.

If you want to know how to achieve this interesting effect, keep reading this article.

Photo frames with paper – Materials

The best thing about this paper photo frame idea is how incredibly easy to find, simple, and inexpensive its materials are.

To begin with, but we will have two options. One is to get a wooden picture frame, or take advantage of the one we already have and decorate it. The other is to manufacture our frame directly. If we choose the first option, this problem is already solved because you just need to buy it. If, on the contrary, we decide to make the frame, we will need two cards to start. One will be the “back” of our frame, so it is best to buy it in black, white or gray. The other will be the frame itself, and we can buy it in brown or white, to make it a neutral base, or in a colorful color if we intend to show some of it under our decoration.

For decoration we will need it magazines or old papers that we have at home. They can even be advertising and propaganda. The more colors and shapes they have, the better. We will also need a cylindrical wooden rod with which we will make the paper tubes. If we don’t have or don’t know where to find a stick, a long plastic straw can also be used. And finally, we will use white glue to stick everything together.


Photo frames with paper – step by step

If we want to make the frame ourselves, instead of using a wooden frame, we have to start with take the measurements of our photo on one of the boxes, which will be the frame. When we draw the outline of the photo, we take the opportunity to make another, at least half a centimeter further inside. This will be the real inside edge of our frame, so the photo won’t leak!). All you have to do is make the outer edge, leaving a width for the frame to your liking.

If you want you can be more creative and if you want you can make a frame of circular shape, with the wavy edges or in any other way. Although, for this paper decoration design, a frame with straight edges will be more comfortable.

When you’ve drawn your frame, it’s time to cut it out from both the exterior and interior “window”. So we can use it to define the outside edge of our second card stock, which will be the backing, and cut that out as well. We check that everything is fine and proceed to glue the two cards on three sides. We leave one side unstuck to be able to put and take the picture.

We have already had our frame made (or bought), we can give way to the decoration that is most important to us.

To begin with, you will need to tear or cut a few magazine pages. Enjoy those sheets with more color and shine, as well as the ones that are not so thin. When you already have a few leaves aside (if later we run out of more, nothing happens), you will have to start cutting strips approximately four inches wide and a little longer than the frame measurements.

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Using the Wooden rod, or any other similar tool, we take a strip of paper and begin to roll it to one of the corners. You should wind it up tightly and watch the edges of the rod so that there is no problem later when removing the paper. When the sheet of paper is fully rolled up, we apply a little glue on the corner to stick it to the paper, and when dry, gently slide the rod. Now you cThe paper cylinder must be securely attached. It’s time to repeat the process with the rest of the paper strips.

Once we have a few prepared paper cylinders, it is when we recover our photo frame to cover it with a layer of white glue. If you are using a wooden frame, make sure it is a suitable glue for the material. Then we start to place our paper cylinders.

For a simple paper frame, it is best to align the tip of the cylinder with one of the edges of the frame and start from the outside of the frame. And, if we have excess paper, nothing happens, so we’ll cut it up. After gluing the first cylinder, we will continue to the next side of the frame and we will do it until cover the outside of the four edges. Now we cut out what is left. For the second row of paper cylinders, it will be better if we cut them first to the size of the space that remains in our frame. This will facilitate our work and also produce a finer result.

As we said, this is the process for a simple paper frame. But we can position the cylinders in another way for a more interesting effect. For example, placing them diagonally, perpendicular to each other or cutting very small paper tubes to create patterns and borders. If the latter idea is your intention, we recommend that you mark on the frame the pattern you want to create so that the placement of the cylinders is easier and to avoid irreparable breakdowns.

Now it’s just a matter of letting it dry and it will be over.

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