Decorate a wood craft frame with coiled paper to make quilling designs from paper strips. Perfect for a DIY Instax photo frame.How to make a curled paper frame with coiled paper to make quilling designs perfect for a DIY Instax photo frame

May Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

I’m part of the Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop again this month, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us not just to pin, but to make our pins happen.

The pin I tried this month is actually my daughter’s choice. Because she’s not old enough to have a Pinterest account, she has a board on my account, called Tween craft ideas and activities, where we save fun ideas she finds and wants to try. 

She loved Natalie from Doodlecraft Blog’s idea for an upcycled rolled paper frame, so we invited a couple of her friends over to make them. In her post, Natalie warned that making a rolled paper frame would take a long time, and it did. It was perfect for three friends to sit around and craft while talking and hanging out with each other.

Prep the Wood Frame

You can use a craft wood frame, like these ones from Amazon, but I decided to make our own frames from a thin plywood board. This way I could make the picture opening the perfect size for an Instax camera photo.  I made the frames ahead of time but had my daughter and her friends sand down any rough parts of the plywood frame.DIY wood frame made from thin plywood to fit an Instax photo

Next, they painted the frames with acrylic paint. This is the background for the rolled paper, but they each wanted to paint something more than just one background color. I was a little worried that it would look like pattern on pattern, but they turned out really well.Painting a wooden craft frame with acrylic paint

While the paint was drying, we took pictures with my Instax camera to put inside the frame. The photos are instant, and we taped them in when the frames were done.DIY wood frame made from thin plywood to fit an Instax photo

Prep the Paper and Craft Supplies

You know all those leftover partial pieces of construction paper after a paper craft project is done? I’m never sure whether to throw them out or keep them and hope I can use them one day. Well, quilling paper (rolling it and making shapes out of the coils) is the perfect use for all those leftovers. I just put all of my partial pieces through our paper shredder and out came perfectly even paper strips in different lengths.Shredded construction paper is perfect for quilling

I put all the paper strips in a basket and spread a thin layer of white school glue on a paper plate for gluing the rolls together and onto the frame. Natalie of Doodlecraft Blog used tape to save time, but I found that white glue in very small amounts worked well and dried pretty quickly.A wooden craft frame decorated with coiled paper quilling art

Quilling with Coiled Paper

The original pinned project has tightly wrapped coils of paper covering the entire picture frame. That must have taken forever. To save time, and give it a different look, my daughter and her friends rolled the paper strips and let them come loose a little before gluing them onto the frame. This allowed their painted frames to show through more and it let them make some pretty cool quilling designs with their rolls of paper. You can get some really cool pattern if you pinch one side of the rolled paper.Roll strips of paper tightly to make paper coils for quilling

My daughter’s frame turned out really well, and she had a lot of fun crafting with her friends. This is definitely a simple beginners craft that you can work on while doing something else, like talking with friends.A wooden craft frame decorated with coiled paper quilling art

How to make a curled paper frame with coiled paper to make quilling designs perfect for a DIY Instax photo frameDon’t forget to check out all the other Pinterest-inspired posts below. And you can see my February Pinterest Challenge –a miniature book necklace– and April Pinterest Challenge –how to clean silver without polish – posts too.

To join next month’s #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ June Pinterest Challenge.


Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Lauren – Mom Home Guide
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Marie – DIY Adulation • Julie – Sum of their Stories
Marie – The Inspiration Vault • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Pili – My Sweet Things • Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Kelley – Simply Inspired Meals • Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Rebecca – Hello Central Avenue • Sam – Raggedy Bits
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Tyler – Just Enough Blush
Kristie – Teadoddles • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications
Kelli – The Olympic Nest • Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed • Ola – J’adore Le Decor
Rebecca – Simple Practical Beautiful • Gwen – Geez, Gwen!
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Emily – Domestic Deadline
Megan – C’mon Get Crafty • Micah – Home Faith Family
Chelc – Inside The Fox Den