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I made an origami book recently and I really liked the folding process. Then one of my frames fell off the wall and broke. I was annoyed when I realized I could make my own! I whipped this up and I think I'm addicted. You could use such fancy papers or fabrics for SO cheap and ANY size.


  • Step 1

    1. Decide on the size you want the frame to be based on your image. Cut out the center as well to make it the exact size you want. You need to use the box cutter because this really needs to be perfect.

  • How to make a frame / photo holder. Photo Frames From Cardboard - Step 2
    Step 2

    2. Lay the frame down on your paper. Draw a line one inch outside the frame and one inch inside the frame. You also need to draw the lines of the frame on the paper too. Cut it all out.

  • How to make a frame / photo holder. Photo Frames From Cardboard - Step 3
    Step 3

    3. Draw a line thru the outside corner (to make a right triangle) in each corner and cut those corners off. Draw a line thru the inside corners to where the frame begins make two 45 degree angles. Cut along those lines.

  • How to make a frame / photo holder. Photo Frames From Cardboard - Step 4
    Step 4

    4. Fold all the inside pieces inside. It's not too hard to do perfect because you just fold along the frame lines you drew.

  • How to make a frame / photo holder. Photo Frames From Cardboard - Step 5
    Step 5

    5. Put the frame on the paper, the inside flaps inside. Fold the outside flaps up around the cardboard.

  • How to make a frame / photo holder. Photo Frames From Cardboard - Step 6
    Step 6

    6. Glue the paper down with the gluestick to the cardboard. I glued the inside first then the outside.

  • Step 7

    7. Tape your print to the back of the frame. Use poster tape to hang it up.

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craftysteffers · Gulf Breeze, Florida, US · 3 projects
Love the tutorial. I have tons of cardboard and lots of prints in need of framing. But finding the right size frame for a good price is hard to come by. Thanks for an easy solution! I've been trying to think of the best way to make frames out of cardboard and I think you've done it!
Mel · Belgium, Wisconsin, US
Very cute simple idea. =)
Roxanna · Del Rio, Texas, US · 2 projects
This is great! I can never find the right design, color, and size of frame. this way I can make my own! thanks!
tricia m.
tricia m. · Richmond, Virginia, US
love this!
northernstar · Flateyri, Westfjords, IS · 35 projects
This is so handy and versatile! Thank You Happy
athenamat · New York, New York, US · 19 projects
Exactly. And it looks so much nicer than just hanging up a poster. I used a broken frame so I taped the glass to the frame too Happy It took a lot of tape but worked fine. I am fixing to make a set of these to frame these great owl cards I got. Thanks for looking!
Biblionic · Rochester, New York, US · 2 projects
Awesome! This is perfect for people with essentially no budget, i.e. college students without jobs. Happy

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