If you’ve been sweltering in the recent heatwave like we have, you’ll be glad to find some craft projects you can do inside. I was enjoying the recent weather at first but it got far too hot to even be outside during the day. I sought shelter indoors to find some cool air and fiddled around with my favorite rattan (the flat kind!) and so the DIY Rattan Picture Frame came to be! 😄
I love flat rattan! Ok, I love rattan – period – it’s an amazing sustainable material, but the flat or flat oval kind is especially versatile. You can certainly use it for basket weaving but its uses extend far beyond that. Wrapped around a surface, it gives a lovely fluted look. Bonus? You won’t even need to soak it when you use it for wrapping!
So I guess this was my open love letter to rattan 🧐
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To make this DIY Rattan Picture Frame, you’ll need…
- Strong cardboard box
- Flat rattan reeds
- Glue gun
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Step 1: Cut the cardboard frame
To start off, find a strong cardboard box, like a delivery box, to repurpose into a picture frame. Cut a 7 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ (19 x 21.5cm) rectangle using a craft knife. Measure 2″ (5cm) off each of the rectangle’s edges to create a 3 1/2 by 4 1/2″ (9 x 11.5cm) opening in the center of the frame.
Step 2: Wrap rattan on the long side of the picture frame
Now, take a long piece of flat rattan and wrap it along the long edge of the picture frame. Add a few dots of glue, if necessary, to make sure the rattan stays flat against the cardboard frame. Continue wrapping until the whole edge is covered in rattan, and then, glue the end of the reed to the back.
You will notice that the rim of the frame exposes the cardboard. Cover it up by gluing a few lengths of rattan along the rim, both on the outside and on the inside of the frame, like in the pictures above.
When you’re done, repeat these steps on the other long edge of the frame.
Step 3: Wrap rattan on the short side
Once the long edges have been wrapped, grab a new rattan reed and start wrapping the short edge of the picture frame. Wrap over the edge so that you cover both the reeds wrapped vertically and the exposed cardboard frame in the middle. Just like you did for the long edges, cut and glue a few pieces of rattan to cover the frame rim.
Wrap the other short edge before you move on to the next step. The frame should now be completely covered in rattan.
Step 4: Complete the short side of the picture frame
Next, you will need to wrap the short edges again but in the opposite direction to create contrast. Take a new reed and glue at the back of the frame, near the cut-out window. Wrap the rattan around the frame, vertically. Continue wrapping until you run out of space and then, repeat this step on the opposite side.
Step 5: Add stabilizing feet at the back
Finally, cut a couple of triangles in the cardboard box to create a backing for the frame to stand up on its own. Glue these triangles at the back and hold them in place until the glue cools down.
And voila! Find a small-sized art print – or print your own – and pin/ tape it to the back of the frame. Friendly advice, don’t place your pretty new frame near the TV. It’s far too eye-catchy and has distracted me from even the most riveting series (I’m looking at you Stranger Things…)!! 😄