How to Make an Asian Food Style Picture Frame

A funky photo frame with a Japanese food theme makes an ideal gift for family members and friends. This project is straightforward and fun to make.



Steps

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    Assemble the items needed. These are listed under "Things You'll Need" below.
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    Fold the sheet of black construction paper in half. For now, this will be referred to as "the card".
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    Cut out a piece of the stiff cardboard. Make it the same size as the closed card.
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    Open up the card. On the right side, glue the stiff cardboard to the paper. Cut out a rectangle on the left side that is just a little smaller than the photo you want to frame.
    • Close the card, and you should see the cardboard showing through where the picture will go. Now, the bottom edge and the right edge of the frame aren't sealed, so staple it. You will cover up these staples later with decorations.
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    Glue two ends of a piece of string on the back. This will enable the frame to be hung if the recipient wishes.
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    Arrange some uncooked grains of rice on the bottom edge of the photo frame. When you're satisfied with the way things look, spread liquid glue over the rice.
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    On the top, arrange some toothpicks so that they are overlapping. These are to represent chopsticks. In the top left corner, add a cut-out of a small, white, paper, square plate.
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    Start creating some paper sushi.
    • To make the sushi, cut the green construction paper into thin strips which will wrap around the paper sushi insides. Set these strips aside.
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    • Using brightly colored markers (pink, orange, yellow, etc.), color different tissues until they're solid colors. Crumple these tissues into loose, small balls.
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    Form a small, neat tube with each of the green strips. Trim the tube accordingly, then tape it to seal it.
    • Stuff each tube with a small ball of the colored tissues you made in the previous step. Keep them neat and "sushi-looking."
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    • After you have done this repeatedly for as many different sushi as you want, dab some glue on the outside of each "sushi" piece, then simply stick them in place on the photo frame.
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    Take the fortunes out of one or two fortune cookies. Stick them on the frame on the right edge. It's okay if parts of the fortune stick out.
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    Take a rest and wait for it to dry.
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    Insert your chosen picture from the top. If you're going to gift-wrap it, make sure you don't wrap it too tightly or else the 3D sushi will be flattened.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • If you can't get a hold of a real fortune cookie, make one. Use the computer or your neatest handwriting.
  • If the rice doesn't stay on, or you can't get a hold of real rice, shred some white paper in the paper shredder, then snip rice-size bits off the end of each strip.

Warnings

  • Make sure the whole frame is dry, or else it will stick to the wrapping paper!

Things You'll Need

  • A sheet of black and green construction paper
  • Some stiff cardboard
  • Some string
  • Uncooked rice
  • Fortune cookies
  • Toothpicks
  • Some Kleenex
  • Brightly colored markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A stapler
  • Tape
  • A picture to put in the frame

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