How to Make a Handmade Paper Picture Frame

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Handmade paper frames make attractive borders for pictures. Create a custom handmade paper frame using the following steps.

Step 1: Create a stencil
Select a piece of heavy cardstock that is larger than the picture you wish to frame. Trace the shape of the cardstock onto a cardboard or plastic sheet that is the same size as your mold and deckle, allowing for an extra inch on each side. Cut out the shape using your craft knife.

Step 2: Dip the stencil in a vat of pulp
Place the cardboard stencil between your mold and deckle. Dip the mold and deckle into the vat of paper pulp at a 45-degree angle and draw them toward you.

If you cannot find a mold and deckle at a crafts store, construct your own from two flat picture frames with a screen attached to one of them.

Step 3: Lift the stencil from the pulp
Raise the mold, deckle, and stencil to the surface in one continuous motion. Then remove them from the pulp. Allow the water to drain, shaking the mold and deckle from side to side.

Step 4: Remove the frame from the stencil
Remove the deckle and transfer the layer of pulp inside the stencil to a flat surface covered by a damp cloth by placing the mold upside down on the surface, tapping the screen several times, and then raising the mold up. Let the paper dry.

Step 5: Assemble the frame
Cut a window for the picture out of the paper frame with your craft knife, and then tape the picture to the back of the frame. Finally, tape the cardboard stock backing over the back of the frame.

Did You Know?
The picture frame was a late development in Western art, gaining popularity during the Renaissance in Europe.
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  1. thedbq
    March 31, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    what’s the point of making a paper picture frame if you ALREADY have a
    proper picture frame? disliked.

  2. Swaraj B
    March 31, 2015 at 3:12 am #

    D x the same time.

  3. Swaraj B
    March 31, 2015 at 3:32 am #


  4. Obot112
    March 31, 2015 at 4:16 am #

    what’s a fram?

  5. ballonguy15
    March 31, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    It cost more to buy the needed materials than to just buy a fram.

  6. stellarsmiles
    March 31, 2015 at 5:03 am #

    Cool!! 🙂

  7. Karlee Kizer
    March 31, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    @minlol4 fuck you dawg

  8. Obot112
    March 31, 2015 at 6:00 am #


  9. Kylie Tran
    March 31, 2015 at 6:46 am #

    That looks horibble…

  10. WAKE
    March 31, 2015 at 7:32 am #


  11. Sema Guler
    March 31, 2015 at 8:26 am #


  12. Obot112
    March 31, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    but it’s more fun and custom

  13. minlol4
    March 31, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    it’s not about how much it cost!! It’s about recycle and saving our planet!

  14. Raymond Ren
    March 31, 2015 at 10:29 am #


  15. Skate .Vlogs
    March 31, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    were can i get a flat surface

  16. mugglesnatcher
    March 31, 2015 at 11:36 am #


  17. RenGrayson
    March 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    attractive? …um… not. They should’ve tried a little harder to make it
    look “pretty.”

  18. 4ilegna4
    March 31, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    or just buy a picture frame from the dollar store…

  19. Mary Ella
    March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    @minlol4 and about making something by your own, things people are
    forgetting. Hey guys, obviously that looks HORRIBLE, it’s grey recycled
    paper, you gotta color it and use your goddammit hands -_-

  20. ballonguy15
    March 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    It cost more to buy the needed materials than to just buy a frame.