Mosaic Picture Frame

Christine Weber

Colorful pieces of tile elevate a standard picture frame to something extraordinary.

Materials and Equipment:

  • an inexpensive unfinished wooden picture frame, any size
  • mosaic tiles, available at any craft store, enough to cover the perimeter of your frame (to make the frame in the photo, use Venetian glass tiles)
  • glue or silicone (be sure to check that it works for wood and tile)
  • a glue spreader or Q-tip
  • a plastic container lid, such as for yogurt
  • a piece of paper larger than the frame
  • a pencil
  • grout and spreader (optional)


  1. Before you start, clear the table and cover it with newspaper or a large garbage bag to avoid getting glue on the table.
  2. Place all your supplies on the table in front of you. The goal of this project is to cover one side of the picture frame with tiles in a mosaic pattern. To do this, you will probably want to create a practice pattern first. Use the pencil to trace an outline of the frame onto the paper. Arrange your tiles on the border of this outline until you are happy with the pattern.
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  4. Transfer the tiles from the paper test pattern to the picture frame. To do this, pour some glue into the plastic container lid and spread it on the back of a tile. Press the tile onto the frame and hold until it sets. Repeat with the other tiles until done. Set aside until completely dry.
  5. If you are making a larger frame, you may want to spread grout over the tiles (follow instructions on grout package). Allow to dry and wipe the tiles clean of grout afterwards with a wet paper towel.
  6. Place a picture in your masterpiece or give it to a craft-loving friend!

Mosaic Picture Frame
May 15, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you for the great details!

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May 16, 20060 found this helpful

Love the idea. Great info! Lovely gift for any occasion.

Jennifer Ca

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December 13, 20070 found this helpful

And if short on cash, try weaving ribbons over photo matting cardboard, then gluing onto another mat for the backing, inserting thick clear "glass"/plastic from many recyclable products, and leaving one end unglued from the back mat. Add a secure support leg to the back after the whole frame is dry. The visual effect is similar, soft, and best for a little girl. I like the tiles for a teen, adult or a male if you are near a craft store or walmart. God bless you. : )

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