Picture frame

Are you looking for a unique hand-made gift or a creative way to re-use some old magazines? Picture frame!


- old magazines

- pen, pencil or skewer as a rolling guide

- cardboard

- scalpel

- wool thread

- pipe cleaner (for the hook)

- paint and paintbrush (optional)

- embellishments (optional)

Step 1. 
Take a piece of cardboard and mark the picture area. We decided to make one horizontal and one vertical.
kid outlining a picture area on cardboard

Step 2.
Cut out the marked area using a scalpel. This is more of a task for grown-ups.

Step 3.

Along the upper line, find the middle, drill a little hole and make a hook. We used a pipe cleaner.

making a hook for the picture frame

Step 4.
Use the magazine paper rolls you have or prepare new ones. 

If you are making them, rip out pages of an old magazine first.   

kid tearing out old magazine papers
Step 5.
Begin to roll the magazine around a pencil or a skewer to create a tube shape.
This is an excellent activity for developing fine-motor skills. 
kid rolling magazine papers

Step 6. 
When you reach the end, put some glue on the corner and wrap it around the tube to secure it in place.

kid glueing old magazine paper rolls

Make as many as you can. You can always use them for other projects. 

making many old magazine paper rolls

Step 7.
Glue the paper rolls on the cardboard. If you are using a hot glue gun, be cautious and pay attention to what you're doing to avoid burning yourself or your kid's fingers.
glueing old magazine paper rolls on a picture frame

Step 8.
If you like your frame colourful, your project can end here.
colourful version of a picture frame

Step 9. 
However, we (read "I") decided to cut the rolls to the same size...

picture frame with magazine paper rolls in the same size

 we painted it using red and yellow acrylic paint...

kid painting picture frame

...and the boys couldn't resist the urge to decorate the frame with some flowers.

kid putting embellishments on the picture frame

Step 10. 
We measured the picture area, cut a piece of wool thread...

kid cutting a piece of wool string

and glued it on the backside of the frame.

Step 11. 
Finally, we hooked two photographs using little wooden pegs...

hanging a photograph using little pegs

and our picture frame was finished :)

 final picture frame

You can get more ideas for upcycling activities and projects here.

This article was updated on July 6, 2020

Marija Smuda Duric

A mum to two amazing twin boys - Einstein E and Power P, an educator, and a researcher.