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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gthomas184 months ago
Never thought about this wavy aspect if cardboard! Cool!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  gthomas183 months ago

Thank you so much :)

jstreets6 months ago
love it!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  jstreets3 months ago

Thank you:)

being human9 months ago
congratulations...ur work iz awsom,,
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  being human9 months ago
Thank you so much :)
antoniraj9 months ago
Congratulations... you are a winner
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  antoniraj9 months ago
Thank you good Sir.
Congratulations! you deserve the win, awesome work!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz9 months ago
Thank you so much Muhaiminah :) for all your support & appreciation.
shazni9 months ago
Congratulations on your win! I'm sure your dad is very proud of too of course :-)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni9 months 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.
artworker9 months ago
Congrats dude for the win!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  artworker9 months ago
Thank you so much dude :[)
786Ayesha9 months 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)  786Ayesha9 months 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
I am sure you will love it.
SlickSqueegie9 months ago
Very creative and cool. Nice work and congrats!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  SlickSqueegie9 months ago
Thank you so much :), congrats to you too :[)
HollyMann9 months 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)  HollyMann9 months 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.
HollyMann9 months 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)  HollyMann9 months ago
Thank you so much Holly :), I will be honest, I missed you comments here :)
bajablue10 months ago
Faved! Love this!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  bajablue10 months ago
Many Thanks Bajablue :)
Words can't be enough to describe your creativity! excellent work. Voted!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz10 months ago
Thank you so much Muhaiminah :), Thank you for taking time to visit during your studies.
cjraabe10 months 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)  cjraabe10 months ago
Gratitude :). Please do let me know should you need any help. Thank you for your interest.
annieannie10 months 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)  annieannie10 months ago
I feel so rewarded that I have made you feel this way :). Thank you so much.
kdavidson810 months 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)  kdavidson810 months ago
Thank you so much :). I hope this ible should be able to help you with new cardboard adventures :)
askjerry10 months 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)  askjerry10 months ago
Jerry your appreciation is a reward in itself :) Thank you so much for valuing my work.
babybayrs10 months ago
You are so talented, you got my votes for all the contests! Thanks for sharing.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  babybayrs10 months ago
Thank you so much babybayrs :), you are so kind.
gyzmo6410 months ago
Grande por tu talento, te felicito y agradezco el que lo compartas
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  gyzmo6410 months ago
Gracias, buen señor :)
blissful201510 months ago
gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!
thank you tarun =)
did i say gorgeous???
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  blissful201510 months ago
Thank you so much dear friend :]

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