These paper picture frames are so simple in terms of materials and time required but they are one of the cutest DIY picture frame ideas you’ll see. Whether your little person fills them with a photo or a special sentiment this is a sweet and simple, no prep gift idea for your little one!
The super small supply list for this DIY picture frame project…
Print the paper photo frame template onto any heavy paper or cardstock. We started with this super bright cardstock but you could absolutely start with plain white and add embellishments as you go! You could make this DIY photo frame with copy weight paper but the curls don’t hold as well. Since those curls are what make the frame three dimensional, and really pop, it won’t have quite the same effect!
Decoration could be added to this DIY picture frame in literally anyway you could imagine. Paint, crayons, colored pencils, markers- have at it! We combined the super bright cardstock with simple black and white markers for a graphic, yet simple, pop!
Plain black Sharpies and white chalk markers will show up nicely on any color of paper and make simple designs really stand out!
Personalize your photo frame…
After you’ve printed your picture frame template use scissors to cut out those square corner bits. You’ll only need to add embellishments to the 4 strips that extend beyond the center rectangle or the spot where the picture will be.
Choose your medium to decorate- the sky’s the limit. If a wet medium, like paint, is used you’ll need to add in some time for drying before constructing the paper picture frame. Wet paper won’t roll!
Encourage your kids to think simple. As not all of what they draw will show at one time drawing actual pictures or words may be a bit frustrating. Think designs and patterns on a simple repeat here. But let’s be honest…anything a kiddo crafts by hand like this is precious. Make suggestions to help them get started successfully and then back away. Set them free to make!
Make your paper photo frame three dimensional….
Now that you’ve decorated and patterned the picture frame template you’re ready to roll. Literally.
Take each decorated edge and roll it tightly around a pencil. Roll it the direction that allows the pattern to show then slide the pencil out. While the “rolled” shape will loosen the paper will stay curled creating an “edge” to the paper photo frame.
Once all four sides are rolled they make a frame that pops right out at you! If you use the template provided here the resulting “picture” size will be 5 x 7. Fill with a photo or a sweet, handwritten sentiment. This paper picture frame is a creative alternative to a handmade card and would definitely get a prized spot on the refrigerator or bulletin board!
Get the free DIY picture frame template here….
I’m going to be honest… this template is pretty simple and you could definitely recreate it without my help. But I have saved you the measuring and marking by creating a free template that you can print out on your choice of cardstock and be ready to go in seconds. If you’d like to grab that paper photo frame template just use the subscribe form below to become a KItchen Table Classroom subscriber. Then go check your email and confirm that you meant to become a subscriber.
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Christmas picture frames…
Here’s an example of how easily this paper picture frame lends itself to the holiday season! These paper picture frames are a super fun way to frame a holiday picture or make your own original art to be framed!