tutorial: how to make 3-D picture frames

3d picture frames created from gutter guards

I must admit that when I [completely unintentionally] left you hanging after last week’s post I wasn’t prepared for all the sweet comments and creative guesses that were headed my way.

I asked you in that post if you could figure out what these funky 3-D picture frames were made of.  I loved all the guesses [they ranged from hamster wheels to metal garden fencing].

Well, are you ready to know?

Drum roll…..

These are made from vinyl gutter guards!  Yep, nothing more than some vinyl strips you shove into your gutters to prevent them from getting clogged with leaves and debris.  I stumbled upon these a couple weeks ago while hunting for a couple bricks to make my son’s dinosaur bookends.  The modern design caught my eye and the price for a 3ft piece wasn’t even $2.00.  I threw a few in my cart and brainstormed all the way home what I could make out of them.

After my recent entry way makeover I was in need of some modern, b+w art that didn’t over power the walls.  I thought these gutter guards would make the perfect picture frames and here is how simple it is to make a few…

how to make 3d picture frames from gutter guardsNow this part was the most challenging for me…choosing what pictures to use!  I have thousands of pictures of my kids, dog, family, etc and deciding which ones to put up on the wall was crazy.  I managed to grab a few favorites and made a b+w copy of each on our printer.

make 3d picture frames from gutter guardsNow simply determine how large you want your frame.  I made mine various sizes and cut each strip of the gutter guard to size.

3d picture frame made from vinyl gutter guardsNow simply wrap the gutter guard closed [I overlapped about 0.5"] and secure each end with a small zip tie.  You will use 2 zip ties per frame.

3d picture frames made out of gutter guards3d picture frames made from vinyl gutter guardsJust snip off the excess of the zip tie and you’re done with your frame!

Now lay your b+w copy on a flat surface and lay your picture frame on top.  Trace with a pencil around the outside of your frame then cut out the b+w picture.

make 3d picture frame from gutter guardsTo secure the picture to the frame I ran a thin bead of hot glue [it dries almost immediately] around the edge of the picture then secured the frame to it.

I chose to paint a few frames black and repeated all the above steps.

3d picture frames made from gutter guardsThese weigh next-to-nothing so to secure them to the wall I simply used a couple pieces of double-sided tape.

I have to admit that I’m pretty much over the whole gallery wall thing, but I love the way this one turned out.  It’s a modern, Scandinavian look that I just adore [right now].  I feel I should always say that since I change taste so rapidly.

create 3d picture frames from gutter guards make a 3d picture frame using gutter guardshow to make a 3d picture frame using gutter guardsmake 3d picture frame using gutter guardsThis project cost apx $5.00 and I think it’s worth every penny.  My favorite part [other than those sweet faces]  is asking friends+neighbors who drop by to guess what the frames are made out of.

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4 Responses to tutorial: how to make 3-D picture frames

  1. Such a great tutorial and I just adore your new blog design, really do!

  2. jarrahjungle says:

    These look amazing, they do not look like plastic! I really like the black and white as well very stylish :)

  3. Chelsea says:

    Wow! I am popping over from Corey’s blog and this is so unique and so eye catching. I just love it. Can’t wait to take a peek around your blog!

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