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DIY Cardboard photo frame

how to make a cardboard photo frame

It’s been a while since I made something with cardboard, I almost forgot it was soo nice and fast!
Father’s day is coming, so it was the perfect opportunity to do something.

It took me about two hours to realize this project. The photo frame folds in the middle, in you want to put it away (but who wants to do that?). Thanks to the fold it stands on itself and is perfect to display on a desk or a console.

The pictures are slide in the frame, so it’s super easy to switch them if you like to.

I will put pictures of my kids in it and give it to my husband. It will make a cute father’s day’s present!

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How to make a photo frame with cardboard

Materials you will need for this handmade photo frame:

  • Cardboard (2mm and 0.5mm thickness),
  • 2 different papers (I used brown Skyvertex and beige tissue paper)
  • white glue
  • foam brush
  • pencil
  • ruler and square
  • cutter
  • scissors
It’s important to work with good quality papers when you do cardboard craft. What makes this DIY picture holder nice-looking is the faux leather paper, it comes in different colors.
Don’t mistake it with this one which is too thick for this project.

Here are pieces you have cut in the cardboard, A/B are made in 2mm cardboard and C/D in 0.5 mm cardboard.

1- Glue “A” pieces on the wrong side on skyvertex paper, rectangles must be parallel with a 0.8″ (2 cm) space between them. The paper should exceed rectangles around 0.8″ (2 cm)

2- Cut paper angles.

3- Fold paper flaps and glue them on cardboard. Cut an extra piece of paper and glue it on the center to fill the gap between rectangles to make the hinge to fold your photo frame.

4- Cut 2 rectangles on the beige paper of 7″ x 5.1″ (13cm x 18 cm)

5- Glue them on the inside of the frame.

6- What you must have at this point. You just finished the back of your photo frames.

To glue the paper nicely without bubbles, I spread the white glue with a brush and then I flatten the paper by hand. If you like making paper and cardboard craft, this simple tool is very handful and will help you to achieve better-finished projects.

7- Glue “D” pieces on the back of “B” pieces.

8- Cut 2 rectangles in the beige paper and glue them on the front.

9- Cut angles and the center. Fold and glue the flaps on the back. You now have 2 beige frames with a small ledge on the edges that will alow you to slide the photos into the frame.

10- Cover the “C” pieces with brown paper (wrong side together), and cut the angles.

11- Fold and glue the paper flaps. At this point, you must have 2 brown frames.

12- You now have to assemble the three pieces together. Lay the back part flat and glue the beige frames on it, one on each side of the fold. Leave free the hinge in the middle.
Then glue the brown frames on top of the beige frames, center them so your frame will look nice.

To be sure that all the parts are well glued together you can put them under a pile of books (or anything else heavy) to press all layers until the glue dries.

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Et voila! Folded and Opened!

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?

I hope you enjoyed this creative photo frame. Do you have any other idea to make photo frame you like to share?

I love to see your creations, so don’t hesitate to share your make in the comments or drop me an email at amaryllis(at)ohohdeco(dot)com.

how to make a cardboard photo frame

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How to make a cardboard photo frame



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Roxanne Craig-Clarke

Sunday 5th of August 2018

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


Sunday 6th of May 2018

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

Marsha Campbell

Friday 13th of April 2018

You mention A, B, C, etc, but have numbers on the drawings


Sunday 15th of April 2018

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.


Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

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

Ama Ryllis

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

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.

Dr Sonia S V

Wednesday 7th of May 2014

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