DIY woodgrain heart frame

DIY woodgrain heart frameI’ve been sharing projects with my new Mod Podge Rocks stencils with you lately, and today I’m sharing one that I love – because it’s so easy to make and because it uses my favorite stencil from the line: woodgrain! Shhh . . . don’t tell anyone that I have a favorite. It’s like picking a favorite child! Actually, my favorite depends on the day – I love them all. But the woodgrain is perfect for this project, since my inspiration for this Valentine’s Day frame was a heart carved in a tree. I went with brown paint and brown sand, and this frame was made in minutes. AND you can keep it out all year because it doesn’t scream teddy bears throwing up pink glittered hearts. You are welcome for the visual. Here’s how I made this frame.

PS – My stencils are releasing in Michaels this week. Please check them out – and the entire NEW Mod Podge endcap!

Gather These Supplies

Heart-shaped picture frame – $1 at Michaels
Mod Podge Rocks! Peel & Stick Stencils – Wood Grain
Mod Podge Gloss
Mod Podge Spouncers
Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic Paint – Vanilla Bean
Sand in the color of your choice (I used brown)

IMG_3096Here’s the heart frame I purchased. These babies are only $1! I should have stocked up.

IMG_3097Paint your frame using the Vanilla Bean. I did about three coats (front and back) and let it dry. Then I decided on where I wanted the stencil. I put the woodgrain pattern straight across the front of the frame, four times. I started with the knot to the right of the heart.

Tip when using the Mod Podge Rocks stencils: carefully peel the stencil from the backer and place down on the frame; smooth.

IMG_3106Use the spouncers to apply Mod Podge to the stencil. Do a medium layer; work quickly so that the Mod Podge doesn’t dry. Be careful not to get the Mod Podge over the edge (to the left or right of the stencil; you can use use stencil tape if you need too). Remove the stencil and sprinkle sand on top of the Mod Podge.

Dump the sand off onto a piece of paper (so that you can pour back into the packet/container).

IMG_3107Repeat the process with the remaining woodgrain – being careful not to disturb the work you’ve already done. I waited about 30 minutes before repeating the pattern.

Let the Mod Podge dry completely, and then use a paintbrush or a similar tool to remove the excess sand from the surface. Just brush gently.

Another pro tip for you: to prolong the life of your stencil, wash it immediately and return to the backer after use.

How to decorate a frame using a woodgrain stencilThis frame LOOKS LIKE IT WAS CARVED FROM WOOD! Okay, not really, but I love the effect. You can do it with glitter too, but I love the subtlety of the sand. Now what else can I woodgrain?


  1. Cat says

    I’m with you on the teddy bears and hearts. This would be great all year, and for male or female owner, and the photo. Really handsome. And easy!!!

  2. Tina R. says

    Um, yes, thank you for the visual….one I will not be repeating on my frame! Great project and I can think of so many things I want to do this on. Just curious can you use stencil paste with these stencils?