How to Make a DIY Scrap Paper Picture Frame

Nesting on 04.21.11
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Photo: Tiffany Threadgould/Remake It!

Here's a great craft project you can do with your kids for Earth Day or any day. It's simple, fun, and reuses materials. You can find more projects like this in my new book, Remake It! or on my website RePlayground. Happy remaking! 

Materials you'll need:
2 sheets of scrap paper
clear plastic from packaging

Tip: You can use different types of scrap paper for many of these paper projects. Try using magazine pages, comic books, last year's calendar, newspaper, sheet music, maps, and more. Look in your paper recycling bin for inspiration.

1. Measure and cut two pieces of paper into squares that are 8 inches on each side.

2. Take one square piece of paper and fold it in half corner to corner. The paper should now look like a triangle. Fold the triangle in half again, straight across the middle. Unfold the paper so it is flat again.

3. Take all four corners of the paper and fold them into the center. Open the piece of paper back up. This is fold A.

4. Now, fold each corner twice toward the center. First, fold each corner so the point touches fold A. Then fold again along fold A so the corner is hidden. There will now be a 3 x 3 inch open square in the center of the folded parts.

5. Flip your project over (keeping all the folds you've made in place. Fold each new corner back 1 inch toward the center. Set this piece aside.

6. With the other piece of paper, make the picture frame stand. Start by folding the paper in half long ways down the center. It should now look like a long rectangle. Open the piece of paper so it's flat.

7. Fold each side of the paper lengthwise to the centerfold you made in step 6. It should now look like a long rectangle with two flaps.

8. With the flaps closed toward the center, fold the top of the rectangle ½ inch down and the bottom of the rectangle ½ inch up. Now fold the bottom of the rectangle up to meet the bottom edge of the flap at the top.

9. Tuck the folded edge of the flaps from the stand into the corners you folded on the back of the frame in step 5. Each of these corners has a slit down the middle from the folds you made, so you will be able to tuck flaps at the top and bottom of the stand in at this slit. Tape the stand in place.

10. Cut your photo into a 4 x 4-inch square. Insert the photo into the front of the frame by sliding it under the folded space. You can add a piece of clear plastic from a food container or toy packaging to protect your photo. Just cut the plastic into a 4 x 4-inch square, and slide it into the frame after you've inserted your photo. Now you're done with this picture-perfect project!


Here are theinstructions, visualized:

Instructions for making a DIY craft picture frame from scrap paper with kids

Follow these instructions to make the frame. Image: Tiffany Threadgould/Remake It!


DIY scrap paper picture frame craft for kids image

The final product, a great DIY picture frame! Photo: Tiffany Threadgould/Remake It!


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