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Searching for how to make a gift with photos is very common, since it is a way to give a gift to another person that is full of symbolism and feelings for what can be remembered or represented with those images. While there are those who decide to choose a digital photo frame, others prefer to make a photo frame with pasta, and there are those who prefer to choose to know how to make a photo frame.

Whether to give as a gift or to decorate your home or office spaces, we are going to give you the keys and steps to take to make your own frames, with your own hands. For this you can use different materials such as cardboard, wood, cork, cardboard… as well as different styles. With this you will be able to decorate your spaces with greater personality and originality.

Instructions for making a photo frame

If you want to know how to make a photo frame, we are going to explain two ways to create them, so that you can choose the one that best suits your preferences.

How to make a cardboard photo frame?

One of the simplest and most economical crafts is to make a cardboard photo frame. For this you will only need these materials:

  • Images or photos of the desired size.
  • cardboard sheets
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Rule
  • Awl
  • rubber or adhesive
  • Scotch tape
  • double sided tape
  • acetate sheet

The steps to follow are those:

  1. First of all, you will have to mark four points on the cardboard, which will represent the corners of the image to be used. Join them to form the square or rectangle.
  2. Then add 3 cm to each side, mark it and proceed to cut it, repeating the process to make another identical piece.
  3. On the new cardboard mark 1 cm, then 2 cm more and then 1 cm. Mark these points on the cardboard and proceed to cut out a long strip. Repeat the process with three more strips and when you have them, mark the middle lines using an awl. This way you can fold it more easily.
  4. With the strip you will have to measure the internal part of the frame, making the mark and placing a number to identify each section, carrying out the same process for each of the sides. Once the fourth side is marked, it will be time to cut off the excess.
  5. Then you will have to cut the strip at the mark on each side, leaving the middle one untouched. Mark the section with an awl to bend it.
  6. On the starter picture frame, glue the folded cardstock strip, from the sides and around the inside edges. With another strip, do the same process but with the outer frame, leaving the marks on each side of the frame. A triangle is cut and the middle part is left free. Cut off the corners, fold the ends in an inch, and set the piece aside.
  7. Next, with the second frame cut to begin with, it is glued over the inner frame carefully, and the piece from step 6 is glued on its outside. Place the glue on the inner edges and press until well adhered.
  8. On the back you will have to stick the acetate paper with adhesive tape. Then, fit the image you prefer and place it with tape.
  9. To finish you will only have to hang it on your wall, with a double-sided tape. This way you will know how to make a cardboard photo frame.

How to make a cardboard photo frame?

Another easy to get and cheap material is cardboard, which you can use to create your own frames. To create it you will need these materials:

  • Image or photograph of the size you prefer
  • cardboard sheet
  • cardboard sheet
  • Cutter
  • Pencil
  • stick gum

Once gathered, you will only have to follow these steps:

  1. First of all, you have to mark the corners on the edge of your photograph on the cardboard sheet; and then join them to form a rectangle.
  2. Then you will have to mark two centimeters away from the edge on each of the sides, and join the marks to form a rectangle. Next, cut out the photo frame from the outer edge using a cutter. You will have to cut the previous rectangle leaving 0.5 cm inwards so that the photo does not move.
  3. From the cardboard you must cut a strip. You will divide this into eight parts, some cut pieces that will have to be glued on the inner corners.
  4. Once the above is done, it is time to cut a rectangular shape, which is at least two centimeters larger than the size of the photo frame. There you will have to glue the cardboard frame in the center of the cardboard.
  5. Then he proceeds to mark the outer straight lines, forming a square at the corners and proceeding to cut them. You have to apply glue on flaps and stick around the frame on the outside, being able to cut the excesses.
  6. Cut the cardboard in an “X” shape, proceeding to join the opposite corners. This way there will be some triangles and you will have to cut the excess so that they do not stand out. After applying glue, it will be time to stick them to the frame from the inside.
  7. Then cut another piece of cardboard 0.5 cm larger than the size of the photo and glue it to the frame in the center. Put glue around it and leave one side to place the photograph.
  8. To finish, cut a medium cardboard triangle to act as a support for the photo frame. Place the center with glue.