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DIY Cardboard photo frame

It’s been awhile since I made something with cardboard, I almost forgot it was soo nice and fast!
And like father’s day is coming it was the perfect opportunity to do something. It tooks me about two hours to realize this project. I’m gonna put picture of my two kids in it as a father day’s present!

So you gonna need:
Cardboard (2mm and 0.5mm thickness), 2 different papers (I used brown Skyvertex and beige tissue paper), white glue, paint brush, pencil, equerre, cutter, and scissors.


Here are pieces you gonna cut in cardboard, A/B in 2mm and C/D in 0.5 mm cardborad.

1. Glue A pieces on wrong side skyvertex paper, rectangles must be parallel with a 0.8″ (2 cm) space between .them. Paper should exceed rectangles around 0.8″ (2 cm)
2. Cut paper angles.
3. Fold paper and glue on cardboard. Cut an extra piece of paper and gue it on the center, to fill the gap between rectangles. You make the hinge to fold your photo frame.
4. Cut 2 rectangles on beige paper, 7″ x 5.1″ (13cm x 18 cm)
5. Glue them on the inside.
6. What you must have at this point, the back of your photo frames.

To glue, I spread white glue with a brush and then I flatten the paper by hand.


7. Glue D pieces on back of B pieces
8. Cut 2 rectangles on beige paper and glue on the front.
9. Cut angles and center. Fold and glue on the back. You must have 2 beige frames.

10. Glue brown rectangle paper on C pieces (wrong side together), and cut angles on paper.
11. Fold and glue paper. You must have 2 brown frames.
12. You gonna glue the three pieces together.
First glue the beige frames on the back part, one on each side, leaving free the hinge in the middle.
Then glue brown frame on top of beige frame.
To be sure that all the parts are well glued together you can put them under a pile of book (or something heavy) to press until glue dries.


Et voila! Folded and Opened!

If you want to do more cardboard stuff or if you look for nice paper, material and tutorial take a look at L’éclat de verre. You can also check my other cardboard projects: toys and craft supplies organization


I kind of ruined the surprise showing the gift on the blog before the day … but with luck he will not even notice!
So tell me, what did you plan for father’s day?



You will find all the tutorials featured in the video on my “Best DIY” page.

You will find all the tutorials featured in the video on my “Best DIY” page. Amaryllis


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  1. * * * / * * *

    Amazing use of cardboard. I've seen a lot of photo frame but these one really tickles my taste buds for DIY home decors.

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    I really want try make something like this…I just love it…thanks for sharing… 🙂

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    I love it but it might be a bit hard for my limited abilities, or maybe I'm just tired. I was going to buy a double 5×7 frame, landscape. I suppose I could adapt this if I could find a big enough single piece of paper? What do you think?

  4. * * * / * * *

    Loved your photoframe. I love making my own photoframes and have been using double sided tape. Love the elegant look of your frames
    Dr Sonia

  5. * * * / * * *

    Can you use any kind of paper or do you need the skyvertex? Would it work with scrapbook paper?

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      It works with any type of paper. The scrapbook paper is quite thin so you may have to use another type of glue, otherwise the paper may be damp and rip.

  6. Marsha Campbell
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    You mention A, B, C, etc, but have numbers on the drawings

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Marsha, The letters are to help you cut and identify the different cardboard pieces. The numbers on the pictures refer to the steps you have to follow to make the frame.

  7. Dearlives
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    Stunning cool. Going to make an photo frame this week. This tutorial is what i am looking for !

  8. * * * / * * *

    Can’t wait to try this I am unable to find paper frames so this is my best option, Might have to substitute a different type of board though. Wish me luck