Make a Folded-Paper Picture Frame for Christmas

Cover a purchased picture frame with pretty folded-paper strips to create a customized Christmas gift.

What You Need:

  • Acrylic picture frame, or frame with flat sides narrow enough to be covered
  • Lightweight scrapbook papers: green and other desired colors
  • Hot-glue gun, glue sticks; toothpicks
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Tracing paper; pencil
  • Red sequins or acrylic gemstones
  • Metallic ribbon

Download paper frame pattern

Download holly pattern

How to Make It:

  1. Cut and fold paper according to the pattern. Connect pieces forming four straight strips to fit size of frame chosen. Use the frame as a guide for lengths. Corners should form a square or a squared-off corner. Allow for right angles so frame corner will be covered when assembled. Join one corner by placing a small dot of hot glue on inside of paper chain. Attach adjoining chain, forming a squared-off corner. Continue for all four corners. Glue paper chain to frame by running a thin bead of glue along back of chain; adhere to frame.
  2. Trace and cut out holly patterns from green scrapbook paper. To add a realistic touch, run the tip of a toothpick over the holly-vein lines while holding paper taut against table. Pull to lift paper to the sides of the toothpick. Then hot-glue the holly to the frame corner. Add sequins or acrylic gemstones for the holly berries and ribbon for an accent.


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