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Upcycled Rolled Paper Frame!

This frame is visually stunning with lots of texture and pops of color!

However...it's menace runs deeper.

It was the most tedious and time consuming project

I've ever wrangled my kids into doing.

It all started like this.

I had been planning this craft for a while...and my husband was out of town,

so it seemed like a good time to catch up on projects.

My nearly 12 year old son said "hey mom, can I play Diablo?"

and I said "Yes, but help me with this project first".

Famous last words.

I similarly convinced my 10 year old daughter to play along as well...

so we had the whole crafty family working together.

Minus the 5 year old who was in and out and playing his heart out. (lucky devil)

We begun this escapade at 4:02 pm...

and finished with the last shutter click at 8:49 pm.

Completely SKIPPING dinner!

No worries, we had Marshmallow Mateys at 9:00 pm.

(Note: I would not do this again)

But we made it through all of:

Barbie the Island Princess

Brave

Frozen

and part way into Wreck it Ralph.

for this:

 
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Step 1: Supplies List!

Picture of Supplies List!
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You will need:

Paper

(It's a great way to recycle old magazines, paper the kids brought home from school...or junk mail!
We also added some Astrobrights Paper in there for some bright pops of color.)

Wooden frame

(upcycle one you have on hand, or get one to refinish at the craft store..my advice: think small!)

Paper cutter

(you could use scissors...but that would make this project suck even more)

Tape roller

(you could use glue...but that would make this project suck even more)

Either a quilling tool or a toothpick

(just something to roll the paper around)

Hot glue/gun

Paint/spray paint for the frame

Time....lots of it.

and movies to play in the background...or an audio book!

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Kimmono16 days ago

Although I can see how tedious this is, I'm totally doing it. We'll
break it up over several evenings, as it will keep our hands busy while
watching Chopped (my 7yr old's fav show) AND it will curb the desire to raid the fridge & pantry for odd snack ingredients!
(Food Network at night = serious snack attacks) I'm thinking we'll have
several beautiful hand-made frames to give to the family by Christmas,
and hopefully I'll be a few pounds lighter too. Lol!

My only concern is that the rolls will unravel while in wait...I feel like our approach would require some pretty strong adhesive to keep them together. Anyone have suggestions?

Hvents418 days ago

This is adorable and a must-have for my dorm room! Also, I love the idea of the recycled paper--makes me feel so eco-friendly! But, did you use scissors for all of that? I feel like my hand would die. I was thinking about using a paper cutter, something like one of these http://www.monomachines.com/shop/paper-handling-eq... to make it easier and faster.

Idea is so cute! Thanks for a great instructable.

gthomas181 month ago
Definitely worth it!!

Beautiful rolls!! love the pic frame...I have all that i need to do this project....now to find the time. thanks for the instructions.

acaig5 months ago
I'm going to try and make one of these and I have an acrylic drill (manicure one) I will try using that as the blank head is slotted like a quill tool
Herawanti7 months ago

thank you...thats a good idea :)

fluffy5260111 months ago
That looks great I would love to try this!

Wow. They look amazing !

I love it!! Unfortunately I know how long rolling paper takes haha but your result is totally worth it!

doodlecraft (author)  lindarose921 year ago

Thank you! Yes, I have seen some of your quilling work and am amazed! You are so crafty and fun! :)

Oh thank you!! :)

sunshiine1 year ago

I totally understand LOL. My daughter and I made a few projects like this when I was visiting her. We watched Netflix! Well worth the effort though; the frame is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

sunshiine

doodlecraft (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thanks Sunshiine! Yes, it is fun family bonding time. We had lots of time to talk and communicate with each other...not just dedicated screen time. I love multi-tasking...my poor kids are going to have a hard time ever just sitting and watching a movie! Haha! :)

Wow! love the frame, especially the colors! You guys have done a wonderful work! This is totally on my to-do list ^_^ will vote for sure as soon as it gets accepted :)

doodlecraft (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago

Thank you! It means a lot coming from someone as crafty and creative as you! :)

nkohlheim1 year ago

i'm definetly doing this!i love those things where you sometimes just want to throw it at the wall ^^

doodlecraft (author)  nkohlheim1 year ago

Haha--yep! Sometimes I don't know why we put ourselves through projects like this. But my kids are so proud of it...they worked hard and want to show off their accomplishments. Glad we made it through! :)

jslarve1 year ago

Looks pretty dang neat. Something you could stare at for a while. I bet a shadowbox type of case would be good to put that in so your work of art doesn't become a dust magnet. If the case had internal lighting in strategic spots to accent the depth, that would be cool too.

doodlecraft (author)  jslarve1 year ago

Oh yes, a shadow box is a good idea...I want this to last forever! The idea of lights is awesome too...hmm...thank you! :)

BigRed19731 year ago

Love the colors, but even more, love the story of you and the kids slogging away!!! It does my heart good.......Thanks for sharing!

doodlecraft (author)  BigRed19731 year ago

Thank you! My kids are troopers! All in the name of crafting! :)

agis681 year ago

Always iam saying how I admire people with creativ mind.......iam one of those but in electronics and make stuff but, Paper constructions is something I amaze....

thanks....i will try it....

PS....All voted.....well done!!!

doodlecraft (author)  agis681 year ago

Thank you! I totally admire creative minds in electronics! I am not one of them! :)

I do a lot of paper work and admire your whole crew for making it through! The result is fabulous. Maybe we will do one of these instead of playing board games one cold, dark, winter evening. I do not know how you could consider ANYTHING but another photo of your terrific kids for this frame!

doodlecraft (author)  KookyKreations1 year ago

Thank you--and you are right...it needs a pic of my little kiddos! :)

stefana1 year ago
Love the quill frame. Hope to try with grandchildren.
doodlecraft (author)  stefana1 year ago

Thank you and good luck on yours! :)

Great project!! I would love to give this a try. I doubt if I would try to complete it in one session. I would just coils here and there until I had enough to assemble my project. A great way to use the junk mail and catalogs...

I think that is the best way to approach this...a couple coils a day or so...don't undertake this thing all in one night. Thank you! :)

Satabra21 year ago

This totally rocks! I love it and am going to try it with my daughter very soon. Thanks for the beautiful idea, great photos and fun instructions!

doodlecraft (author)  Satabra21 year ago

Thank you! I am glad if you are brave enough to try this yourself! You have been warned. haha! :)

grapenut1 year ago

LOoks great; love your candor and humor ;)

doodlecraft (author)  grapenut1 year ago

Thanks grapenut! :)

hohum1 year ago

very nice, i'd like to make a suggestion for the next time,

consider using a 3/8'' variable speed drill, set at the lowest speed

chuck a 3/16'' rod, 1 1/2'' long, using some plumbers tape, affix the drill to a piece of 3/4'' plywood, making sure that the trigger stop is up, wire up a wall switch to a socket, to turn the drill off/on, set the drill to the lowest setting, depress the trigger, locking in place,

tape the first strip, then hot glue as you go

switch to on, and twill away, switch off, remove twill, load another, sw on, twill, sw off remove, and over and over...

could have the smallest kid man the switch, paint the 'on' with green, the stop wi red paint

one kid cutting

you do the twilling/machine

one kid on the hot glue

i can see this for a wedding frame, in white beige, creme yellow,,if you cut one edge in a long 'bump', when you finish the twill, then bend over the 'bumps' to give a 'twilled rose' look..

good looking frame..

doodlecraft (author)  hohum1 year ago

I love your suggestion! Why didn't I have my drill out...darn! Now I WANT to try it again, just to see how much faster it is with power! Thank you! :)

Love this!! Will definitely try this.. Love the way the story was told. It helps to maintain a sense of humor during these attempts with kids. Thank you

doodlecraft (author)  alleyoop19531 year ago

Awesome that you are brave enough to try this too! Haha! Thank you!

ymasullo1 year ago

The project is really very nice, but your personality is what really came through! Love people who say it like it is. Great job.

doodlecraft (author)  ymasullo1 year ago

Oh thank you! :)

Creative and colorful !

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