Perhaps you want to frame your lovely artwork or a picture of family members. Maybe you're thinking of sending Grandma a framed picture of her amazing grandson/granddaughter. Any way, you're going to need a picture frame, and here's how you can make your own for next to nothing. 

Note: You could also adapt this method to make a shadow box for dioramas. (Read on to learn more... )

Step 1: Materials

What you'll need: 
  • cardboard -- thick is better but thin will work (Recycle a cereal box!)
  • transparent plastic (You could savage some from many sources such as old binders (the front plastic cover part), binder sheet protectors, and plastic takeout containers. Otherwise, this is the perfect excuse to buy some of those cookies/cakes that come with a transparent plastic container...)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • picture/other object to frame OR stuff for a shadow box

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