Make Your Own Cardboard Ring Frames

Hi there everyone, I have the coolest thing to share with you, found over at photojojo.

Keen to try something new???

Silver dollars, vinyl LPs, Oreos — So many of the best things in life are circle-shaped. How about giving some of your fave photos the same treatment?? Circularize your photos and show them off in a urban-chic constellation of modular cardboard rings.

Snappy-lookin’, expandable, and keeps a couple of paper towel rolls out of the landfill. We are all for recycling & reusing where ever we can here are Cocoa Daisy. So seriously, what’s not to like?

Are these not just the funkiest photo holders you have ever seen?

What You’ll Need


  • An assortment of cardboard tubes: toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, shipping tubes, even oatmeal boxes!
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • A whole bunch o’ photos
  • Scissors or circle cutter
  • White glue

Step 1: Clean Up the Rolls

scrub-smRemove any labels or leftover paper from each of the cardboard rolls.

If the paper doesn’t peel off readily, you can scrub it away with a small piece of sandpaper.

Step 2: Mark Rolls

mark-sm1Now to divide those rolls into rings of varying widths. Make many different sizes so you have a good mix when you put them on the wall.

Using a ruler and pencil to mark the width of each ring will help you keep the cuts straight and level.

Step 3: Cut Tubes Into Rings

cut-smUse the X-acto knife and/or scissors to cut the tubes into many different-sized rings.

Step 4: Trace Circles

trace-smTrace around the ring to mark a circle on the photo you want to frame.

Cut out the circle using scissors (or a circle cutter). The circle should be just a bit wider than the outside of the ring.

Step 5: Glue Photos to Rings

glue-smDraw a thin bead of glue on the rim of the cardboard ring and glue the photo circle in place.

You can glue the photo to the front of the ring so it stands out from the wall, or to the back of the ring so you can peer in at it.

Step 6: Repeat

While the glue dries on the first ring, repeat Steps 4 and 5 with the remaining cardboard rings and photos.

Step 7: Glue Rings Together

assemble-smWhen all the rings are done and dry, use a little white glue on the side of the rings to glue them together.

Arrange them in a circle, a random pattern, or any dang ol’ way you like!

Step 8: Put ‘Em Up

Hang the rings on the wall by putting up a few pushpins or small nails and slipping the rings over them.

More Ideas

  • Use a few different colors of paint to color the inside and/or outside of the cardboard rings before you glue on the photos.
  • Glue the rings together in small groups of three or four so you can easily rearrange your collection.

Many thanks to the team of Photojojo for your creative tips ‘n tricks…you guys ROCK!!

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  1. missusem

    OH WOW KIm! This is EXCELLENT… !

  2. Ronda P

    SHUT UP! This is totally awesome!

  3. tricia

    I LOVE that idea Kim!!!
    I was just needing something on a wall in my office and that might just be the perfect thing!

  4. Rebecca

    that is too cool!!

  5. cute

    This is an awesome idea…I will have to do this for my classroom! 🙂

  6. janis

    what a brilliant idea!!!

  7. Ramintessah

    This is so cool!love the idea.I wanna try it in our room.

  8. Sue

    wow these are so clever and look so chic fabulous

  9. elina

    This is such a cool idea!!! I want to try it!!

  10. Kelsey

    is there any big cardboard circles you can think of i wanted some maybe the size of a pumpkin



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