DIY Color-block Picture Frame




Introduction: DIY Color-block Picture Frame

This instructable will show you how to make a simple, colorful frame that you can create with minimal mess and minimal hassles. All you really need for this is some sort of frame-shaped object. I found this old wooden box at work and repurposed it, but you can create the base frame just as easily with the lid of a shoe box, gift box, or any other box lid that has four raised sides.

The breakdown of the instructable will be:

1. Prepping the frame

2. Creating the color-block pattern.

3. Finishing the look.

List of materials:

  • box for frame (see above text for specifics)
  • assorted colors of construction paper
  • glue stick
  • sticky tack
  • tape
  • colored pencils/markers/sharpies
  • art robot

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Step 1: Prepping the Frame

This is the easiest step.

For whatever frame you end up using, this will be the step where you need to clear it out.

I took out the dividers in my own frame, wiped the frame down with a wet cloth, and then let it dry to make sure the glue would stick when applied.

*Note: If you are using a cardboard or paper box lid, use this opportunity to spray paint a couple coats and allow it to dry as you gather your other supplies.

The other part of this step is to choose the 4-5 colors that you will be using in the next step to actually create your color-block pattern.

*Note: The nice part about the pattern is that you can customize it or change it however you want, basing it off of the size of the frame. I will be providing details based off of frame.

Step 2: Creating the Color-block Pattern (Section 2, Part A)

To set the first part of your color-block pattern, simply take your first sheet of paper (my first color was light-blue) and your glue stick.

Take the piece of paper and fold it in half, creating a crease. Fold the paper along the crease until it can be split in half easily.

Apply glue generously to the back of one of the halves of paper and set it in the top right portion of the frame with the shortest part toward the top.

Flatten down the construction paper to push out any air bubbles, and to make sure the sheet is flush with the edges of the frame.

Step 3: Creating the Color-block Pattern (Section 2, Part B)

This step is even more simple than the last.

Take the full sheet of paper and generously apply glue to the back of the sheet.

Quickly place the sheet in the bottom right corner of the frame. This will cover a portion of the first color you placed.

Step 4: Creating the Color-block Pattern (Section 2, Part C&D)

For sake of space, the next colors will be compiled into this step.

Take your remaining colors and, using the folding tactic from Part A, fold one of the colors in half and split it into two pieces.

Take the full piece of paper (green for me) and apply glue to the back. Place this full sheet in the bottom left of the frame, so the longer side of it covers the color from the previous step. (Repeat this but with the fourth sheet of paper, placing it in the top left of the frame if you are using 5 colors-- pink in mine).

Using your last piece, the one that has been split (white for me), apply glue and then paste it along the top of the frame, as close to the middle as you can get. As with the rest of the pieces, make sure to flatten each sheet to get rid of any air bubbles.

Step 5: (Optional) Add a Graphic on Top of the Color-block

For my frame, I chose to add a graphic on top of the color-block for some contrast. After sketching or choosing a design, draw it onto the frame with pencil.

Go over the pencil with a silver sharpie until the design is clear.

Once you have the design clear enough, outline it with a fine-point, black sharpie.

After this is completed, it's time to finish the look.

Step 6: Finishing the Look

This portion is the most open-ended step.

You will need your art utensils of choice (colored pencils, sharpies) and the art robot.

Begin with the art robot moving around the frame with the colored pencils sketching lightly over the color-block pattern.

After around 5-10 minutes take the robot off.

Apply sharpies (the colors of your choice) with tape in close proximity on the robot. This will allow it so move in a circular motion around the frame, and will standout against the colored pencil and the color-block.

After another 5-10 minutes take off the robot and you will have a good amount of pattern to contrast the color-block background.

Step 7: Final Product

After doing this make sure to clean up.

You now have a simple, colorful picture that you created yourself.

Thanks for reading!

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    4 years ago

    Nice work! I'm intrigued by this "art robot" you are using. Any guidelines for building one? Maybe another Instructable ;) ?


    4 years ago

    i love it i made it to


    4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Very cute project!