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 9×12 piece of artwork….
1. Take a 12×18 piece of construction paper and trim it to 12×15 inches.
2. Center your art on the 12×15 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.


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.


    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, 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.=)