Painted a cheery hue, this frame is perfect for accentuating the sunny side of your son's scary monster. The elaborate three-dimensional design is a playful way to showcase basic art skills or cherished family photographs. Hang one, or a group, to instantly liven up any room.
As with toy-airplane kits, the wood for this frame is pliable and soft and cuts with a craft knife.
- Metal ruler
- Wooden frame, 12 1/2 by 16 1/2 inches or larger
- Balsa wood, various sizes
- 12-by-12-inch cutting mat
- Craft knife
- Sandpaper, fine grit
- Tacky glue
- Flat-bristle brushes
- Primer and paint
- Cutting Mat, 12 inches square
Measure the interior length and width of your frame, and add 8 inches to those dimensions. On the mat, cut 2 pieces each with those dimensions from 4-inch balsa wood.
Following the mat's guideline, draw a line at a 45-degree angle from each end. Cut along line with craft knife.
Sand ends of wood and glue to the frame.
Cut the following pieces of balsa wood on a cutting mat:4 pieces 3 inches wide3 1/2 inches long 4 pieces 2 inches wide 2 1/2 inches long 4 pieces 1 inch wide2 1/2 inches long 4 pieces 1/2 inch wide1 inch long
Glue 3-by-3 1/2-inch balsa wood pieces to 4 corners, 3/8 inch from edges.
Continue to center and glue corner rectangle pieces in descending size order.
For the width of the frame, measure a 3-inch-wide piece 3/4 inch shorter than the length between the 2 corner pieces. Center between corner pieces, and glue.
Follow the same pattern used to build corner layers, reducing the size of each additional piece.
For length of frame, measure a 3-inch-wide piece 1/2 inch shorter than the length between the 2 corner pieces. Center between corner pieces, and glue.
Repeat step 8.
After glue dries, apply 1 coat of primer, let dry, and then apply 2 coats of paint.