Friends Peephole Frame

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Introduction: Friends Peephole Frame

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.


Materials:
Thin corrugated cardboard
Newspaper
School Glue (PVA)
White paper towel
Bread tag or thin plastic
Acrylic paint. Two colours, yellow and slightly darker yellow.

Step 1: Step 1

Put Friends DVD in the DVD player and press play.

Step 2: Step 2

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

Click to Download Template

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.

Step 3: Step 3

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.

Step 4: Step 4

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.

Step 5: Step 5

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.

Step 6: Step 6

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.

Step 7: Step 7

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.

Tips
-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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79 Discussions

OKAY I NEED THIS..

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.

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?

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TammyT76

Question 15 days ago

about how long were your strips of newspaper for the swirl pieces?

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

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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! :)

Hi otter yellow flower. Would you be willing to make a version of large one you made in pic above that I could buy? I want to use as a prop in the photo booth at my wedding.

Thats awesome. Mine is a bit larger then that. I feel stupid watching people do this in like 2 days where it takes me a lot planing and days to get even close to something descent. Im not that good with paper mache things. I use some wood that I attached together first to create a base frame. Because I want it to be real sturdy. But I am struggling to get an accurate and nice looking waves. Do you have any tips or tricks.

I am using glue mixed with a little water, I have not used the paper towels yet. Its really hard to get them to set when there soggy, ugh. Hope someone has a pointer or two.

Yes it can definitely be done! i would love to see it. For that size you might want to make it a few inches thick so it’s strong. It will use a lot of newspaper but it can definitely be done. The bigger it is, the easier it is to make because the corner swirls aren't as tight. If you're not used to the paper mache you should practise by making just one of the corner swirls as a test piece. When you do the final one you’ll be a pro.

A few people have said they had difficulty getting the swirls to stay in place.Their paper wasn't wet enough. Dont be afraid to really soak it with the paste and gently squeeze out the excess. Built up the layers and it will work.


Let me know your final dimension and the largest paper size you can fit in your printer and i will scale the template for you over multiple pages. All you’ll need to do is print it, cut the borders off and stick em’ down to make a frame as big as you like.

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

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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.