Hang it in a place where you (or a friend) could use some encouragement.
Both the message at the bottom of the frame and the optional photo frame at the top can be interchanged! Rotate different thoughts or pictures on the frame for a new, fresh look whenever you’d like.
Here are some ideas of what you can do with this versatile “Picture/Message Frame”:
- For the perfect Mother’s Day gift, make a “Grow With Me” picture frame of a child. Place a recent photo in the frame and a fun message on the bottom (perhaps even a handwritten note from the child)? Or leave the bottom blank and fill in the space with scrapbook paper, flowers or other embellishments. Every few months (or perhaps once a year on Mother’s Day) give the recipient an updated photo of the child.
- Use the bottom panel to display a favorite scripture or saying you’d like to meditate on. Hang it in a place you see often in your home and interchange the words.
- How about using this frame to remember a special event or vacation? You could even glue a few small mementos on the bottom of the frame (shells, ticket stubs, etc) to add additional personalization.
- Family photos are great in here too! Spell your family’s last name in the chipboard letters and change the picture out regularly.
- What about giving this frame a seasonal look (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc) and hanging it on your front door?
- Or, ditch the bottom panel and just use the top part as an interchangeable frame! Make several and arrange on a wall for a beautiful picture collage.
The frame can be hung on a wall or even displayed over a window as part of the window treatment (this is how I’m going to use it). If using it as a window treatment, make enough for each window in the room for a unified look.
These are just a few options I thought of at 7:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning. I’d love to hear what you come up with!
Here’s what you’ll need:
11” x 12” wood picture frame (flat works best, but whatever you have available will work)
9” x 11” Laser cut photo frame
9.5” x 3” pine wood board
12” x 5” fabric or paper
9” x 2 ¼” burlap, or contrasting fabric or paper
E-6000 glue or other super strong adhesive
Ripped book pages (grab a novel from the dollar store)
Chipboard letters (I used glitter ones)
4’ ribbon, plus a few ribbon, jute or fabric scraps (I even used crepe paper too)
Photo mounting corners
Saying or scripture on a piece of paper (if using—mine ended up being 7”wide x 1.5” high)
Other embellishments such as flowers, rhinestones, glitter glue, etc. as desired
First, decoupage the flat frame with ripped pieces of book paper. To do this, rip the paper into interesting shapes and use the Mod Podge to glue them down. Don’t just lay the paper flat on the surfaces. Instead, wrap the paper around the edge of the frame. Work in sections and seal the top as you go with more Mod Podge.
Set the frame out to dry (lifting up one side so that it doesn’t stick to your surface).
While the frame is drying, paint the laser cut frame with craft paint. Mine became Robin’s Egg Blue.
Next, lay the wood panel on the reverse side of a piece of fabric or scrapbook paper. Trim to about one inch around the panel. Cut into the diagonals.
Fold the fabric/paper over the back of the panel, glueing as you go. Continue until the entire back of the panel is glued down taut.
Flip the panel over and glue on chipboard letters or decorate with other scrapbook materials (if you’re not putting on a scripture/saying or other words here). I positioned my chipboard letters slightly hanging off the bottom of the frame.
Next, glue the painted laser cut frame to the top of the decoupage frame. The laser-cut frame will be glued in the middle of the decoupage frame, hanging mid-air. I embellished the opposite corners of the frame with glitter chipboard flowers and blue rhinestones.
Cut four equal-length strips of ribbon. Position them over the front top corners of the covered wood panel, about half of the ribbon on the panel and half hanging off. This will be how the panel attaches to the frame. I used two different types of ribbon (a silver garland ribbon and jute) just to add contrasting textures. Glue the ribbon down using the E-6000 glue. Allow to fully dry.
While this is drying, print off the scripture or text for the panel. I created a 7” x 1.5” text box in Word and printed it off. Cut it out. Now, lay the text box on top of the wood panel and lightly outline its shape. Position the photo mounting corners in each corner of the text box. When you are happy with how they are positioned, press them down (use a little glue if desired).
If you’d like to use the top as an interchangeable photo frame as well, repeat the same procedure with the photo mounting corners. Grab a 5 x 7 photo and position it over the opening. Lightly mark the outline with pencil and then position the photo mounting corners. Press corners down (using glue if desired).
Lastly, attach the panel to the frame by tying the ribbon onto the bottom of the frame.
The last step is hanging! You can either hang it on two nails in the wall (putting the nails into the top corners) or by even stringing jute or ribbon through the top corners and hanging it in a window.
Enjoy! Where will you hang your frame?