Introduction: Friends Peephole Frame

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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 a high resolution picture of the real prop and accurate dimensions. I also confirmed the original prop was 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

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Put Friends DVD in the DVD player and press play.

Step 2: Step 2

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Print the template. 1:1 scale is the same size as the original.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Otter yellow flower (author)2015-04-12

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!

What a great idea for a present! Good job!

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

It looks awesome!!!


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.

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.

Wow that looks awesome! Thank you for posting a pic

OMG hello, this is what I am looking for. I need to make a huge one like the one you did for my daughters birthday. Can I please please contact you I need direction on how to accomplish this.

what kind of cardboard is that? Where did you get it? How think is it?

ClaudiaF36 made it! (author)2017-05-13

Thank your for your help with this. Here is what I was able to make.

That looks great! Way to go! Your daughter is going to love it!??

ClaudiaF36 (author)2017-05-09

This is what I have so far! Letting it dry overnight and hoping to paint it soon!

That looks good! You made yours a little thinner than mine but still super fun! I think mine dried for a complete 24 hours before it was ready to spray paint. Just make sure it's not damp at all before you add the color.

Thank you for all of your help. So since I made them thinner do you think they will hold? I put the cardboard outside in the sun this morning to see if it dries out quicker lol.

It'll probably be great! I mean mine is not extremely durable so you'll just need to be careful anyway. Did you get it painted?

Yup, I did yesterday and finished cutting the cardboard out today. Let me show you. Thank you so so much for your help.

Igloo Studio (author)ClaudiaF362017-05-13

That looks great Claudia. Sorry I didn't get your messages sooner. Looks like Otter yellow flower provided some great advise. How did it turn out?

ClaudiaF36 (author)Igloo Studio2017-05-13

No problem I am done! Finished it today. I will post the picture. Thank you ?

Andréa VictoriaA made it! (author)2016-02-18

It took me forever, but it's finally done! Thanks so much for the instructables!

Great job. You even have a purple door! I love it.

Thank you for posting

I paint my door, I couldn't help it hahaha

That's awesome! I couldn't do that. I was renting :(

samoneal3 (author)2016-05-18

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.

Igloo Studio (author)samoneal32017-05-13

sara_101 (author)2016-12-28

nice! i mean i didn't make it, but i enjoyed looking at how you made it!

where did the inspiration come from? did you like look at your front door peephole or something? just curious :D

Igloo Studio (author)sara_1012017-05-13

I wanted to make one for as long as I can remember. I always thought it was really cool whenever I saw it on the the show. I visited Warner Brothers Studios in Hollywood and hoped to get a picture of the really thing but it wasn't there. They had a smaller plaster version but i couldn't get close to it. I did sit on the Friends couch in Central Perk though :) One day I found a great high resolution reference photograph of the real prop online and got to work making my own the same day.

JessicaZ30 (author)2017-03-20

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

Igloo Studio (author)JessicaZ302017-05-13

Thank you for posting this Jessica. You are not the only person to have difficulty with this. I will remove the link to the bid page. It doesn't make sense to have it there anyway :)

JessicaZ30 (author)2017-04-01

Once the paper towel dried it dried clear and i can still see the newspaper underneath!! Help. What do i do??

Igloo Studio (author)JessicaZ302017-05-13

Your paper towel might have been thinner than mine. Just keep adding more layers until its nice and white all around. It will only make it stronger. The white layer acts as a kind of "primer" so that the surface is uniform and you don't see the newspaper through the paint. You could also just add a layer of white paint or more layers of yellow paint.

Otter yellow flower (author)2017-04-21

This is how I'm using it now!!!

Love it!

samoneal3 (author)2016-05-18

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.

JessicaZ30 (author)samoneal32017-03-20

Hey idk if you already found it but here's the link:

Igloo Studio (author)samoneal32016-09-04

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.

mariana.coelho.1983 (author)2014-10-03

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.

Sorry for not replying sooner. I leanred all about paper mache from this man when i was a child.... brings back memories

JaneN2 (author)2015-01-28

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!

Igloo Studio (author)JaneN22016-09-04

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.

kerry.mirielle made it! (author)2015-05-05

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!

Looks awesome!

Simran Sharma (author)2016-08-19

I like the serial friends

AndreaN24 (author)2015-12-15

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?

Igloo Studio (author)AndreaN242015-12-16

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 :)

IrakliB1 (author)2015-12-02

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 please inform me if someone will sell it.

Igloo Studio (author)IrakliB12015-12-05

Find a place to make one for her. She will like it more than anything you could buy her :)

diaryofapmpmom made it! (author)2015-10-27

I made it and it turned out really nice Thank you!

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Great job! Very nice photographs. Thank you for posting the pictures

egli67 (author)2015-02-03

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! :)

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