Sometimes it’s nice to mix up how we display our photos. Thankfully today we have more options than just using traditional picture frames. This easy Photo Frame Craft is a stylish way to display your favorite photos or printables. But most importantly, it’s stylish AND inexpensive to make.
Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, who I’ve followed for years, has been a huge help to so many up and coming bloggers like myself. When I finally got serious about starting this blog I found she had just started her daily live videos where she would share tips and encouragement. Talk about perfect timing. There’s so much to learn when you’re just starting out and she gave me the push I needed to really get going.
From time to time she puts out a little challenge and this month it’s a DIY Picture Frame. Go to her project here and you’ll find the rest of the creative projects linked at the bottom.
I’ve been wanting to make something with paint sticks for quite a while. It seemed every time I was at Home Depot I’d pic up a 10-pack so I had plenty. The ones you buy are much better quality than the free one’s they give away at the paint counter and they’re only $0.98 for the pack. I’m excited to show you this super easy project for displaying your pictures.
Photo Frame Craft Supplies
- 10 12″ Paint Sticks
- Glue Gun
- Pull Saw
- Stencil of your choice
- Round Foam Stencil Dobber
- 1″ Foam Paint Brush
- Country Chic Metallic Cream Paint in Trigger (this is similar)
- FolkArt Color Shift in Green Flash
- 2 12″ Clamps
Lay out 8 paint sticks and line up the bottom edges against a ruler or other straight edge. Gently clamp one end and then the other just until the paint sticks come together.
Use the pull saw, or even a sharp box knife, to cut two more paint sticks about 7.5″ long. These will hold your entire picture frame together.
Put a generous bead of hot glue on one of the cut paint sticks in an zig zag pattern the full width of the support stick.
Then quickly center it across the 8 paint sticks about 1/2″ below the slots where the paint sticks meet. Press firmly and hold for at least 30 seconds. Repeat with the second cut stick gluing the second one about 1″ from the bottom edge.
Make it Pretty
Paint the front side of the paint sticks with the metallic paint. You can choose whatever color paint you have or love, it doesn’t have to be metallic. For my paint stick photo frame I wanted to use this metallic cream paint because I love it and I still have a bunch left. I received it from the company as part of a furniture flip contest I did that they sponsored. It’s also what I used to jazz up the knobs on my daughter’s nightstand makeover.
After the paint dries pretty up your photo frame craft with a cute stencil. I bought a stencil when I made a drop cloth pillow and thought it would looked perfect. I held it in place with tape while stenciled.
If you’ve never stenciled before you want to put some paint on the brush or sponge and then blot it around on a paper plate to remove most of the paint. If you have too much on your brush it will glop on the edges of the stencil and might bleed under. You can always go back over it again with more paint. Less is more when it comes to stenciling.
I added a fun butterfly into the corner and then painted two tiny clothespins to hold the pictures. After everything is dry attach the clothespins with a tiny bead of hot gun. I measured the placement so there would be about 1″ above and below the picture, centering it under the slots between the paint sticks. This is perfect for a 5×7 but you could place yours anywhere you want to display smaller pictures or notes. In fact this would also make a great looking noteboard.
If you want to hang your new paint stick photo frame you can attach a picture hanger to the back with a little more hot glue. Or you can lean it against the wall on your desk, kitchen counter, or dresser.
I’m currently using mine in my kitchen to display this cute Spring Printable I made. If you’d like to receive this free printable you can sign up for my newsletter using the special link below (not the form at the end of the post) and you’ll receive an email with the download.
Free Printable Spring 2018
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I hope you enjoyed this easy craft for making your own picture frame. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be stylish. Let me know if you’ve ever made your own picture frame in the comments below. Or share a picture of yours on my Facebook Page.