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Crafty: DIY Picture Frames

I wanted to get a few picture frames for the Christmas pictures that I posted here, but then I thought, “why not make them myself?”.  I thought I could paint them then maybe use scrapbook embellishments to dress them up a little.  Easy enough, right?  But then I remembered a tutorial that I saw on the internet a while back where you used Mod Podge to decorate the frames with scrapbook paper.  I had never used Mod Podge before and decided this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

What you will need:

wood picture frame (normally $1 at Michael’s)

Piece of scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Foam paint brush


X-acto knife

Sand paper or nail file

Cutting pad/board

Step 1 – With the foam brush, paint the back side of the picture frame, along with the outer edges and the edge inside picture window.  You do not need to paint the front of your frame, because that will not be visible (you are about to cover it with paper).   You want to pick a paint color that compliments your scrapbook paper.  Allow paint time to dry.  I originally tried to do this on newspaper, but the paper stuck to my frame and I had to start over.  I then decided to grab some cans from the pantry and keep the frame elevated while it was painted and drying.

Step 2 –  Cut the scrapbook paper down to the size of the frame.  You don’t want to cut it to the exact size of the frame, leave a little extra paper on each of the sides.  Don’t cut out the middle (picture window).  This isn’t a necessary step, but cutting it down made it much more manageable than using the entire 12×12 sheet.

Step 3 – Paint the front of your frame with a thin layer of Mod Podge, using the foam brush.

Step 4 – Place your piece of scrapbook paper on table, design side down.  Place the frame, Mod Podge side down, on top of the piece of scrapbook paper, so you are gluing the two together.  Press down firmly.

Step 5 –  Turn the frame and paper over so you are looking at the front of the frame.  Rub the edge of a credit/debit type card (AAA card, hotel key card, library card, whatever you’ve got) along the front of the frame, so as to press out any bubbles that may be trapped underneath.

Step 6 – Allow Mod Podge time to dry.  About an hour, maybe less.  Place frame on the cutting pad/board and use the xacto knife to trim down the excess scrapbook paper, but don’t worry if you can’t get it perfect.  Rub the sand paper or nail file along the edge of the frame to trim down the excess paper.

Step 7 – Using the foam brush, cover the front and sides of the frame with Mod Podge.  It may look white at first, but don’t worry, it will dry clear.  Allow time to dry.Viola!  Beautiful frames!
I absolutely love how these came out and I can’t believe that I made them.  I have seen frames exactly like this in gift stores for $9+, but I made them for about $2.  I wish I had done this project a little sooner, they would have made great gifts for the grandparents or teachers at the girls’ daycare.  I see grandparent gifts in the near future!

Have you ever worked with Mod Podge before?  I hadn’t.  After this experience, I’m just going to come right out and say it – ModgePodge is my new BFF.  The possibilities are endless.