Sports craft: DIY picture frame

Any sports junkies in the house? This DIY picture frame is perfect for holding those youth sport photos or as a gift for the sports lover in your life.I used to play soccer in high school – I was on the varsity team as a freshman. What can I say, I really liked the knee socks! Mod Podge Walter made a themed DIY picture frame that commemorates the good ol’ days of my youth. It makes me want to play soccer again so I can wear those knee socks. But then I think about sweating it up in 90 degree (plus) southern weather every weekend for a game and you know what . . . I think I’ll leave my glory days in the past. Enjoy Walter’s tutorial below.

If you’re looking for a great gift idea for sports fans, then this project will be perfect. Here are the instructions.

Step 1:

Step 1Some of the basic supplies and tools you will need for this project:

  • Mod Podge Satin
  • Folk Art Paint (I used French Blue)
  • 1 piece of wood measuring 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 3/4″
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge Tools
  • Drill Press
  • Tape Measure or Ruler
  • Clip and small 3/4″ wood screw
  • Awl
  • Philips head screwdriver
  • Scissors and/or Kraft knife

Step 2:

Step 2Prime the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ x 3/4″ wood in Folk Art French Blue.
Let dry for 15 minutes.

Step 3:

Step3Decoupage to your liking/taste!
I used some wallpaper border for the front and back.
I also have a big collection of security envelopes that I felt would work well with this project.
I used a 3/4″ square paper punch to cut red and blue colors.
I then decoupaged the 3/4″ pieces to the sides alternating each color.
Let dry for 15 minutes.

Step 4:

Seal the entire piece with Satin FolkArt Varnish or Mod Podge. Let dry for 15 minutes.

Step4Then grab your Ruler and AWL.
Measure 3/4″ from the top and @ 2 1/4″ mark with Awl.
For the back 1/2″ from the bottom and mark @ 2 1/4″.

Step 5:

Step5Using a drill press, drill into marked spot 1/2″ deep.
I used a drill bit that was the same size as my dowel.
Use any size available.
TIP: Save the wood handle of any used foam brush for a dowel.

Step 6:

Step 6Now that the pieces are dry, marked and drilled:
Take the front side and insert a 3/4″ screw into the bottom hole of the clip.  Fasten the screw with a screwdriver through other hole on the clip (see photo).
Flip over and insert dowel – voila! Project complete.

Any sports junkies in the house? This DIY picture frame is perfect for holding those youth sport photos or as a gift for the sports lover in your life.I am using my DIY picture frame as a desktop photo holder. Though this is perfect for holding bills, coupons, gift cards and your to-do list. I will be listing this project to my Etsy shop too.

Well that’s it. Hope that you are having a great summer and keeping cool! We just survived Hurricane Irene, thank GOD no damages except a leaking roof and seven hour power outage. Though some of our neighbors still have no power, OUCH!


  1. ~The Bargain Babe says

    Super cute! I love finding crafty things that are for BOYS. (I have 3. Boys that is. :)

    My oldest doesn’t do soccer right now, but is into karate. I could make similar photo board for his room with a karate theme! Thanks for the idea!