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How To Make A Custom Picture Frame (for a Star Wars Picture)

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It's easy to make a customer picture frame bezel using matboard (that thick picture framing bezel board) and a laser cutter.  This will create a much presentable souvenir for your Star Wars (or other themed) photo opportunity.

I made it at TechShop. So, I had access to laser cutters and other cool tools.
http://www.techshop.ws/

See my video for the steps in action.




 
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Step 1: Materials

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You'll need the following materials and tools to get started:

* Picture: I got a souvenir picture from the DisneyWorld ‘Star Tours’ (Star Wars) ride.  It was about 8x9 inches.
* Frame: Measure your picture and get a frame that allows for 1-½ to 2 inches of bezel around your visible photo. This will allow room for the design. (Tip: hobby/craft stores always have sales and coupons!)
* Matboard: Thick paper/cardstock used in picture framing.  Get the same size or larger as your picture frame.  Also, found at the big hobby/craft stores (e.g., Michael's, Hobby Lobby).
* Laser cutter
* Computer with Vector Drawing/Design Software (e.g., Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator)
* Themed vector artwork - in my case I’m using Star Wars and DinseyWorld artwork