How to Make a Folded Paper Photo Frame

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Learn how to make a folded decorative paper frame for a photo. This inexpensive craft is fun to make and you have a pretty frame for home or office display. The folds on the back help it stand without an added frame stand.


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Make a simple photo holder with just a small piece of paper. Use specialty papers with a design to make it look more appealing. This frame I'm going to show you is the simplest pattern.


  • 1 piece 15x15 cm specialty art paper
  • 1 2x2 inch picture
  • Note
  • estimate the size of paper based on the size of your picture


  1. Position the paper like a diamond and fold vertically in half.
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  3. Open it and fold again in half, but this time horizontally. When you open it again, the folds will form a cross.
  4. Put it back into the original diamond position.
  5. Fold one tip to the center fold. (see image)
  6. Fold all four corners to the center fold.
  7. Flip the paper and fold the four corners forward. (see image)
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  9. Flip it back again to the front. You will see four diamonds are formed.
  10. Push with a thumb or insert the tips of each diamond inside. (see image)
  11. It will form a square frame.
  12. Insert picture and its ready for display.
  13. No need for a frame stand as the back folds will make it so the paper photo holder stands.
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