Out of the Box: DIY Picture Frames

Once a move is complete it is important to make new and lasting memories in your home. Capture all the memorable moments in your new home and frame them with a picture frame made from your recycled moving boxes. See our step by step instructions, along with our how to video below to learn more about how to create your very own picture frame!


  • Cardboard Pieces
  • Box Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Decorative Paper

Step 1:

Trace the size of your photo onto the piece of cardboard you have chosen to use.

Step 2:

Using your box cutter, cut along the lines you traced and pop out the center.

Step 3:

Cut a smaller piece the length and width of the bottom of your frame, then glue to the bottom of the frame.

Step 4:

Repeat step 3 and glue piece to the top of the frame.

Step 5:

Cut another smaller piece the length and width of the frame’s left side and glue.

Step 6:

Glue the frame face down to the decorative paper.

Step 7:

Fold all edges of the paper alongside the edges of the frame.

Step 8:

Along the creases from the fold, cut out each corner of the frame.

Step 9:

Fold and glue all remaining edges of the decorative paper to the frame.

Step 10:

From Corner to corner of the frame, draw a X.

Step 11:

Using your box cutter, cut along the X.

Step 12:

Wrap each individual flap from the X around the frame and glue down.

Step 13:

Glue another piece of cardboard that is the same size as the frame to the back of the frame.

Step 14:

Cut another piece of the remaining cardboard for the stand. Glue this to the back and insert thumbtack for extra support.

Step 15:

Insert photo through the opening on the right side and display!

Moving is stressful, but you can always make moving fun with more of our DIY projects from our Out of the Box blog series. For more fun projects, or to learn more about our moving services visit us today!