How to Craft a Personalised Picture Frame Shelf
If your home is strewn with random tiny toys and lone marbles, try turning them into a fun shelf with this easy guide
Collecting under-the-sofa surprises during a clean-up and adding treasures from pockets and boxes one day, I suddenly thought, wouldn’t these make wonderful decorations for a handmade frame? Read on to find out how to craft your own personalised picture shelf perfect for any child’s room.
- Picture frame
- Cardboard from an art shop
- Glue gun, masking tape
- Acrylic paint, spray paint
- Small toys and objects
To make the picture frame, I’m not using classic cardboard from boxes, but a solid and primed sheet – the kind an artist would use. This cardboard is very solid, like thin plywood, but you can easily cut it with scissors or a utility knife.
My photo frame will serve as a little book shelf, so I decided to make wider edges and cut out the side walls separately.
The cardboard frame should be a minimum of 3cm wide, so you have enough space for all your little treasures. It can be even wider – it depends on what you want to attach.
Fit the cardboard frame to the picture frame and glue them together.
Measure the original picture frame, then mark and cut out four side walls to form the shelf. The width of all the pieces should be the same, with the lengths matching those of the picture frame.
Use the masking tape to hold the four cardboard side walls together. Next, glue the cardboard ‘box’ along the edge on one side and stick it to the back of the the frame. For solidity, you may also use masking tape on the joins.
Decorate the frame by sticking the objects onto the edge using the glue gun. Before you start to glue, play with the layout to find out what looks best.
At first, cover the frame with a light spray paint layer and then brush over it using the acrylic paint. It’s important to cover everything carefully – previous colours shouldn’t show through.
The whole inside and outside of the cardboard surface has to be the same colour as the frame. If necessary, paint on a second layer once the first has dried.
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