DIY-Iconic “Friends” Frame

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I love the show Friends! My husband and I watched it from the beginning with our then two week old daughter sitting with us. She is now 21 and has watched Friends her entire life. I can’t even count how many times I have watched the entire series. My absolute favorite episode is The One Where No One Is Ready. 

Anyway… I have always loved the frame on Monica’s door. So I decided to finally make my own.

"Friends" Frame

Picture found here

Here’s a bit of trivia for you on the frame. It had a mirror in it and was broken by a crew member during filming. The producers liked how it looked and decided to keep it, according to Buzzfeed.

To begin my own Friends frame, I picked up some Sculpey polymer clay.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I actually bought two packages of it but I only used one and even had a bit left over from it.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I put freezer paper down first and then rolled out a brick of the clay to about an 1/8th of an inch thick.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I cut the middle of the frame to 5×7 inches.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I added more clay to the two outside corners that didn’t roll out with as much as I would have liked.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

Our old pasta maker dedicated to clay. If you don’t have one no problem just roll out more clay with the rolling pin.

From here on out I used  the pasta maker to roll my pieces. I rolled long pieces of clay to fold and sort of drape onto the frame. If you want to, you can add a hole for hanging it at this time into the frame. Make sure you cover it with the draping when you add it to the top.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I made three “ribbons” of clay and the middle one I left long to make the curl on the ends. I smoothed the bottom of them onto the frame as I went.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I did the top drape then the bottom and cut the excess clay off after each side was finished.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

My shadow waiting for me to finish and go sit on the couch with her on my lap. 🙂

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I joined all the pieces as seamlessly as possible to both the frame and the sides.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

After all the sides were together, I baked it on an old cookie sheet according to the directions on the package of clay and then let it cool completely.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

Finally I get to paint. I picked sunflower yellow by Folk Art. All the other yellows I had were so bright I thought it would be too much.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

The frame is pretty sturdy but I used a mop brush to paint it because it was softer and it could get into all the folds and swirls better than a stiffer brush.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

The last detail I added was a small amount of distressing. I used  burnt umber and a staining medium I mixed together. I dabbed it on with a paper towel, let it sit a bit and wiped it off.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

Now I have the Friends frame I always wanted. If you don’t or can’t put it up with a nail on your door, I used a heavy gaffer’s tape on the back or maybe an adhesive velcro would work.

DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame


DIY Iconic "Friends" Frame

I am loving my frame! What is one of your favorite TV shows? Have you been inspired to make something from one of your favorite shows?


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  1. Oh my! This is so gorgeous. You are so talented! I’ve just started dabbling with polymer clay. This is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. You did a great job! I have just watched episodes now and then of friends. Certainly don’t remember this frame. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Friends is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I proclaim it is for sure! I’m not sure if I have a favorite episode but definitely have favorite scenes. If I’m remembering correctly, your favorite episode has the scene where Joey puts on all of Chandler’s clothes. Is that right?
    Anyway. . . I love your clay frame and wish I had the patience for this kind of clay project. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to get those beautiful lines you achieved. I’m more apt to try to get my hubby to make it out of wood. Ha! Alas though, all my doors are glass and I wouldn’t have a place to hang it. Thanks for the tutorial though. Love it!

  4. Oh my gosh! I completely forgot about Monica’s frame!! I loved that thing too… and too many other things about Friends to list. Thank you so much for sharing this project at the Monday Mish Mash Link Party!

  5. Oh my gosh! I have to make this! You did an amazing job and I love to work with Polymer clay and Friends has to be my favorite TV show ever! You are a genius! Well done!

  6. What a great remake Kileen!! I loved that show (and have been recently been rewatching it on Netflix) and always looooved that frame! So cute! Thanks so much for linking it up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week! Hugs, Lisa

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