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Make a Scrapbook Paper Frame with Mod Podge!

Learn how to decorate your own photo frame with a piece of scrapbook paper and Mod Podge! This is so easy, anyone can do it.

How to Decorate Your Own Photo Frame

I’m crazy about Dimensional Magic lately, and I’m using on everything. So you’re gonna have to bear with me; I hope I won’t burn you out. But I just had to show you how it can be used on stuff other than jewelry.

This damask decoupage frame is super easy (hello beginners!), and the kicker is that the Dimensional Magic is on the wood accent piece in the center. You may have to enlarge the photo to see the detail, but the raised DM finish looks really neat in real life.

Who is that charming little one in the DIY photo frame? You’ll just have to guess. In the meantime, here are the decoupage frame project instructions.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Frame

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$1 unfinished wood frame from Michaels

I love these Michaels frames. They are only $1! You could do a wall of them for so cheap.

Tracing a wood frame with a pencil on the back of scrapbook paper

Flip the paper, design side down, and trace the frame onto it with your paper.

Cutting scrapbook paper with a craft knife

Cut the paper – I always use a craft knife on the inside piece.

Painting the wood embellishment with aqua craft paint

Paint your wood accent with the color of your choice. I used Aqua. I hope you are super impressed with my photo “skillz” as I focus on my fingers rather than the wood piece. Allow to dry.

Adding Mod Podge to the front of a frame

Paint your frame edges and back with Parchment and allow to dry. Then add Mod Podge to the front of the wood frame and then smooth down the paper. Let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Add Mod Podge to the front of the scrapbook paper on the frame

I have a secret, which is that I love Satin Mod Podge. It’s my favorite finish – it’s the same finish as the Hard Coat, except the Hard Coat is super duper tough for heavily used items. Regular Satin Mod Podge works since this frame is meant to be displayed rather than beat up. Give your frame a few coats of decoupage and allow to dry.

Adding Dimensional Magic to the front of a wood embellishment

Apply Dimensional Magic to the wood accent. One thing I LOVE about DM is that it has great surface tension – meaning, it stays where you put it (as long as you don’t squeeze too much out).

My #1 tip for DM is that it likes to dry in a warm place. I always put it on top of the stove and away from the windows. If it gets cold, it will crack.

How to Decorate Your Own Photo Frame

Glue your wood piece to the front of your frame, add a picture, and you are ready to roll. Hello to an inexpensive gift idea.

Now that you know how to decorate your own photo frame, what pattern of scrapbook paper will you choose? Let me know in the comments!


Saturday 16th of June 2012

so Beautiful :) but no..its Perfect actually...

Mod Podge Amy

Sunday 1st of May 2011

Hi Lindsay! I actually got it from a craft giveaway pile, but I had an idea for how to recreate. I know Michaels has something similar in the dollar bin (that's a real frame) and you could just take the back out. I would also check the dollar store for something similar. :D


Sunday 1st of May 2011

Where did the little accent frame come from? I'm thinking of doing this for the table numbers at my wedding. The ornate-frame is a motif at my wedding. Thanks!



Sunday 17th of April 2011

LOVE IT! This one turned out really cute! Love the little frame in the middle. I hope you can stop by and link this up to my VIP party today!

Anu@My Dream Canvas

Saturday 16th of April 2011

This is awesome, hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.