I made this one for a swap-bot swap that was about mosaic art, I tried to use as much scrap paper as possible. I'm really happy with the way it came out, it was quick and fun to make and real cheap and easy.
2 pieces of cardboard cut from a cardboard box. the pieces should be the same size and each of them should be the size of the final picture frame - cut them at the size of the picture plus 2 inch to each side and to the bottom and top.
Acrylic paint in a color of your choice
Elmer's glue (or any other glue - this is what I had)
Cool paper scraps - magazine clipping, wrapping paper, candy or food wrapper and labels, postcards or whatever you feel like using.
Craft or exacto knife
Pen or paints or markers if you want to
OK - Let's start!
Step 1: Cutting the Frame
The piece that would go in the front should have a hole that's smaller then the piece that would go in the back.
I mesured 2" on each side from the piece in the front and 1" on each side from the frame in the back.
Throw away the small rectangular that's left after cutting but keep the bigger one.
Step 2: Painting
Leave to dry.
Alternative - if you like the way cardboard looks, you can leave it like it is, or another option - use any paper you like and paste on the frame.
Step 3: Decorate
I used whole bunch of scrap papers to decorate the frame: Photos from a magazine, candy wrapper for the gold and metalic blue, pieces of origami paper and so on. Usually I wouldn't go so overboard with decoration, but I made this for a Mosaic swap and had to use some mosaic effect in it. I actually like how this came out and now I'm going to make one for myself.
If you want to try the same mosaic effect - Cut the paper scraps to tiny squares and paste them using the Elmer's glue one next to the other. use larger pieces for the corners.
I think that for such a rich decor, it's better to stick to one or two colors and use different shades of them, with too many colors this will go too messy.
Step 4: Glue!
Leave to dry (about 10 or 20 minutes)
Step 5: Insert Photo Here
I tried different thing, it's nice to match the colors of the image to the colors of the frame (or the other way around).
When you are done - use the rectangular piece of cardboard that you cut from the piece in the back to close the frame and hold the photo in place.
Step 6: Admire Your Handy Work
I'm surprise how well this came out and after finishing writing this instructable, I plan to start another one.
I want to try and make smaller ones and put a magnet in the back to hang on the refrigerator!