Saturday, February 7, 2009

How to Make a Photo Frame: Recycled Pasta Food Box and Soup Can Lid With Pull Tab

You can create these cute and inexpensive photo frames with items you typically throw away. Well, now you can recycle them and keep kids busy too. They make great gifts and Christmas tree ornaments.

1- pasta box with cellophane window
1- soup can lid with pull back tab attached, washed and dried
1-acyrlic paint color of your choice
1-paint brush
1-glue such as E6000 or other industrial strength glue
1-pair of scissors
1-scotch or other clear tape
1-printed photo or processed photo
optional: markers, stickers

STEP 1: Cut along one seam of the pasta box to open flat. Turn open so you can see where the cellophane is glued to the cardboard box. Cut just outside the glued area (or you will have to re-glue your cellophane). Lay your cut piece onto the inside of the back of the box and trace your first cut piece. Cut out.

STEP 2: Paint the outsides of the cut pasta box pieces. You may have to paint 2-3 coats to cover completely. Let each coat dry before painting the next coat. Paint on a protected surface.

STEP 3: Turn your carboard piece, with the window, upside down and tape your photo to it. Center your photo prior to taping it down. You may have to trim edges of your photo depending on the size you printed.

STEP 4: Glue your soup can lid to the inside, or unpainted side of the second prepared piece of cardboard. You will have to bend your lid tab as shown in the photo below.

Here is a view of the backside, after gluing your can lid onto the unpainted side.

STEP 5: Glue your cardboard pieces together, gluing unpainted sides. Trim edges if needed. Let dry completely.

STEP 6: Write or draw on your new photo frame. Add stickers, plastic gem craft pieces or adorn with other craft items.

Before you throw out your next pasta box and any soup can lids with pull tabs, be sure to consider this craft. It's kid friendly and you can hang your photo frame anywhere, and then when Christmas arrives, hang it on the Christmas tree. Here's what you need to make this recycled craft.

1 comment:

Meg said...

Kristina I followed a link here from ehow. I was looking for your refried bean recipes from dry pinto beans on there today. But I can't find it. Can you send it to me and direct me to the appropriate link? (Leave a comment on one of my blogs if you don't mind.) Margaret