Friday, November 27, 2009

Cheap and Chic Scrapbook Paper Frames...try saying that three times fast!

These DIY frames are cute, easy and fun to create. Best of all they make great gifts year round for any occasion. The style choices are endless since they are covered with scrapbook paper. I say there is a scrapbook paper out there to match anyones style.

* Unfinished wooden frame ( I purchased these from Michaels for $1.50, I think they are $1 in the States). These ones are 8 x 8.

* Scrapbook paper of your choice (I used My Minds
Eye Sweet Dreams Holiday Ave Collection)

* Mod Podge and foam brush
* Craft knife

* Sandpaper or sanding block ( I find a nail file can work in a pinch as well)

* Ink pad, stain or paint

* Embellishments (optional)

1. Start by taking the picture part out of your frame.
If you want the sides and back of your frame to be a certain colour then give them a nice coat of acrylic paint or stain them and let dry. Leave the front of the frame unfinished. For my frames I left them unstained until I stained them with my ink pad in a later step.

2. Next cover the front of the frame with a nice even layer of mod podge. Let that dry for a minute and add another layer. I think of the first layer as a primer so the second layer has something to stick too and not just soak into the wood.
3. Place your paper down onto the frame and press down, turn frame over and run a roller or credit card over the paper to smooth out any bubbles.
4. Turn over the frame and once paper has set (about 10 min), begin trimming the excess paper from around the frame and inside of the picture part. Don't worry if it's a bit sloppy, next we will be sanding the edges a bit.
5. Sand the edges of the frame as well as inside where the picture will go.
6. Once you are finished sanding you will be left with some white areas on the paper. Take your stain or ink pad and cover these areas. In order to get to the small tight areas on the picture part of the frame I dip some paper towel into my ink pad and then dab onto these hard to reach areas. Let the ink dry.
7. Lastly cover the front and sides of your frame with two coats of mod podge. I let the frame dry 10-15 minutes between each coat.

And there you have it some cheap and chic DIY frames. Have fun, and don't forget to make some for yourself. They look great in a set of three!!

Here's some pictures of the ones I made.


  1. WOW, they are really pretty!!

    Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

  2. Just saw your welcome comment over at SITS. Welcome! These are so cute. I have tons of these frames and scrap book paper and modge podge. I am trying these tomorrow.

    Holly @ 504 Main

  3. Hi Holly, thanks for stopping by. The frames are so fun, easy and pretty fast to make. A great project especially if your a busy mama. The most time consuming part is letting them dry. Im a new blogger and I'm thinking to myself why didnt I do this sooner? Im off to check out your blog!!

  4. Wow! I love those frames, they could be a little crafty activity to bond with the kids! Thanks for sharing!

    By the way, I just posted a cupcake birthday party I know you will love! Please take a look at it here!

  5. Sweetly Sweet, you were featured on Tomkat studio werent you? I recognize those pictures. You are very talented indeed. I absolutely love how everything turned out. I cant wait for my daughters second birthday ( we just had he first ...ha). I love to look all year to get ideas.

  6. Those are wonderful!!! I need to make some for my daughter's room - they would look great! Thank you! new follower from MBC - come and visit me!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are right - you are a super crafty mom! I love this! And I love Mod Podge! Isn't it great?

  8. Very cute!! Great job, gal!!

  9. They look beautiful and soooo shabby chic! You could sell those in a boutique for at least $18! Nice!

    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner?

  10. Oh, these are super chic! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Those are just adorable and what an awesome gift idea!

  12. These are adorable! I have seen them on other blogs but I love your step by step. I'm a beginner with crafts! I made something similar recently for our playroom and it was a learning process.

    question: do you use a brown ink pad? It looks brown in the pics and that seems to be more of a stained look.

    Nice job!

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