Hello marble lovers, this one is for you! Have you seen these marble picture frames popping up in every home decoration store? I love them! But oof they weigh a ton… Not exactly suitable for your most delicate shelves – or your wallet. I’ve been toying with the idea of making hollow core frames using repurposed cardboard. We all have TOO MANY delivery boxes lying in the corner, let’s make stuff with it! This DIY Marble Picture Frame needs very few supplies, just cardboard and contact paper. And it has a cool easy swap system to change pictures whenever you want! Read on to find out how to make it.
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- Repurposed cardboard
- Marble contact paper
- Craft knife
Step 1: Make the cardboard frame
To start, find an 18 by 8″ (45.7 x 20.3 cm) piece of cardboard – from the side of a delivery box for example. Draw three 8 by 6″ rectangles side by side. In the middle of each rectangle, draw a smaller 3 3/4 by 5 3/4 ” (9.5 x 14.5 cm) rectangle. To cut out the three frames, first remove the inner rectangle with your craft knife, using a ruler to guide you. Next, slice the cardboard between each large rectangle.
You’ll get 3 rectangle frames which should fit perfectly on top of each other. If needed, you can sand the cardboard lightly to even out the edges (yes, you can SAND cardboard, it’s crazy but it works!).
Next, apply some glue to a frame and stick another on top, pressing down well and making sure it fits right on top. After that, apply some glue to the second frame and press the third on top. You’ll get a single thick cardboard frame.
Step 2: Cover the frame with marble paper
Now, lay your marble contact paper flat on the table and cut a 10 by 12″ (25.5 x 30.5cm) piece. Place your frame, well centered on the marble paper, and cut an X in the middle of the frame with your craft knife. Make sure you use a cutting mat or a piece of plastic/cardboard/etc. to protect your work surface!
Next, peel off the backing and press your frame on the sticky side of the contact paper.
Before you continue, cut 1″ wide strips of contact paper: two strips that are 3 3/4 ” (9.5cm) long and two 5 3/4 ” (14.5 cm) long.
Peel off the backing paper and place your strips against the inner rim of the frame.
To finish, wrap the contact paper around the frame like you would wrap a gift, making sure the corner angles are sharp. I have a tip for making contact paper adhere better: I heat it up with my hair drier. Yes, I basically BLOW-DRY my crafts! It softens the plastic contact paper and makes it easy for you to push it flat, giving you a better finish. If all else fails, get the glue gun out. Nothing, not even recalcitrant contact paper, can resist hot glue…
Step 3: Add the back foot
To make the frame stand up and remain stable, we’re adding a stabilizing foot at the back. Simply cut a triangular piece of cardboard and wrap it with marble paper. Again, the hair drier is your best friend!
Apply glue to the bottom 1″ (2.5cm) of the foot’s edge and press it against the frame. Hold it for a few seconds while the glue cools down.
That’s it! No complicated system, just slide your picture between the frame and the foot. The backing foot will press the picture against the frame and hold it in place! It’s a great system if you’re like me and you like to change pictures and prints regularly!