DIY Picture Frames

This is a craft project that I did for a friend. She’s having a little boy any day now, and I wanted to make her something both decorative and useful. It is a fun and inexpensive project that can be customized to be “just the right gift” for anybody. Enjoy!


  • Wood picture frames from the craft store
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • One piece of scrapbooking paper per frame
  • Acrylic paint that coordinates with the paper
  • Mod-podge (I use matte, but you can use the gloss finish, if you’d like)
  • A paint brush or sponge applicator (use the brush if you want a “painted” finish)
  • Any additions you like (you can use pretty much any scrap-booking decoration, though I did not for this project)

Step 1: Sand all surfaces of each frame until they are smooth

Step 2: Put the paper right-side-down and put a frame right-side-down on each one. Trace the inner and outer edges and cut out the paper, carefully. (Word to the wise: number each of the frames and their corresponding papers on the backs, at the top. If you don’t, you’ll be trying to match them up later and, trust me, those frames are NOT identical!)

Step 3: Paint the inner and outer edges of the frames (you can paint the back, too, if you want). Use as many coats as needed for the look you want, but let each coat dry well.

Step 4: Apply a thin coat of mod-podge to the front of each frame and, very gently, smooth the paper on. Be sure there are no air bubbles, then let dry well.

Step 5: Apply a thin coat of mod-podge to the paper and inner and outer edges of the frames. Once dry, apply to the backs of the frames.

Step 6: If you have any decorations to apply (stickers, small silk flowers, etc.) do it now. I’d recommend a hot glue gun.

And there they are! How much fun is that? And your kiddos can do their own or help with yours. These make wonderful gifts, but you can also use them to decorate around your own house. There are so many papers and styles of frames that you won’t run out of options!

2 thoughts on “DIY Picture Frames

  1. Chris says:

    I! LOVE these picture frames. I’m thinking of making some of them to decorate for the holidays. There are so many beautiful craft paper designs in the stores that would add a touch of Christmas on any wall!

    • Thanks! I’m planning to do a follow-up post with a very similar project. I need to get a few supplies, then I’ll make decorations for the baby’s room using the same techniques! 🙂

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