Fun Paper “Frames”

Framed” Self-Portrait by Colin, First Grade

Noth­ing enhances a paint­ing like a good frame! Here’s a fun and inex­pen­sive way to frame your stu­dents’ work.

Let’s assume you want to frame a 9x12 piece of art­work.…
1. Take a 12x18 piece of con­struc­tion paper and trim it to 12x15 inches.
2. Cen­ter your art on the 12x15 paper (leav­ing a 1–1/2″ mar­gin on each side) and glue it down using a glue stick.
3. Next, crease the larger paper all along each edge of the smaller paper. Be care­ful to ONLY crease it as far as the edge of the smaller paper and no far­ther.
4. Then, make another crease from each cor­ner of the smaller paper to it’s cor­re­spond­ing cor­ner on the larger paper. The creases turn a flat piece of paper into a 3D frame!

You can achieve vary­ing effects with dif­fer­ent col­ors of paper.… add swirly lines on yel­low paper to sug­gest a fancy gilded frame, or a wood grain pat­tern on brown paper for a wooden frame.

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4 Responses to Fun Paper “Frames”

  1. Ms. Julie's Place March 9, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Oh wow, I am sure glad Jes­sica at Art Smarts 4 Kids gave you an award!
    Glad to find you in blog­ger land.
    I will be link­ing you!

    Feel free to drop by my neck of the woods some­time and feel free to snag any­thing you may find useful.

    Bless­ings,

    Miss Julie

  2. Jessica March 9, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    My inter­net con­nec­tion went out for an hour and Julie beat me to it!

    I love your site. I love all the great projects for kids and the art­work you choose to post.

    Please stop by my site to claim your Won­der­ful Blog Award.

  3. Art Show For Kids . com March 10, 2009 at 5:29 am #

    These are won­der­ful tech­niques. Please invite your read­ers to tell their chil­dren about ArtShowForKids.com, a safe place where chil­dren share their art and par­tic­i­pate in ongo­ing chil­dren artshows and kids art contests.

    Way to go!

  4. Ms. Julie's Place March 12, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    I “bor­rowed” this.=)

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