How To Make A Photo Frame From A Shoebox Lid

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30 Minutes

I love to decorate my home with old photos and I'm always on the lookout for new frame ideas. I'd rather make my own picture frames than buy them. I've even made denim photo frames before (see here).

This time I decided to make my frame out of an old shoebox lid. Any similar cardboard box lid would work.

First I worked out where the center of my box lid was and marked it with a pen.

Then I cut out a hole the size of my photo. I used a box cutter knife for this.

I then decided to decorate the box lid with textured wallpaper. I picked up a free sample from the DIY/Homestore and this was large enough to cover the lid.

I cut the wallpaper so it would fit around the top and sides of the lid with a little bit more to spare.

Then, I pasted the top of the lid with glue, before wrapping it in wallpaper.

The wallpaper was also secured to the back of the lid with glue.

I then used the box cutter to cut the wallpaper that was over the hole.

These wallpaper flaps were glued to the inside of the lid

At the same time, I made a pouch to hold the photos for the back of the frame. This was simply a piece of cardboard taped on three sides to the inside of the lid. The untaped side was used to slip the photo in and out.

To give the photo frame a bit of an aged look, I first painted it with chalk paint. I then rubbed a tiny amount of silver Rub N Buff on some of the raised edges.

I love how the frame turned out. It is super light so can easily be hung on the wall with the smallest of nails.

I've also made printed map photo frames with old pallets before.

Suggested materials:
  • Shoebox lid
  • Wallpaper sample
  • Glue
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
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  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Jan 27, 2022

    How can you protect the pictures? Plastic????

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  • Im832600209 Im832600209 on Jan 02, 2023

    Nice job!! I have a wonderful photo of my grandmother I want to do this with. ❤❤❤

  • R R on Jan 08, 2023

    Now I gotta go buy some shoes! Just kidding. That’s a great idea. I’m surprised I never thought of that.

    • Rebecca Rebecca on Jan 12, 2023

      I thought the's obviously simple, I like that.