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Designer cardboard photo frames, a mega tutorial

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Namaste Friends & Happy Father's Day,
 
I love collage in any form, be it photos or photo frames. When I was a in school I spent my two months pocket money buying all those magazine which featured the Miss World of that time Aishwarya Rai (now a famous international actress) because I wanted to make a collage of her pictures. Oh... the sweet teen age, driven by pure madness :).  Since then collages have been my favorite thing to do with pictures (I did one of Arnold Schwarzenegger (I'll be back:D)  too).

I have been observing a trend of photo frame collages in interior design these days and I always wanted to have photo frame collage wall in my home. I had tons of Ideas for collage photo frame walls, but what could be more better than DIYing all those frames.

I was sure of one thing that I want to give a theme to those photo frames. I had lots of cardboard in my home (I started keeping cardboard even since I created my first cardboard project, a lamp), and I realized that I can use this to create photo frames, frames that demonstrate the beauty of corrugated board. Father's day was also near by so I thought I would use these frames for my childhood photos featuring my parents, My father loved his gift :).

There are cardboard artists who beautifully create corrugated portraits, they are my inspiration for this design. This ible is a work of almost 4 weeks, I am going to show you various methods & tricks on designing with corrugated board with every possible detail I figured out while I learned and created these designer frames. 

In short this ible is my research, learning & outcome about corrugated design.

I have divided this instructable into following sections to explain better. If you think this is a long ible but if you choose to read it, I promise you won't regret. However feel free to jump to any step you wish.
  1. Cardboard or corrugated board
  2. Preparing for corrugated design
  3. Your corrugated design apparatus
  4. First Frame
  5. Designing your first frame
  6. Black Beauty
  7. Playing with rings
  8. Some geometry
  9. Best of waste
  10. Randomness at design
  11. What's more...
Lets make some designer photo frames :]

This instructable is dedicated to my loving Father, my Hero.
 
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Hi Tarun,

I've been following iBles for years now. Today I stumbled upon your profile - I think it was the featured author contest. Your passion for corrugated boards is unmatched man! It's fascinating to see the photos and techniques you have shared. Thank you very much. It is very inspiring. I also think I've reached the same stage as you when corporate life has started getting to me and my old handicraft skills are beckoning. Strongly :)

Congrats on being the first countryman to be 'featured'. Again many thanks for the detailed explanations peppered with light-hearted quips. I made an account today just to thank you for sharing your techniques.

Will be sure to let you know when I come up with something. Rock on, brother!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  hardlydavidson1 month ago

I can not tell you how happy I have become to read your comment :). Thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation, it means a lot to me. I'm glad you liked my style.

I would love to see your creations here and it would be really great if you can post something for my contest.

Again , thanks for motivation :)

Hey Tarun, Guess what. I've followed up the flowery words with concrete action :) No I didn't crush the flower, I actually made my first instructible and posted to your contest. It's not showing up yet so I'm not sure when to start breathing. Do check it out and let me know what you think. After the contest of course. Hahah! Last thing I want is to be known is for influencing judges. Thanks for the inspiration man. I had good fun doing it.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  hardlydavidson21 days ago

Awesome!!!! :). So happy to know that.

You are amazing! Namaste xx

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  DizzyDeeCrafts1 month ago

Namaste :) . Thank you for your kinds words :)

gthomas187 months ago
Never thought about this wavy aspect if cardboard! Cool!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  gthomas186 months ago

Thank you so much :)

jstreets10 months ago
love it!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  jstreets6 months ago

Thank you:)

congratulations...ur work iz awsom,,
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  being human1 year ago
Thank you so much :)
antoniraj1 year ago
Congratulations... you are a winner
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  antoniraj1 year ago
Thank you good Sir.
Congratulations! you deserve the win, awesome work!
Thank you so much Muhaiminah :) for all your support & appreciation.
shazni1 year ago
Congratulations on your win! I'm sure your dad is very proud of you...mom too of course :-)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thank you so much Shazni :). Due to my out-station job, It took me 8 years to do this for him :(. This Father's day I really made my dad & mom very happy :).
I am very happy about it.
artworker1 year ago
Congrats dude for the win!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  artworker1 year ago
Thank you so much dude :[)
786Ayesha1 year ago
Very creative work.Can't believe that these are from cardboard.Sorry it took me awhile to see this.I am on holidays travelling since mid June.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago
Thank you so much for taking time from your vacations:), there is nothing to be sorry, we all have priorities. Please check this out as well
http://www.instructables.com/id/Cardboard-Jewelry-A-full-set/
I am sure you will love it.
Very creative and cool. Nice work and congrats!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  SlickSqueegie1 year ago
Thank you so much :), congrats to you too :[)
HollyMann1 year ago
My favorite one is the triangular one - I love your style! :) Looks amazing> I also love the one with the circles. They all look great though! It would have been too boring if they were all similar.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
The triangular one is the one I made last, therefore it resulted in finish and perfection :). You will not believe if I tell you that I have at least five more designs in my mind all unique :) I hope to add them too, just gotta find some time.
Thank you so much :), your comments means a lot me.
HollyMann1 year ago
Wow great job Tarun - sorry it took me so long to see this!!! :) WOW!!! The frames look really nice> I love all the differing styles. Very unique and creative!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you so much Holly :), I will be honest, I missed you comments here :)
bajablue1 year ago
Faved! Love this!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Many Thanks Bajablue :)
Words can't be enough to describe your creativity! excellent work. Voted!
Thank you so much Muhaiminah :), Thank you for taking time to visit during your studies.
cjraabe1 year ago
Wonderful! I want to try this. And I WILL vote for you (I've never voted for anything on this site!)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  cjraabe1 year ago
Gratitude :). Please do let me know should you need any help. Thank you for your interest.
annieannie1 year ago
I think I know everything I will need to know about cardboard for the rest of my life :) This was a fantastic, well thought out and informational Instructable! Thank you so much for your hard work!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  annieannie1 year ago
I feel so rewarded that I have made you feel this way :). Thank you so much.
kdavidson81 year ago
I adore working with cardboard! I had never heard of making these great frames. Thanks for all the info, and I can't wait to try these for myself.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  kdavidson81 year ago
Thank you so much :). I hope this ible should be able to help you with new cardboard adventures :)
askjerry1 year ago
This is a true instruct able!

Very well written, high on detail, very enjoyable to read, and very creative.

Thank you!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  askjerry1 year ago
Jerry your appreciation is a reward in itself :) Thank you so much for valuing my work.
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