This picture frame is all made with cardboard and the mosaic is made with...eggshells!
I've always wished I could make mosaics but I never had the materials to do them so I thought that I could still do whatever I wanted recycling what I don't need anymore. 
Just like with all mosaics, you need a lot of patience, but the result is great and the feeling of satisfaction you get looking at it is worth the time and patience, believe me!

Step 1:

First of all you have to make the frame.

Take a piece of cardboard and draw a rectangle: you must consider how big the picture you will frame is. Mine is 13x18 cm (5.11 x 7.1 inches) so, adding 4 cm (1.57 inches) on every side for the frame, my rectangle is 21x26 cm (8.28 x 10.23 inches).

Cut the rectangle and make another identical one so you will have 2, one for the front frame and one for the back.

Take the first rectangle and draw a 13x18 one in the center counting 4 cm from each side. Depending how big your picture will be, your measures will be bigger/smaller. Once you have traced this last rectangle, cut it out and you will finally have your frame!
not bad!! I only had black spray paint but it worked :)<br>
<p>Wow, it's beautiful!! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing :)</p>
<p>Thank you for this Wonderful Idea. Its helps my Business Proposal :D So again, thank you :)</p>
<p>Oh I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you! :)</p>
<p>This is very creative and unique! Also, I love the colors!!</p>
<p>Thank you so much!! I'm glad you like it! :)</p>
<p>Beautiful! How you made the surface flat? Because the eggshells are convex, even is small pieces.<br>I imagine when you glue them on, they break. Did you use any finishing on the surface after glueing them up? Thank you. Tara</p>
<p>Thank you Tara! :) To make the surface flat I simply pressed on the eggshell pieces with my finger...it can never be perfectly flat, but almost! Plus the texture that comes out almost looks like leather so it's really nice.</p><p>For the finishing, I used a transparent varnish...I had the one that is also used for decoupage so I used that one :)</p>
i love this , is really easy to get hold of the things aswell great idea !xxx
Thank you so much!! :)
Wow.. hard to believe this is egg shell you're using! It kinda has that snake shin look.. :))
Yes, it really is! Somebody even told me that it looks like leather :D
This is so pretty. How to make the frame for it was a nice bonus and explained so well.
Oh thank you, this means so much to me! I am always afraid that I don't make myself clear.
Egg shell mosaic is beautiful...but yes...it takes time! i'm still doing a tray of mine :-/... <br>your frame is very pretty...well done!
Thank you! Now I can't wait to see your tray! Is it fully covered with mosaic?
Yes..it's supposed to be fully covered...but it's standing at 3/4 for a loooog time. <br>I made a basic black wooden tray...and I covered it with white shells...later I would use alcohol ink to stain it...same as my mosaic pendant tutorial :-) (it's shown on the side of your tutorial) hence I would not post a tutorial on it as it's the same...but as soon as I finish it I shall post a picture for you! (hopefully that would be soon and not next year!! haha)
Wow, it sounds really great, I am so looking forward to see it! I am thinking about making a clock with the same technique I used for the picture frame but there are still a few things I have to clarify in my mind...I will see...all I know is that I desperately need to start a new project now! :D
Who did you make it for? This is such a nice gift! Very nice work!
I made this for my aunt who loves handmade things :) I'm glad you like it!
This is soooooo pretty! i can't wait to make 1!!! great work linda :)
Thank you!! After all the beautiful things you created, I have a feeling that yours will be even better than mine! :D I am curious to see it!! :)
I love this! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, I am glad you like it!

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