How to make a photo frame with your own hands: 14 interesting ideas
Photographs are the guardians of the most valuable moments of life, so they often decorate our homes, evoking pleasant memories. How much more attractive the photo will look if you dress it in an original frame made by yourself! Today we will tell you 14 ways to make a photo frame with your own hands, which will become a real interior decoration or a unique creative present.
1. Cardboard photo frame
The simplest and at the same time not devoid of originality picture frame can be made of cardboard. Even a child can cope with such work!
On one sheet of cardboard, cut out a rectangular center, which should be slightly smaller than the photo. Separately, prepare a larger cardboard rectangle than the picture. If you plan to put the photo frame on the leg, prepare it using the template. For a wall product, do not forget to stick the rope.
Then everything is simple - from the back of the “window” we attach a photo and fix it with a rectangle smeared with glue, we fix the leg.
Such a frame in itself will not be of decorative value, so it must be decorated. Use colored paper, magazine clippings, or gift wrapping.
2. Frame of branches
A wonderful eco-style photo frame will turn out if you use thin twigs and twigs to make it. It is noteworthy that the material is easy to collect just leaving the house. Also prepare cardboard for the base, glue gun, varnish and additional decor in the form of flowers, beads, cones or ribbons.
Form a rectangular blank of cardboard in dark color or paint (the main thing is that it does not remain white). Dry branches need to be lightly peeled, freed from excess bark and cut into equal lengths to the size of the sides of the frame.
Now you can start gluing the rods by slightly twisting their ends in the corners. In conclusion, glue decorative ornaments and open the craft with varnish.
3. Shell photo frame
Lying seashells are likely to be found in any family with children. The tireless child is ready to collect this material in tons, without finding it then. Take this opportunity and decorate the photo frame with shells!
The basis can be an ordinary wooden or plastic frame. Pick up whole shells, rinse thoroughly, dry and proceed to sticking. When the composition is finished, open the shell frame with varnish or paint.
4. Denim photo frame
A creative youth photo frame can be made from old jeans. As a basis, take a dense sheet of plywood or a rectangular wooden plank. Draw on it the contours of the future photo.
Prepare the decor - cut the denim ribbons of the same width but different lengths so that the finished rounds are of different sizes. Coat each tape with glue on one side and twist. When you collect a lot of such "details", paste a frame over them.
After complete drying, it is necessary to carefully trim the bottoms of the extreme rounds on the inside, as well as the sides of the cardboard protruding from the sides. Now you can put your favorite photo here!
5. Country style yarn frame
To make a nice frame in which a family or baby photo will look great, you can use knitting threads. You will need 70-80g of yarn of one or several colors (at your discretion) and two framework frames made of cardboard.
Each of the basics must be tightly wrapped with thread, passing twice, so that there are no voids. Now clothe the photograph with these two wrapped frames and once again thread the entire product, fixing it in this way.
In the process of winding, you can string multi-colored beads, buttons or decorate a ready-made photo frame with artificial flowers.
6. Mosaic frame from disks
Iridescent DVDs are excellent material for making high-tech photo frames with their own hands. Take some old unwanted discs and break them into small fragments.
Prepare a cardboard base and proceed to gluing pieces that can be placed in a chaotic manner. After completing work, let the frame dry for several hours.
Now you need to process the gaps - use acrylic compositions in tubes or paints for stained glass painting. Do not forget about the edges of the frame!
7. Cookery photo frame
The reliable and original design of the photo frame can even be made from salt dough. Creating it is very simple: pour a glass of flour and half a glass of salt into a bowl, add 100 ml of water (if you want the frame to be colored, dilute the water with food coloring). Knead the dough and season it with 50 ml of vegetable oil.
The dough should “rest” for two hours, after which you can begin to sculpt. Place the finished product in a preheated oven and bake for two hours, not forgetting to turn it over.
If you do not color the dough initially, you can paint the finished product after it is completely cooled. The photo frame from the test will last longer if you open it with a layer of varnish.
8. Decoupage frame
The name of the drawing technique sounds rather pompous, but in reality it is simple gluing. To make a stylish photo frame, you will need napkins with a pattern, PVA glue, a wooden or plastic base frame and varnish.
Disassemble the old frame and paint the front surface with white acrylic paint (for convenience it is better to use a sponge), wait for it to dry. Put a napkin, soak a brush in glue and process the canvas, smoothing out possibly formed air bubbles.
When the product dries well, you need to cut out the middle for the photo and glue the edges inward. Now you can collect the photo frame and varnish.
9. Photo frame from the window frame
Yes, you read it right - from a regular window frame you can make a unique panel in the style of shabby chic. For this, of course, you will need an old window frame that you can not even paint - cracked paint and chips will become the "highlight" of the product.
The frame needs to be disassembled, inserted one large photo or several small ones, depending on the number of windows. Previously, the pictures need to be glued to a sheet of cardboard or thick paper. It is better to choose black and white photos - they will look harmonious with your “old” luxurious frame.
Now it remains to assemble the product and find a worthy place on the shelf of the living room or bedroom.
10. Button photo frame
It's no secret that many housewives, sending old clothes to the landfill, cut off buttons from it in the hope that they will someday come in handy. Well, their time has come - draw a photo frame with colorful buttons!
Choose buttons of various sizes - it will be easier for you to make a composition. First place large buttons on the frame, and then fill the gaps with small ones. If you are satisfied with the result, proceed to gluing, fixing each button in turn.
If you make the backing frame yourself from cardboard, it is better to glue it with colored paper beforehand, because the gaps will be visible one way or another.
11. Original cereal frame
A simple and affordable option to make a photo frame with your own hands is to make it using cereals or grains. You will also need thick cardboard, some paper, glue and paint.
From a cardboard or plywood, create a frame, and glue paper over the edges for beauty. Paint the workpiece. Now you can start decorating.
Place the frame on the support so that it is in a horizontal position. Thickly glue the surface to get a decent layer and sprinkle the top with grits. The miracle frame is ready! To make it last longer, cover it with an additional protective varnish.
12. Retro frame from the alarm clock
An interesting idea to make a stylish photo frame, giving a second life to an old alarm clock. Use a screwdriver to dismantle the alarm. Attach the glass to the photo and crop the image.
Now assemble the entire structure back, but without the hands and clockwork. The picture is placed under the glass. To fix the photo securely, grease its edges with glue.
Such a retro-style photo frame will be a wonderful decoration for a fireplace, bookshelf or a great gift.
13. Photo frame from clothespins
From clothespins, you can make a funny sun frame, where the photos will be arranged in a circle. This is one of the easiest ways!
First you need to form a circle of cardboard. Cut the middle or leave it with a motley picture - decide at your discretion.
Now glue the clothespins along the entire circumference so that the opening side of each of them looks up. Your wonderful photo frame is ready!
14. Elegant paper photo frame
See how easy it is to make a pretty photo frame even out of plain paper! For the frame, you will need a thick paper sheet. Draw a template as shown in the photo - you can print the image or redraw by zooming in on the monitor.
Now, following the step-by-step instructions, fold the frame, and draw the inside with colored paper or cloth. Start decorating, but don’t forget that the frame is paper, so you won’t stick a lot of decorations on it, otherwise the product may lose its shape.
Two or three flowers or butterflies will be enough. You can complete the composition with a contrasting winding with a nice trinket.
Making a photo frame with your own hands is an interesting creative process that allows you to make a real masterpiece out of simple materials. Do not forget to see our photo gallery! Here you will find even more interesting ideas that you can safely experiment with using various decorating methods.