How to Make Picture Frames

Beachy-Keen Picture Frame
Sprinkle sand on the glue. (Step 4)
Sprinkle sand on the glue. (Step 4)
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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


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

Let glue dry.

Glue shells to frame. (Step 8)
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