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Upcycled Paper Photo Frame

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-DayThe colorful (or black-and-white) pages from your Page-A-Day® calendars are so well-designed that you may want to keep them, even after the calendar year is over. This "Paper's On a Roll Photo Frame" project is featured in Paper Made: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper.

View our other upcycled Page-A-Day DIY paper crafts:

What you need:

  • Last year's calendar
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife and self-healing cutting mat
  • Tacky Glue (we prefer Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue from ilovetocreate.com
  • Noncorrugated cardboard, enough for a 10" and a 6 1/2" square
  • Wood glue

Materials:

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

 

Directions:

1) Take the calendar pages and cut them lengthwise (top to bottom of the page) into ninety-six 3 1⁄2"-wide strips.

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

2) Take one strip and wrap the end around the pencil. Brush a small bit of white glue onto the paper and roll again, securing the paper to itself.

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

3) Tightly roll the paper toward the opposite end, applying a small amount of glue every two or three rolls to secure. At the end, spread glue onto the tip of the strip and press it to the roll to seal it.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make ninety-five more rolls. Set them aside.

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

5) Use the craft knife to cut one 10" square and one 6 1⁄2" square from the noncorrugated cardboard.

6) Use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark a 4" square in the center of the 10" square. Use the craft knife to cut out the 4" square to make the frame.

7) To cover the frame, line up four or more calendar pages to make a 11" layer with no gaps.

8) Brush one side of the frame with white glue, and center and press it onto the calendar pages you've laid on top of the frame.

9) Use the craft knife to miter each corner of the calendar pages at a 45-degree angle and remove the triangles of paper. Then cut an X into the paper at the center of the frame.

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

10) Brush the visible edges of the calendar pages with glue. Fold the paper around the edge of the cardboard, and press to stick.

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

11) Cut a 10" square sheet of paper from the calendar pages (again, you may need to piece two or more pages together). Cut out a 4" square from the middle, as in step 6. Brush the back of the frame with white glue, and center and press it onto the paper sheet. Let dry.

Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day Upcycled Recycled Paper Craft Photo Frame Project - Page-A-Day

12) Cut out two 6 1⁄2" square sheets of calendar pages. Brush the 6 1⁄2" cardboard square with glue, one side at a time, and center and press the sheets onto the square to cover it. Let dry.

13) Squeeze a line of glue along three edges of one side of the square. Center and press it onto the back of the frame. (This is the pocket where a photo or small print will slide into the frame.) Let dry.

14) Squeeze a thin line of white glue along the seam of one of the rolls from step 2 and attach it horizontally to the top left front of the frame. Repeat, working clockwise around the frame horizontally and vertically.

Paper Made 101 Exceptional ProjectsAbout Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper:

Announcing the biggest, best, most innovative book ever on paper craft. Even better, this is not about how to use costly, artsy paper, but how to turn stuff around the house—magazines and shopping bags, candy wrappers and paint sample cards, wrapping paper, old maps, and paper towel tubes—into stunning jewelry, gifts, home de´cor, party favors, and much more.

 

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