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Kids' Cardboard Frame

Children will love crafting this adorable cardboard picture frame.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 4147


  • Cardboard pieces or boxes

  • Box cutter

  • Grid ruler

  • Pencil

  • Photo for framing

  • Transparent tape

  • Double-sided tape

  • Tools to make embellishments: hand punches, border punches, scissors, and/or craft knife

  • Premade embellishments: stickers, chipboard shapes, adhesive ribbon, etc.


  1. With a box cutter, cut three pieces of cardboard to 8-by-10-inch rectangles.

  2. To make the windowed part of the frame, mark and cut out a rectangle in the center of one piece of cardboard that is slightly smaller than the photo you would like to frame. Our photos were 5 by 7 inches, so we cut 4 1/2-by-6 1/2-inch windows.

  3. For the back of the frame, mark the center of the bottom of a second piece of cardboard with a pencil. Place the template for your frame size on top of this piece of cardboard, lining up the horizontal line with its bottom edge matching the center marks. Tape in place. Cut the cardboard on the solid lines and score (cut halfway through the cardboard) on the dotted lines. Fold out the flaps on the scored (this will be the stand for your frame).

  4. Tape the photo to the back of the windowed piece so it shows through the front of the frame, using transparent tape.

  5. With double-sided tape, secure the center piece of cardboard to the back of the windowed piece. Do the same to attach the back piece (the stand) to the back of the frame.

  6. Embellish the frame with punched paper, stickers, chipboard and card stock shapes, ribbon, and almost anything else you can think of.

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