DIY Picture Frame

DIY Decoupage Picture Frame

While I didn’t make any resolutions for 2018, I have definitely been more focused on cleaning out and organizing everything I possibly can in our apartment.  Along the way I have made a list of small DIY side projects for myself.  In this post I will share the first of these – making a DIY picture frame.  And then making a lot more.  They were much easier than I anticipated, and I can’t wait to spread them out over the wall I have picked out for them!
In order to help keep myself accountable, I am sharing some of my goals concerning my apartment.  Here are the goals for my apartment in the coming months:

  • Clean out my closet, organize what’s left (halfway there already!)
  • Clear out and deep clean the patio
  • Organize our bookshelf in the living room
  • Get rid of random kitchen things I don’t use (anyone else have 100 various cups/mugs/bottles?!)
  • Spruce up my vanity area—adding lights, organizers, and reupholster the seat

I won’t lie and say that I don’t love laying on the couch once the work day is done, so hopefully sharing these will keep me motivated! I’m planning on sharing a few of these on the blog, as well.

DIY Picture Frame Project

I’ve had a bare wall above my headboard ever since I moved in three years ago.  I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to put there.  I finally decided I would like to put up some pictures (my apartment is severely lacking personal photographs) but wanted frames that were more interesting.  Then came my search for interesting picture frames.  Not wanting to invest hundreds of dollars on cute picture frames, I decided to figure out a way to make my own.  After going through a few different ideas like painting or staining wood frames, I decided to decoupage the frames with scrapbook paper.  That room needs some more prints and some more black to match the cast iron inlays of the headboard, so black and white patterns were at the top of my list.

DIY Picture Frame Materials

DIY Picture Frame materials

Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Foam brush applicators
Acrylic paint (optional)

A few things about the materials:  If you don’t want to buy Mod Podge, you can also make your own decoupage glue.  You can easily find instructions on how to make it on Pinterest.  You also want the frames to be finished and not glass for best results.  I actually got most of mine at Dollar Tree.  Lastly, there are several different finishes of Mod Podge available, so check those out before deciding on one to purchase.

DIY Picture Frame Step 1

Use acrylic paint to paint any surface that will not have scrapbook paper on it that isn’t the color you like.  In my case, I have two more frames that are dark brown that I will paint the inside of black so that they match the paper.  For some reason Dollar Tree didn’t make one of the styles that I like in black, so I have to make it work.  Make sure the paint is completely dry before step 3.

DIY Picture Frame Step 2

The second, and most time consuming, step is to cut the pieces of scrapbook paper to fit the sides of the frame.  Make a stencil if you have multiples of the same frame.  I trace the stencil in pencil onto different patterns so I have sets to go on different frames.  This will take time, so make sure you are comfortable!

DIY picture frame stencil

DIY Picture Frame Step 3

This part is so much simpler than I thought it would be.  Using a foam brush, cover the back side of the scrapbook paper (the side that will be touching the frame) with Mod Podge.  Apply to the frame in the desired location.  You have maybe 5 seconds before it sets, so you can adjust the placement to be more precise during this time.  If you are covering a larger area, it’s possible you may see some bubbles in the paper.  In these 5 seconds, use a foam roller or plastic card to push bubbles to the edge and get a flat surface.

DIY picture frame step 4

DIY Picture Frame Step 4

Now you’ll apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the scrapbook paper.  Give it about 30 minutes to dry, before adding at least one more layer.  I went back and put the black paint over some spots where I got Mod Podge on the painted surface on accident.

Here’s a before & after comparison.

DIY picture frame before & after

Now you’re done!  Seriously, once you get past the stencil part it’s a breeze.  They add so much more to a room than a solid color frame, in my opinion.  I’m ready to make more!  Let me know if you decided to make one and what your goals for 2018 are!

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Make regular, solid picture frames more interesting with some scrapbook paper and Mod Podge!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE this idea and you explained it so well. I have the hardest time deciding what I want to do with my walls. I do know I want a collage, but love how I can do this with some of the pictures in the collage. Thank you for sharing.

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