Do any of you still have these collage picture frames in your home? This is only one of the two that I have, that I actually asked for on my Christmas list when I was in high school. What high schooler asks for picture frames for Christmas?! That’s the main question here. But apart from that, the other night I was laying in bed and staring at my two collage frames right next to each other and all I could think of was, “Wow, those are ugly.”
I realized that I no longer appreciated the ability to put multiple pictures next to each other that closely because it just becomes too busy and too much for your eye to look at. But I didn’t want to just throw out the frame (I have a hard time throwing things away). So I started racking my brain about what I could do that would make this frame useful and pretty again. And then it came to me and this collage frame rehab was born!
Let’s get into it! You’ll need:
- a collage frame
- unframed fine art paper matching the size of your frame (I printed a an 18×24)
- a pencil
- optional: spray paint
- a ruler (I ended up free-handing and eye-balling this, but if you’re not comfortable with that, I would recommend measuring out each picture spot)
Ok, so getting the right shape for your frame is going to be a little tricky, so I’ll just tell you how I did it with mine.
First, on the back of the photo, I lightly traced the edges of the actual picture so I had an area to work within. Once that was done, I centered the frame within the photo and outlined the whole frame to get the basic shape. My frame also had small holes between some of the photos, so I outlined those too so I had a general understanding of where the inside picture edges were.
IMPORTANT: Put the frame face down on the back of your photo! I didn’t and ran into problems. In order for the photo to translate correctly into the picture spots, you need to trace it upside down.
Then, I roughly sketched out the shape of the frame. Be patient with this step and try to get it sketched out as accurately as possible based on the outer edges of the picture spots, not the inside openings. This will give you some extra room that you can trim away later.
Once your frame is sketched out on the back of your photo, number each photo, then cut them out. Like I said above, each photo is going to be larger than the actual opening in the collage. Now, we’ll trim it down even more using a piece of glass to trace out the actual size of each photo. Then cut this out.
If you want to change the color of your frame, now would be the time to spray paint it.
When your frame is dry, add in all of your photos. Now you have this visually interesting collage frame that almost looks like an optical illusion. It makes you think more about the photo thats in the frame, and gives you a chance to refurbish a frame that you might have just thrown away before.
I can see myself replacing the photo in this frame after every major trip that I go on and continually switching it up to keep things interesting. Although I still think I was crazy for asking for this frame in high school, I think this new collage frame rehab makes up for that mistake! So, what do you think?