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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

http://bid.profilesinhistory.com/Monica-s-frame-around-the-door-from-Friends_i11535992

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

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

Step 1: Step 1

Picture of Step 1
Put Friends DVD in the DVD player and press play.
 
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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!

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english tea (author)  Otter yellow flower4 months ago

What a great idea for a present! Good job!

finished! It was a big hit, Thanks!!!

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english tea (author)  Otter yellow flower4 months ago

Wow that looks awesome! Thank you for posting a pic

kerry.mirielle made it!3 months ago
It didn't quite turn out how I intended-I opted for a flour/water papier-mâché mixture so the frame turned out a little thicker than I'd have liked, but not bad for my very first attempt at papier-mâché!
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egli676 months ago

Hi! I was wondering if it's possible to make an extra large version of the
frame. I want it for my new youtube channel I'm going to start with my
girlfriend We think the frame would be perfect for it! I don't have the
exact measurements yet, however I listed an estimate below so you have a
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

45x33 inches

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! :)

english tea (author)  egli676 months ago

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’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’ll be a pro.

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.


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’ll need to do is print it, cut the borders off and stick em’ down to make a frame as big as you like.

ThienN16 months ago

Hi, I'm so glad I found your instruction. I'm a little confused in step 3, you said: "Add two layers of paper towel paper mache to the front." So I know I can make paper mache from the tutorial video you posted on one of the comments, but what is "paper towel paper mache"? What does paper towel have to do here?

Thanks very much!

english tea (author)  ThienN16 months ago
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.

Hope this helped

Yeah but to be more specific, I guess first you put paper mache all over the newspaper "skeleton", 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 "two layers of paper towel paper mache"?

Cheers!

english tea (author)  ThienN16 months ago

Sorry i don't know what you mean. There isnt paper mache between the newspaper and the paper towel. They are the paper mache.

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

JaneN27 months ago

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!

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 "good" paper towels.

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english tea (author)  pdearolf mallett7 months ago

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

Let me know if you need any more info. Please post a pic or your finished frame.

First layer of paper towels and it looks better already.

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I was never known for my speed

Having a horrible time with the paper towel portion, I wish this tutorial was on YouTube, a video would be so handy

english tea (author)  emondphotography8 months ago

good idea! I will make a video one day

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.

Thanks again in advance.

VR-Citrux1 year ago
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. !!!!!!
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english tea (author)  VR-Citrux1 year ago

Great job! thanks for the pictures

This is impossible! My swirls are just giant circles and i have no idea how to put the stupid paper towel on.
english tea (author)  heyheyHEEEEEY1 year ago

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 I can steer you in the right direction regarding the swirls..

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.

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

jlapri, could you show us a picture of the frame has finished?
jlapri2 years ago
Love this, I have made two already! Just a little tip when getting the swirls to hold, try gently poking straight pins into the cardboard base around the swirls to hold them while they dry!
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english tea (author)  jlapri2 years ago
Looks awesome. Post a pic of a finished one, I'd love to see it.
rachl0092 years ago
this is great!
Loved this!
nrkane552 years ago
Is there a trick to doing the newspaper base? I'm having a little trouble getting the swirls to hold. Then when doing the paper towel mache...did you cut the paper towel into strips first?
Thank you
english tea (author)  nrkane552 years ago
yes the swirls can be tricky.
I soaked the newspaper heavily in the watered down glue paste so its really floppy. Then i wrapped the swirl around my finger to make it into a curl. Then I laid out the swirl on the on the template and pushed it into place squeezing out the excess paste. I had some toothpicks ready to stick through the newspaper and cardboard base to keep the swirls in place while it dried but i didn't need them. Perhaps toothpicks would help?

The newspaper layer doesn't have to be perfect. When you put the paper towel layer on it soaks through to the newspaper a bit so you can mold it a little better.
Yes i cut the paper towel into strips about 1" x 3" and used a brush to push it into all the cracks.

Hope this helps and that I've explained it effectively. Enjoy :)
sunshiine2 years ago
Clever and cool!
Very cool! Yours is so much more awesome than that $42,500 one too!
english tea (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Do you think they will want to swap? :)
StoryAddict2 years ago
I love this. I'm going to make one for my sisters as birthday gifts this year if I can manage it. I know that we all appreciate the first step in particular for background while working :)
english tea (author)  StoryAddict2 years ago
Sometimes I think Friends is the background to my life :)
English Tea: My compliments to you for the superb idea of embedding a bread wrapper clip to strengthen the mounting point for hanging this on a nail. Excellent!
english tea (author)  DIY-Guy2 years ago
Thank you. I have been collecting bread tags for months thinking they would be useful for something. 1 down, 50 to go :)
elewis032 years ago
This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. Also, the Friends references were a nice touch.
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