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I am so excited to show you this project – honestly when I started I wasn’t sure it’d turn out that great, but wowza, I amazed myself! Can you guess what these frames are made out of?? DIY Foam Frames
Want to make some? Of course you do! Let me give you the run down….
—Foam Core Boards in desired size
—Hot Knife (it helps so much!!)
First you’re going to want to trace or freehand (I trace – I can’t draw!) a frame. I used a frame from my wall, plus a template of a frame I found on my Silhouette software, plus just a few straight shapes (square, long rectangle, etc). Just draw what you want:
I was nervous to work with foam board because I can never get nice edges and I wouldn’t even think about curves. But then a thought came to me to try using a hot knife – so I ran out and grabbed one from the store – this is what I bought:
I tested it on some scraps and wowza, it was AMAZING! Hot knife through butter – where has it been all my life?! And I was able to work around curves and everything. The key is to just move slowly and let the knife melt through the foam instead of trying to push hard and force it through. I felt so professional using a heat tool – –
For the curvy edges, I picked up the board and moved around my lines. For the straight edges, I put it on a flat surface and ran the hot knife right along the edge of a metal ruler. I used my cutting board to make sure my lines were straight and square.
To give it a little more depth and feeling of real wood, I tried to angle the knife, kind of like you would see a routered edge on wood. You can kind of get a glimpse of that in the picture below (the edge on the right of the picture has been angled and the edge on the left-ish side of the picture hasn’t been yet) –
There might be ridges from your cuts, and you can simple sand those down with sandpaper:
Part of what makes these awesome is the layered feature – each frame is actually two frames I made separately then glued together – –
I think the layers really take the project up a notch:
So, now you’ve got your frame, but it still looks like you cut it out of foam core. To solve that problem, I added texture to it – again, really taking it up a notch. I used the stucco stuff I happened to have on hand, and just brushed it on haphazardly –
I think the texture also helped the paint color adhere to the board. I watered the paint down just a little with antique glaze, but I’m not sure I could tell that I did in the end.
A couple coats of paint (some only took one coat – depended on the color) and let them dry. That’s it! Here’s a couple up-close:
I am a part of the Elmer’s Craft It! Crew, and so I made these for them to display in their booth at CHA. It makes me feel half-famous – a craft of mine on display at the Craft and Hobby Association Convention – so cool! If any one of you happens to go to CHA, visit their booth and let me know how they looked with all the other stuff.
Can you picture these frames in your house?? You could do a whole frame wall in bright colors in a playroom. Or you could use more subtle grays with a small pop of color in a bedroom. The possibilities are endless with these – and they’re so affordable, especially compared to buying large frames (the pink one below is pretty big – it was basically the whole foam board). I know I’ll be making more in my future! You can make these – give it a try!