Introduction to Homemade Picture Frames

By Dana Hinders , last updated January 18, 2012

If you’re an avid photographer, you probably have a large collection of photos to display in your home, and homemade picture frames can add a great personal touch to your photograph display. And since purchasing photo frames can be an expensive proposition, it’s also helpful to learn how to make your own picture frames. Homemade picture frames can be customized to fit both traditional and modern décor styles while saving you a substantial amount of money in the process.

Plain wooden picture frames are available at large craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels Crafts. These frames can be painted with acrylic craft paint and decorated with silk flowers, buttons, beads, seashells, or other embellishments to make for a customized home décor piece. Attach the items using a hot glue gun.

Clip boards can be used to make a cute photo display that can be changed on a whim. Pick up a clip board from your local dollar store, then use Mod Podge to decoupage it with patterned scrapbook paper in the design of your choice. Add stickers or rub-on letters if desired. Finish the frame by tying pretty ribbons to the metal clip.

If you prefer a modern look for your home décor, one easy way to make homemade picture frames is to insert your photos in empty glass jars and paint the lids with acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice. Look for jars in a variety of heights and widths to create the most interesting display.

Origami photo frames are fun to make, even if you’re a novice paper folder. With the patterned side of your paper face down, fold your paper in half horizontally and then vertically to create a folded cross in the middle. Fold up the edges of the paper about 1/4 of the way to the center. Turn the paper and fold each of the corners into the center. Flip the paper over once more and tuck your photo into the flaps.

These homemade picture frames are easy to make, less expensive than store bought frames, and will add style and personality to your photographs.

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