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I have wanted to make a Friends peephole frame replica for years but there are so many replicas out there it was hard to find a picture of the original to work from. Eventually I found this web page


with high resolution picture of the real prop and dimensions in the description. It also says the frame is made from paper mache.

Thin corrugated cardboard
School Glue (PVA)
White paper towel
Bread tag or thin plastic
Acrylic paint. Two colours, yellow and slightly darker yellow.

Step 1: Step 1

Put Friends DVD in the DVD player and press play.

Step 2: Step 2

Print the template. 1:1 scale is the same size as the original. I chose to scale mine to about half size. Paste the image onto cardboard and paste rolled up strips of newspaper paper mache to the board following the shape of the printed template. Allow the frame to dry out completely. Be patient, sit back, relax. Order a Joey Special and watch Stevie.

Step 3: Step 3

Add two layers of paper towel paper mache to the front and allow to dry. Then trim the excess card from the outside and centre.

Step 4: Step 4

Cut a V shape into a bread tag as shown. Cut a recess into the cardboard on the back to fit the bread tag. This will become mounting point/bracket so that that the frame can hang on a nail. If you don't have a bread tag you can use a piece of yoghurt pot or a phalange.

Step 5: Step 5

Add another two or three layers of paper mache. Make sure you paper mache over the bread tag on the back. Allow to dry and cut out a small hole over the bread tag. You can sand the frame with some 220 grit sandpaper to remove the high points if needed.

Step 6: Step 6

Paint the entire frame with two or three layers of the darker yellow acrylic paint. Allow to dry and then lightly apply one coat of the lighter yellow paint to the raised areas. If you don't want it yellow you could paint it to match one of the 66 colours of your bedroooOOOmmm.

Step 7: Step 7

Hang your very own piece of fine Italian craftsmanship on a small nail and add some blue tack to the back of the frame so that it doesn't fall off when you close the door.

-Use watered down school glue (PVA) as paper mache paste. Paste containing flour goes mouldy if its not properly dried.
-Use a laser printer. Ink from an inkjet printer could run when it gets wet and you won't be able to see the template.
-If you choose to dry the frame in an oven (@ <200F, 90C) or with a hair dryer, tape the frame to a baking tray to stop it warping.
-The paper mache won't stick to the bread tag so put some spots of super glue around the edge to hold it down.
-In order to get the frame perfectly aligned over the peephole on you door, put a tiny drop of paint over the V cutout on the bead tag and press it into place on the door. Remove the frame and there will be a dot of paint exactly where you need to put the nail.
-Put a layer of tape on the back of the frame so that the blue tack doesn't damage the frame when you take it down and show your friends to make them jealous.

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<p>just got to let dry and spray paint! I made a huge one for a friends bridal shower. we are going to take pictures with it!</p>
<p>What a great idea for a present! Good job!</p>
<p>finished! It was a big hit, Thanks!!!</p>
<p>OKAY I NEED THIS..</p><p>But frig I need it by tomorrow. How difficult was this to make? I'd love to know the details. Throwing a bridal shower tomorrow with a Friends theme.</p>
I dunno that you can do it that quickly... it wasn't too difficult but takes time- especially when it was so big! Plus it took a couple days for the glue to dry and then I spray painted it yellow and that took another dayish to dry.
<p>Wow that looks awesome! Thank you for posting a pic</p>
<p>what kind of cardboard is that? Where did you get it? How think is it?</p>
This is how I'm using it now!!!
Once the paper towel dried it dried clear and i can still see the newspaper underneath!! Help. What do i do??
I was having a hard time getting the template because I was clicking the wrong link. I got confused when reading the instructions and clicked the bid page thats shows the dimensions of the frame but not the actual template. So I learned from my experience and wanted to help you guys locate the template pdf in case you were having trouble as well! Xoxo
<p>Can somebody post a link or something to the actual template that I can print out because the link that was posted says the web page is no longer available. Thanks.</p>
Hey idk if you already found it but here's the link: https://cdn.instructables.com/ORIG/F4A/G3Q1/HD4VLTQX/F4AG3Q1HD4VLTQX.pdf
<p>I have tried the link on many devises and it appears to work. All i can suggest is that you try on a different device.</p>
<p>nice! i mean i didn't make it, but i enjoyed looking at how you made it!</p><p>where did the inspiration come from? did you like look at your front door peephole or something? just curious :D</p>
<p>Hey, everyone. Thanks for the great tutorial and for all the tips shared in the comments. I am trying to do this, but I am not sure I made the rolled up strips of newspaper paper mache correctly. I am not sure they will hold up. How do you make the newspaper paper marche exactly? I've never worked with it. I am willing to start over if it is what it takes to have a good finished product.</p><p>Thanks again in advance.</p>
<p>Sorry for not replying sooner. I leanred all about paper mache from this man when i was a child.... brings back memories </p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUDVfIKDFnE</p>
<p>OMG. love it! It's been a while since you've posted this, but I was wondering if I u make them for people to but because I would buy it in an instant! </p>
<p>I don't make these for sale. If you want one I encourage you to make one for yourself. It will be even more special if you make it with your own hands.</p>
It didn't quite turn out how I intended-I opted for a flour/water papier-m&acirc;ch&eacute; mixture so the frame turned out a little thicker than I'd have liked, but not bad for my very first attempt at papier-m&acirc;ch&eacute;!
<p>Looks awesome!</p>
I like the serial friends
Can someone please post a link to the actual template so I can print it because when I click the link it tells me the page is no longer available. Thanks.
<p>It took me forever, but it's finally done! Thanks so much for the instructables! </p>
<p>Great job. You even have a purple door! I love it.</p><p>Thank you for posting</p>
I paint my door, I couldn't help it hahaha
<p>Hi, I have a question about step 3. What exactly is it that's shown as black on the first image? Is that the outline after you've cut the frame out? </p>
<p>Yes, its the parts that were left over once i had cut it out. I did this a while ago. i dont know why i put that picture in :) </p>
<p>I would like to buy it from you guys. I don't have place to do it for my wife and I would like to buy from you. who will sell it and send it to me? my mail is irakli.beruashvili@gmail.com please inform me if someone will sell it. </p>
<p>Find a place to make one for her. She will like it more than anything you could buy her :)</p>
<p>I made it and it turned out really nice Thank you! </p><p>Here is my journey on www.diaryofapmpmom.com</p>
<p>Great job! Very nice photographs. Thank you for posting the pictures</p>
<p>Hi! I was wondering if it's possible to make an extra large version of the <br>frame. I want it for my new youtube channel I'm going to start with my <br>girlfriend We think the frame would be perfect for it! I don't have the <br>exact measurements yet, however I listed an estimate below so you have a <br> ballpark of how big I was hopping to get it. Do you have any suggestions or tips on how I should go about doing this? Because to be honest I'm not very good with paper mache. lol</p><p>45x33 inches</p>
<p>I just made a large one for a party! (look in comments above for picture). If you want to know dimensions or how I did it, let me know! :)</p>
<p>Thats awesome. Mine is a bit larger then that. I feel stupid watching people do this in like 2 days where it takes me a lot planing and days to get even close to something descent. Im not that good with paper mache things. I use some wood that I attached together first to create a base frame. Because I want it to be real sturdy. But I am struggling to get an accurate and nice looking waves. Do you have any tips or tricks. </p><p>I am using glue mixed with a little water, I have not used the paper towels yet. Its really hard to get them to set when there soggy, ugh. Hope someone has a pointer or two.</p>
<p>Yes it can definitely be done! i would love to see it. For that size you might want to make it a few inches thick so it&rsquo;s strong. It will use a lot of newspaper but it can definitely be done. The bigger it is, the easier it is to make because the corner swirls aren't as tight. If you're not used to the paper mache you should practise by making just one of the corner swirls as a test piece. When you do the final one you&rsquo;ll be a pro.</p><p>A few people have said they had difficulty getting the swirls to stay in place.Their paper wasn't wet enough. Dont be afraid to really soak it with the paste and gently squeeze out the excess. Built up the layers and it will work.</p><p><br>Let me know your final dimension and the largest paper size you can fit in your printer and i will scale the template for you over multiple pages. All you&rsquo;ll need to do is print it, cut the borders off and stick em&rsquo; down to make a frame as big as you like.</p>
<p>Hi, I'm so glad I found your instruction. I'm a little confused in step 3, you said: &quot;Add two layers of paper towel paper mache to the front.&quot; So I know I can make paper mache from the tutorial video you posted on one of the comments, but what is &quot;paper towel paper mache&quot;? What does paper towel have to do here?</p><p>Thanks very much!</p>
Paper towel, kitchen roll, kitchen paper (big roll of tissue). They are all the same. It provides a smooth white surface to paint on rather then the wrinkly and dark newspaper.<br><br>Hope this helped
<p>Yeah but to be more specific, I guess first you put paper mache all over the newspaper &quot;skeleton&quot;, then put a layer of paper towel, then a layer of paper mache, then another layer of paper towel. Is that what you meant by &quot;two layers of paper towel paper mache&quot;?</p><p>Cheers!</p>
<p>Sorry i don't know what you mean. There isnt paper mache between the newspaper and the paper towel. They are the paper mache.</p><p>Perhaps we have different definitions of paper mache. In this case newspaper + watered down glue = newspaper paper mache. Paper towel + watered down glue = paper towel paper mache</p>
<p>could you tell me what your ratio of glue to water is for the mache paste? I'm at this stage, and just got the &quot;good&quot; paper towels. </p>
<p>4 parts glue, 1 part water should do it. It needs to be of a consistency somewhere between milk and cream. It doesn't have to be exact. This video shows it clearly</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-Uas0CAIal4" width="500"></iframe></p><p>Let me know if you need any more info. Please post a pic or your finished frame.</p>
<p>First layer of paper towels and it looks better already. </p>
<p>I was never known for my speed</p>
<p>Having a horrible time with the paper towel portion, I wish this tutorial was on YouTube, a video would be so handy</p>
<p>good idea! I will make a video one day</p>
I didn't manage to keep the newspaper on place, I was so frustrated, I ended putting the toilet paper into the glue-water mix and it became a weird paste, I used it as clay and it resulted in a little bumpy frame, I tried to fix it with more layers of toilet paper and layers and layers of paint. I really liked the result. Thanks for the tutorial. !!!!!!
<p>Great job! thanks for the pictures</p>
This is impossible! My swirls are just giant circles and i have no idea how to put the stupid paper towel on.
<p>It isn't impossible my friend I have pictures to prove it :) I am sure we can fix it. If you post a picture of you progress <em>I</em> can steer you in the right direction regarding the swirls..</p><p>The paper towel can be tricky. It is easier if you use good quality paper towel (less likely to tear Go Bounty!) and use a soft brush to push into all the small areas. i used a small and a large make-up brush.</p><p>Be sure to soak the paper towel well in the paste and take your time working it into shape. The first layers go on messy (look closely at step 3) but by step 5 its nice and smooth</p>

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