If you've ever in your life stepped into a craft store, then I know you've seen those inexpensive wooden frames in the unfinished wood section. Would you believe that this is the first time I've ever bought and decorated one myself? It's true. I don't know why, but they've never appealed to me before . . . until I bought this gorgeous handmade paper from Papersource. This paper was just begging to be Mod Podged onto an unfinished frame . . . and I LOVE the results! Here's how to make this DIY photo frame.
- Mod Podge Matte
- Unfinished Wood Frame
- Fabric or Felt for a Bow (optional)
Step 1: On the back of your paper, trace your frame (both the outside and the opening where the photo goes). I found this gorgeous metallic gold, cream and gold paper from Papersource, but you can use any scrapbook or wrapping paper you'd like for this. Cut out your shape.
Step 2: Apply Mod Podge to your frame. Lay your paper over the Mod Podge and press to adhere. It helps to use a decoupage brayer or even a credit card (something with a flat edge) to help press your paper onto your frame. But even if your paper wrinkles a bit, don't worry about it–it's hard to see and helps add a bit of character to your finished product.
Step 4: You'll see that I had a length of cream canvas in the “materials” photo, but I wasn't happy with how the cream bow looked with the frame, so I went for gray felt instead. Sometimes you just have to try different materials to see what you like best! My felt piece was 3″ x 6″, and I folded it accordion style and hot glued the ends together. I then took a piece of gold ribbon and wrapped it around the middle. I hot glued the bow to the frame and that was it!