A new school year is about to begin but you still might have last semester’s old term papers and reports lying around. Collect the old folders and slide fasteners you bound them in to make inexpensive and eco-friendly picture frames.
All you’ll need are the following:
- Old folders with slide fasteners
- Corrugated board (from an old box)
Cut folder in half and cut according to the frame size that you prefer. (A short folder is ideal for a 5R- or 4R-sized photo). Also, cut off the tabs on the side.
Cut a “window” in the center of the folder. Be sure to make it slightly smaller than the size of your photo.
Cut corrugated board the same size as the folder and make a “window” as well.
Use scissors to cut slide fasteners to fit the 4 sides of the frame. Make sure that the “joints” are flush against each other.
Insert the trimmed pieces of the slide fastener through 4 sides of the folder and corrugated board.
Tape your photo in place.
Cut a piece of corrugated board and lay it over the back of the photo. Tape it in place.
Hang it on a wall.
Experiment with different colored folders but good old-fashioned cream-colored folders will work just as well. Make several frames to display your favorite photos. Have fun!
Irene is a crafter, DIY-er and a blogger. She does most of her crafts and projects between her private practice as an orthodontist and dentistry professor. She is also a wife, a mom and a self confessed Martha Stewart wannabe. Get to know more about her on her blog, homeeconanay.blogspot.com