Easy Paper DIY Picture Frames

Easy Paper DIY Picture Frames
Easy Paper DIY Picture Frames
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From the blogger: "We have recently inherited some of my husband's childhood "things", including a stash of his elementary school report cards. While some of these goodies have been easier to slip into the recycling bin, I just couldn't let go of these report cards. Using some simple picture frames, I cut and pasted these 30-some year old report cards onto the frames that I now plan to use for our kids school and class photos. Now that's upcycling!"

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



Materials List

  • Photo frames
  • Mod Podge with brush
  • Craft paints with brush
  • Ruler and scissors

DIY Project Instructions

  1. If the school papers you are using are light colored and the frames are dark, you will want to paint the frames white.

  2. If desired, add a pop of colored paint to the sides of the frame.

  3. Measure the width and height of the sides of the frame. Cut school papers accordingly.

  4. Apply Mod Podge to one side of the frame, apply the strip of paper and proceed to the next side. Layer the corners.

  5. Once dry, insert a photo or inspirational quote.

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This is such a cool idea! I often upcycle old stuff or decorate old frames I already have to display funky, unique photos or artwork, but upcycling to create picture frames themselves? A very cool idea, indeed! I think one variation I will be trying out with this next project will be using calligraphy and fine-point paint pens all along the borders of the frames after they are done, to write inspirational messages along the frames themselves.

This is an interesting idea! I think it would work well with a wider frame so you could see more of what the document is, and you could also just frame one of the older ones for a bit of nostalgia for its own sake! Just select one perhaps, the oldest or best one. I have my old report cards and they are a mixed memory, but they are pretty old too, so a different perspective on how things were recorded. Clever and fun idea, thank you for shading!


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