Box Lid Frames

I’m always on the looking for new cost-effective ways of displaying children’s artwork, and I recently devised this one.  I’m sure it’s not original, but I’m quite pleased with it nonetheless, so thought I would share it here.  It simply makes use of shallow boxes or box lids to act as a frame.  They need to be made of good quality, stiff board to look their most effective, and they can either be used as they come, or sprayed a different colour.  Likewise the inside face of the lid which will be visible on the wall,  can be either left the same colour as the edge,s or lined with a contrasting colour of paper or even a patterned, textured fabric, depending on the effect you want to achieve.


To give a more 3 dimensional look, I mounted the artwork onto foamboard (available from good art shops or stationers) and, for 2 of them, mounted that in turn onto a piece of coloured mount board.  These were glued into place on the box lid.  The resulting frame is light enough to be attached to the wall with blu-tac.


13 Responses to “Box Lid Frames”
  1. Susan Mann says:

    This is a fantastic idea and looks great. Thanks for posting this. x

  2. Vivien says:

    They look amazing! Now if I only had box lids that were not all bent up…

  3. maria says:

    what a clever idea, I love it! I will definitely try this myself, tidy artwork (and we have a lot of stuff) + putting box lids to good use. Well done:)

  4. EmmaK says:

    Thanks for a really great tip. I have so many kids’ drawings waiting to be organized and this gives me hope that I can do it

  5. Ann says:

    What a great idea! My daughter would enjoy creating artwork as well as the frame.

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  6. Chelsea says:

    Excellent idea! I’m an art teacher and this would a fabulous way to showcase student art work!


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