How to Make Tabletop Picture Frames for Your Dollhouse
Every little girl dreams of owning a dollhouse. While some can afford to buy play sets (e.g. kitchen, bedroom, living room, etc.) from the toy store, little girls will always want more. So why not be creative and save money by helping them make miniature things for their dollhouses. The best way to do so is to recycle and use what you have (e.g. boxes, magazines, newspapers).
This hub will be a tutorial for tabletop picture frames made from recycled materials. For more ideas for miniature objects, I like watching MyFroggyStuff's channel in YouTube for inspiration.
Making Tabletop Picture Frames for Dollhouses
The inspiration for this tutorial came from watching MyFroggyStuff's tutorial for a rectangular picture frame linked below:
But as I was browsing through some toy catalogs, I found these cute pictures of toys representing their brand. Unfortunately, the photos were round and bordered by a white circle. Because my skills with the scissors can only be described as poor, I did not think I could cut a perfect circle out of a piece of paper for the frame.
I did, however, come up with a way to use the basic idea and make a frame for any shaped-picture I might find in the future. It is also very kid-friendly, so you can make it a crafting project for the kids to do.
You can also use these decorative scissors when cutting to add some design to your project.
Use these punchers to create different shapes.
- Magazines or newspapers
- Thin cardboard (stiff enough to serve as the base for your picture frame, but not too thick that you cannot cut into it)
- Puncher or any other material you want to use for the frame (e.g. sequins, glitter, etc.)
Step-by-Step Guide to Making Miniature Tabletop Picture Frames
1. Browse through magazines or newspapers for any picture you would like to put in the frame. Or if you like collecting toy store catalogs, you can use those to find animated pictures of your girl's favorite toy.
2. Punch out several colorful circles from the same magazine or newspaper.
Tip: In order to make sure the circles punched are solid colors, take out the bottom cover of your puncher and use it upside down. Doing this will help you see the circle before you punch the hole.
3. Glue your photo to the cardboard, leaving enough space around for your frame.
Tip: Make sure that you only apply a thin layer of glue so it will not be visible on the right side later.
4. Glue the circles to make whatever design you want. You can also use this step to change the shape of your photo (e.g. from circle to square).
5. Cut the cardboard into the shape you want your frame to be. You can try cutting around the design or trim it off to make whatever shape you want. For this tutorial, I tried cutting around the design to maintain the raspberry look.
6. Take the remaining piece of cardboard and line it up on top of the picture. You want to cut off a piece of triangle that is slightly longer than the middle of the frame. Cut off a triangle shape in the desired height.
7. Fold the triangle to form a little flap and glue it to the back of the frame. Make sure the bottom part is aligned with the bottom of the frame as this will stand up at a 90-degree angle.
Tip: In order to make pointy frames stand (like the Lalaloopsy one), instead of cutting a triangle in Step 6, cut out an isosceles trapezoid, fold back the two triangular shapes, and glue the rectangular area in the middle to the picture. Here is a photo:
What other shapes can you and your little girl come up with? Leave a comment below to share your experience with this tutorial.