Saturday, 6 June 2015

origami picture frame





Decorating your home with photos of your family and friends is a great way to inject a bit of personality into your living space. Instead of spending a ton of money on designer picture frames, however, consider folding a few cute origami frames for your favorite photos. They can easily be customized by choosing paper to match your home d├ęcor. 

origami picture frame

 The project in this tutorial was created using 6 inch by 6 inch origami paper and has an opening that measures 4 ¼ inches by 4 ¼ inches. Adjust the size of the paper to fit your photo. You will need four identical sheets of paper for the project.
The paper used in this tutorial has a green watercolor pattern on the front side and is a solid green on the back. If you would like a more dramatic looking frame, use paper that is white on the back side or has a contrasting color on the back. Skip step 4 and simply fold the center flap up to reveal the back side of the paper. When you're finished, the contrasting color on the back side of your origami paper will show up on the four innermost triangles of the finished frame
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origami picture frame

1.  Create a Paper Triangle
Begin your origami picture frame by placing your paper face up on the table. Fold the paper to create a triangle as shown in the picture to the left.

origami picture frame

2.  Fold the Corner Up
Turn the paper so the long end of your triangle is facing the top of your workspace. Fold the bottom corner up to the top edge as shown in the photo to the left. 

origami picture frame

3.  Fold the Sides Down
Fold the right corner of the paper downward so the top edge meets the right edge of the folded up bottom corner. Repeat with the left corner of the paper. When you're finished with this step, your origami picture frame should look like the photo to the left. 

origami picture frame

4.  Tuck in the Flaps
Unfold the center upper flap and tuck it inside the model as shown in the photo to the left. Unfold the other center flap, then tuck it in as well.
When you're finished, repeat the steps so you have a total of four identically folded
 
origami picture frame

5.  Connect the Units of Your Modular Origami Frame
Insert the right point of the first unit inside the left point of the second unit. Repeat until all of the units are connected. If you're worried about the durability of your frame, add a bit of glue to the right point of the first unit before connecting it with the second unit. 

origami picture frame

6.  Finish Your Origami Picture Frame
To finish your origami frame, add a photo to the back. You can either cut the photo so the image slips inside the pockets you've created or simply tape it to the back of your project.
This frame design is very versatile. Modular origami frames can be used to decorate your home or added to scrapbook pages. Smaller frames can be turned into refrigerator magnets or folded from holiday themed patterned paper to make origami Christmas tree ornaments. If you fold multiple frames and string them together with a thick ribbon, you can create a colorful photo banner for a birthday party or holiday celebration. Challenge yourself to be creative and see what uses you can find for this simple origami design! 

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