Make your computer as exciting as the games you play on it, with a fantasy computer frame.

You will need:
  • some cardboard box card
  • black pens
  • newspaper
  • poster or acrylic paint
  • PVA glue
  • tissue paper or kitchen roll
  • a ruler
  • scissors
  • some sticky tape
  • two small empty toothpaste boxes
First, you need to measure the size of your computer screen - not the whole monitor, just the screen area.
Then, on a large piece of cardboard box card, draw a rectangle that is the same size as the screen.
Now, draw a larger rectangle on the outside of the first one. It needs to be about 8cm wider.

You donít need to use a ruler for this stage, because it only needs to be done roughly.
When youíve done that, draw your fantasy design onto the frame shape. For a Stone Age design, draw two big boulders at the top and at the bottom. Make the edges rounded, but make the boulders nice and craggy.

Whatever you do, donít let the design go into the middle part too much, because thatís where your screen will go. It is OK to go over the outside edge. At the sides, just draw in smaller rocks, using different shapes and different sizes.
When youíve done that, cut out your design, and youíll have something that looks like this.

Now you have your basic fantasy frame shape.
Now you have to make it bulky and 3D.

To do this, take some newspaper, and tape it to your cardboard frame. Use lots of sticky tape for this, to make it nice and secure.

Just try and follow the shapes of the lines, moulding the newspaper to the shape that you want. If some of the shapes are more padded than others, this simply adds to the effect.
When youíve finished, youíll have something that looks like this.

The newspaper makes the frame 3D, and uneven.
To give the fantasy frame an even more craggy appearance, mix some PVA glue in equal parts with water, and slap it on to your newspaper padding. Put strips of tissue paper or kitchen roll over the top.

Cover the whole thing in one layer. Itís important to tuck it into all the nooks and crannies of the newspaper mould.

Make sure that you wrap it over the edges, where the newspaper and the card meet, to seal it off.
Leave it to dry.

The covering tissue or kitchen roll will go rock hard, making a good craggy surface for your fantasy frame.
Now, you need to add something that'll keep the frame in place on your monitor.

Hold your fantasy frame in front of the screen in the correct position so that the middle of the frame lines up with the screen. Then mark on the back of the frame where the top of the computer is with a marker pen.
Take the two toothpaste boxes, and put some glue above the line so you can stick them down.

Position them apart slightly.

When the glue is dry, the frame will hang nicely in the correct position.
Now, itís time to paint it!

Using poster or acrylic paint, first apply a base coat of grey all over it.

Acrylic is better for this, as it dries with a protective finish, but you can get the same effect with poster paint mixed with a little bit of PVA glue.
To add to the stone effect, add in some black around the edges of each stone.
You could even dab on flecks of white paint, just to add more realism to the stone finish.

Carry on, and paint the whole of your frame in the same way.
When youíve finished, youíll have something that looks like this.

Itís also a good idea to paint the back and the boxes completely black to neaten it up.
Finally, hang your fantasy frame up on your monitor.

You can do any fantasy design you like... perhaps a jungle scene, or even the mouth of a cat!

Try it yourself!