Homemade Picture Frames

July 9, 2010

A walk down the framing aisle of a department store reinforces the known expense of designer frames. Some small but beautiful frames costs $16 or more. However, they are easily made by both adults and children for minimal prices. The basic layout of the frame is tricky to make from scratch, but luckily plain frames are sold for $2. Purchase a basic frame at the store or a flea market and use its frame, hanger, and glass as the base for your new designer frame.

Naturally Beautiful

Try to bring some nature into your home with a frame. Children can collect non-perishable findings from the woods or yard, and with the help of a parent they can glue it to their frames.

Collect pieces of bark from a fallen tree and, using either hot glue or a thick craft glue, line the entire frame with it. Try either breaking it into smaller pieces or using larger ones to create two different looks. Then, add some other findings to a corner of the frame, making a corsage-like appearance. Add acorns and walnut shells, a small thick twig, or some pinecones to the collection.

Whether you're walking on the beach or rolling your pants up to walk in the stream, collect some small, smooth pebbles or small seashells. Then, create an entire frame of the stones and shells or decorate a plain frame with only a few of them. If you coat the frame in glue and then press it into some play sand, you'll have a nice beach scene on your frame.


After the spring storms have broken branches and scattered them around your yard, collect them while keeping an eye open for the perfect twigs to make a new picture frame. Break the twigs into the perfect length for your frame and glue them, side by side, over the entire frame. Either make the twigs follow the path of the frame or break them into tinier pieces and place them horizontally across the frame in an atomic clock style.

Feathery Fashion

With a bag of exotic bird feathers, a plain frame can become a fashion statement. Glue the feathers in an attractive pattern on your frame, following its original shape. Another option is to glue small feathers along the side and bottom of the frame and then add longer feathers to the top of the frame. Arrange them so they stick up like the fancy masks seen in costume stores and create an arched top to your frame.


Create a quilt pattern on your frame. First, cut some leftover fabrics into small one inch squares. Then, glue them onto the frame, overlapping them along the way. Try a formulated quilt pattern or a random crazy quilt pattern.

Nautically Knotted

Have an extra few feet of thick rope? Glue the rope in various fashions to the frame. Either follow the square path of the frame or swirl it around the edge. Add a few creative knots to the corners or at the base for visual interest.

If rope isn't your choice and ribbons give a more glamorous look that you love, try the same approach with scraps of satin ribbon.

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June 15, 2010

Transform an inexpensive picture frame into a beautiful handmade frame for a personal gift that is sure to please everyone.

Decorative Picture Frame

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August 17, 2009

Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy receiving these fun photo frames crafted from inexpensive acrylic frames and dimensional t-shirt paints.

Groovy Picture Frame Craft

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Kelli Mahoney
April 20, 2006

This is a fun photo frame to display your dog's picture, but keep it out of reach of any canine companion. My dogs have a liking for this frame, and I have caught them on occasion coveting the bones on the front.

Photo frame decorated with dog treats.

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June 3, 2009

Groovy frames for your groovy buddies. Cut out felt paper squares of different sizes.

Colorful picture frames

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February 24, 2009

I had a big bare spot between two windows in my family room. I went to Home Depot and purchased a packaged door frame kit which is much cheaper than buying framing at 2 or 3 dollars per foot.

wall frame

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July 22, 2013

Table wood frame with glass cover, picture size 4 X 6, hand painted and decorated with dry nature from my garden.

Photo frame with dried flowers.

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July 6, 2005

I am looking for decorations (skis, spurs, barb wire...etc ) for some old barn wood photo frames I bought. Does anyone know where I could purchase decorations for photo frames?



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July 7, 20050 found this helpful

I have frames that a router was used (or a dremel) which placed a groove in the frame on the front, all the way around and a rope was glued in place or a smaller barbed wire............ it really looks great!!! Hope this gives you some ideas. : )

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July 9, 20050 found this helpful

I recently saw some "fake" barbed wire at Hancock Fabrics. It was with the ribbon. You may have to ask. It was soft and bendable--no stuck fingers ;-))

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July 14, 2021

This is a fun, easy project for any family member. A great project for kids that allows them to express themselves and customize their favorite photos!

A finished foto frame.

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May 28, 2020

Learn how to make a folded decorative paper frame for a photo. This inexpensive craft is fun to make and you have a pretty frame for home or office display.


The folds on the back help it stand without an added frame stand.

Folded Paper Photo Frame - insert photo

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April 22, 2020

This pretty picture frame is perfect as a kids' craft for Valentine's Day. Inexpensive decorations are glued around a red paper plate with a window to display a photo or illustration.

Valentine's Day Hanging Picture Frame - finished hanging frame

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March 25, 2020

Paint a photo frame red and then decorate it with recycled CD hearts. Follow the link in the project for instructions.


It makes a fun gift. Everything you need to know can be found on this site.

Valentine's Day Picture Frame - man's photo in the finished frame

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July 5, 2017

Make your own picture frame from recycled items for a fun customizable craft project. There are so many different items that can be used; glass, plastic, metal, wood, cardboard. Use your imagination for a great gift or home decor.

A picture frame made from newspaper.

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May 19, 2013

Displaying family photos is a very personal way to decorate your home, but it can become expensive. This is a page about saving money on picture frames.

Picture Frames

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