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Making a Film Reel Frame

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If you are lucky enough to have or find and old 16mm film reels, you can try your hand at making this clever photo frame. This is a page about making a film reel frame.


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I inherited these empty film reels from my father-in-law (I have boxes full!). At Christmas I decided to try my hand at transforming them into picture frames.

After a basic cleaning, I spay painted one side (and sealed with satin finish), then traced the photo openings onto scrap paper to use as templates. The photos were copied in sepia tone on heavy paper and carefully cut to just larger than the template. Wallpaper samples were used to fill in the extra spaces in the reel. I used a cardboard pizza circle for the backing and glued it all together.

By Carol Overholt from OH

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Love it! So clever.

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Ingenuis! I love it! Now I am going to go dig out Ma's old Reel to Reels. LOL...

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

This is Brilliant, something you would find in a high end boutique. Now I have to start searching for film reels.

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January 26, 20100 found this helpful

Absolutely love this look! Thanks for sharing it with us Thrifty Funners!

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