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How to Make a Unique Picture Frame

Many of us act like small time hoarders sometimes, especially girls and especially when it comes to magazines. We don’t like to throw out any magazine, even if we know we will never open them again. Most of the time we have piles and piles of old fashion journals, decoration magazines and years old Cosmopolitans, just sitting on our bookshelves, collecting dust. Smart people walk among us and instead of hoarding like crazy, they take photos of the stuff they’ll never use again, in case they are overly and unnecessarily attached to them. If you still feel like you can’t get rid of your magazines and a picture just won’t do it, this is a fun project that will transform a couple of precious dusty magazines into something that you can actually use.

Making the Picture Frame

You will need nothing else for this DIY project than scissors, glue and one or two of your least favorite magazines. To make the frame you see in the photo, you can use an old edition of ELLE magazine. You can also use daily newspapers, but fashion magazines have that quality paper, that plays with the sunlight, and it will make the tubes glow from the inside.

Rip out a few pages and fold them four times, crosswise. Fold them enough for the crease to mark the page, so that you can know where to cut them later. To make sure the paper strips are even from side to side, rip the pages where there’s content instead of pictures. That way you can direct your scissors easily, without losing the straight line. Depending on the size of the picture frame you want, you can cut as many paper strips as you want. To pull off the frame on the picture, you need one magazine and a couple of extra pages from another magazine. Remember that this is the easy part, so if you believe this is too much work to begin with, you can use a paper cutting machine. ciniite.jpg

Next, it’s folding time! This part of the project is a little boring, because you will have to do the same thing over and over and over again. For the frame displayed on the photo, I had three episodes of King of Queens ready and the job didn’t turn out so tedious and draining. You can employ your kids, friends or a loved one for this part of the project. How else will you add sentimental value to the frame?

Roll the paper strips into uneven tubes. Make as many different sizes as you can. Big, small, finger sized and ridiculously tiny. That way, when you stick them together, the frame will look as if it’s made out of bubbles. When you roll the strip to the end, squeeze just a teardrop of glue at the end of it and hold the tube for a couple of seconds to dry.

It will be best to finish this part before you move to the next one, because once you start gluing them together and you realize you are out of tubes, you might not feel as excited as when you started. Make tiny tubes more than you make any other size, they will come in handy at the end of your project.

Start gluing three tubes at once and make a bunch of sets of three tubes. When you have dozens of sets like these dry, you can start making the base of the frame. You can start at either side of the frame, it doesn’t really matter, just make sure you stop when you reach the size of the border of your bubbly frame. Don’t be stingy with the glue, and make sure the tubes are glued together from every side. Depending on the size of the tubes, some of them will lie next to two or three, but some, if they are smaller will have to be glued next to four of five. Once you make one side of the frame, you can start building it up. I chose a rectangle shaped frame, as it is easier to build. You can make a pyramid, a square or even a circle, depending on the level of your creativity and craftiness. framework.jpg

When you get to the point where you have built the three sides of the frame, it is time to build the inside. You can also leave the inside empty, but I build it anyway as it gives the photo a natural glowing, sparkling effect, particularly when you leave if in front of a window. Before you start building the sides, measure the photo you want to place, and have it nearby to make sure you build the size of the bed properly. dsc04564.jpg

To build the inside, or the bed where you place the photo later, you will have to cut the paper tubes in half. If some of them are too strong to be cut in half, cut the paper strips shorter at the beginning, while you cut the rest of the strips. To make holders for the photo, find the deepest slot, between the tubes, where you can take one of the bigger tubes in size, cut it in half and glue it to on the tubes that make the slot. You can make two or three holders like these, and just slide the photo in between at the end. That way, the photo will be trapped between the inside of the frame and the holder. finalframe.jpg

Once you finish building the borders of your new frame and the bed is even with the sides, you only have the top left. This is the easiest part, because you can just pile paper tubes on top of each other until the frame is done. I really liked the frame to be even on the sides, so I made a lot of tiny tubes to fill in the gaps on each side.

Still, it is your project and these instructions are only the idea or the groundwork, so use your imagination to make something pretty out of ordinary magazines.

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