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How to Make Picture Frames


Beachy-Keen Picture Frame
Sprinkle sand on the glue. (Step 4)
Sprinkle sand on the glue. (Step 4)
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Surprise a parent or a friend with this Beachy-Keen picture frame. Add a picture from your favorite vacation spot and it is sure to be put in an honored place.

What You'll Need:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Sand
  • 6 inches of grosgrain
  • Ribbon, 3/8 inch wide
  • Assorted shells

Tools:

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Waxed paper
  • Craft knife
  • Tacky glue
  • Craft stick

How to make a Beachy-Keen picture frame: Step 1: Cut two pieces of cardboard, one 6x7-3/4 inches and another 5-3/4x7-1/2 inches. Trace the easel pattern onto white paper and cut it out. Step 2: Draw around the easel pattern onto cardboard and cut it out. On the larger piece of cut cardboard, measure in 1-1/2 inches from each side and draw lines and cut out the center.

Step 3: Place the frame on waxed paper. Squirt glue all over one side of the frame and use the craft stick to spread a smooth layer over the whole surface.

Step 4: Pour sand over the glue and shake extra onto paper. Let frame dry.

Step 5: Turn frame sand side down on waxed paper and apply a thick line of glue down each side of frame and across the top about 1/2 inch in from the edge. Place smaller cut piece of cardboard on top of glue.

Glue a smaller piece of cardboard to the back of the frame. (Step 5)
Glue a smaller piece of cardboard to the back of the frame. (Step 5)
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 6: Apply glue to top part of easel. Glue easel on center back of frame so that the bottom edges are even. Cover with waxed paper and place a heavy book on top. Let glue dry.

Step 7: Bend the easel back so that the frame can stand up. Cut a three-inch length of ribbon and apply glue to 1/4 inch of each end of ribbon. Place ribbon between easel and frameback, 1-1/2 inches up from the bottom edges. Put a plastic bag between the easel and the frame to stop layers from sticking together. Lay flat to dry.

Glue the ribbon between the easel and the frame back. (Step 7)
Glue the ribbon between the easel and the frame back. (Step 7)
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 8: Place shells on frame where you want them. Glue shells to frame.

Let glue dry.

Glue shells to frame. (Step 8)
Glue shells to frame. (Step 8)
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

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