How To Make a Doodle Frame

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This is the fourth post in the Pennywise Presents series.  Don’t forget to link up your presents tomorrow for a chance to win every present I have showed you this week.

If you missed any of this week’s projects here you go:

Today’s project is a Doodle Frame.  This would be a perfect gift for a tween or anyone who likes to doodle. When you are done with the doodle you tear it off to reveal a new piece of paper to doodle on.  Now some of you have not tried my projects because you don’t sew, or you don’t have beads, or you are afraid of resin.  But THIS project anyone can do.  YES, THAT MEANS YOU!
Notepad of Paper
Utility Knife (I got mine at the Dollar Tree)
Double-sided stick tape
An 4” x 6” old frame with back on it
Scrap of matt board
White glue (I used Mod Podge because I LOVES it)
Foam brush or small paint brush
Straight Edge Ruler
Binder Clips

1.  Find a pad of paper that you are willing to part with that is at least the size of a notebook page.  I got mine free at CVS during school supply season.DSC05413 2.  Using a ruler mark a 3 1/2” by 5 1/2” rectangle that is 2” from the right hand side of the paper since we want our frame to be 2” all the way around.DSC05417
3.  Next, using a utility knife with a new blade and the straight edge cut out the rectangle.  You will have to slice through it firmly over and over until you cut through the amount of pages you want.  Make sure you don’t cut past the lines.  I wanted 25 pages so I cut through 30 pages so I had some extra pages to work with later.DSC05418 DSC05419 4.  Now measure more lines 2” from the other lines you made all the way around the frame.  Since my binding is on the left side of the notepad I cut out the top and bottom first (the same way I cut out the rectangle) and then I cut out the left side.  You should not have to cut through the right side since we measured 2” from that spot to begin with.  Now you have your frame.
5.  Using a white glue and binder clips to hold it in place, spread glue on the edge.  I wanted my frame to hang vertically so I put glue on the top.  Start on the left side and glue it, then put a binder clip in place.  Then put a little more glue on, and then another clip and so on and so forth.  Let it dry.DSC05423 6.  After it is dry remove one binder clip at a time and reglue and put the binder clip in place again.  Then remove the next binder clip, and glue and continue on until you put a second coat on.  I did three coats altogether.
7.  While the glue is drying cut out a piece of matt board (with the straight edge and utility knife) or stiff cardboard the size of your frame.  Mine was 7 1/2” by 9 1/”2”.  Then using double-sided stick tape, tape the top of the paper pad frame to the top of the matt board.
8.  Next take an old backing from a frame and tape it in place using the double-sided stick tape.  Line up the bottom of the frame, thing-a-ma-bob with the bottom of the matt board.  (See where I am pointing)DSC05428
DSC05429 9.  Tape a picture in place under the pad of paper. You will probably remove the first paper since it was the one you drew your lines on. Then doodle away.DSC05430
DSC05431 When you are sick of that doodle rip off the page and start fresh.
DSC05432 This would be cute packaged with some crayons or colored pencils for the artiste you have to buy for.  I am guessing it would cost less than $3 to buy a notepad, a utility knife and a frame from the Dollar Tree.  I am assuming you have Elmer’s glue, binder clips, a small paint brush, straight edge and cardboard.  Pennywise?  I would say!
See you tomorrow.  I can’t wait to see your projects!

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  1. kpmattingly says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! I think I might have to do this for Christmas presents! I can pick out a great photo for each family member and write a fun 'doodle' on the top page.

  2. says:

    What an awesome idea I love it!

  3. That's really cute! And you're right, my 9 year old neice would think that was pretty cool.

  4. Shelley Fuge says:

    Did you seriously come up with that? That is so awesome! 🙂 Love it!

  5. sleepyhead designs studio says:

    That's cute! Oh, and the baby is adorable 🙂

  6. S Club Mama says:

    that's adorable…I don't think I would be able to do it although it looks simple. LOL

  7. What a fun gift idea. I think it would be great on a desk.

  8. Very cute! I could totally see a mid elementary age girl really getting into this gift!

  9. Sarah@Neoteric.Traditional says:

    That is great, and so simple! I'm sure I could make the frame itself, but I couldn't doodle as cute as you can!

  10. What a great gift idea! This would be perfect for a high school senior or as a graduation present!

  11. The above post was from me 🙂 I don't know why it didn't add my name 🙂

  12. This is such a great idea! I have already got my tween gifts bought this year, and now… next year too!

  13. My 13 yr old is a natural doodler! She would love this.

  14. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Very creative!! I agree, wonderful for a doodler for certain!

    Thanks for linking it up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  15. very cool I totally would have loved this as a tween!!

  16. tough jelly says:

    I love this! Thanks for the easy tutorial. I had seen something like it for some ridiculous amount of money I like being able to do it for such a reasonable amount!! I am enjoying this whole series.Thanks

  17. So stinkin' cute! Added to my To Do list…and my blogroll. 🙂

  18. This is so cute!!!!!

  19. Awesome idea! To make it easier and less work, a legal pad or other paper pad would work too, right? It would just eliminate the need to glue the top.

  20. I LOVE this whole series!!! We are tighter on pennies this year than ever before, and both have HUGE families, in addition to our 5 kids! THANK YOU for great ideas for thoughtful gifts!

  21. momof3girls says:

    to cute thanks for the instructions!

  22. Sam Zavitz says:

    What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. super duper cute! I love this doodle frame 🙂 thank you.

  24. this is a very cute idea! I think I missed something, though — how and when did you create a "pad" of paper?

  25. debbiesaenz says:

    This is adorable!! So creative…I love it! I just posted a Father's Day frame on my blog using Mod Podge. love that stff!

  26. Danielle Daws says:

    This is AWESOME!! What a great gift idea!

  27. oh gosh – what a good idea!!!

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