Post by Stephanie Murn
One of the things that makes a space unique are pictures. Over the past several years and vacations, I have collected a great number of photos. Photos of family, friends, and things that inspire me. When I went shopping for frames to hang these most important pictures up, I found that it was almost impossible to find something truly unique and almost more impossible to find something that didn’t cost a fortune. On top of that, I wanted the flexibility to hang as many or as few of my photos at one time as I wanted. So, after searching and never finding quite what I wanted, I gave thought to making my own photo frame. This was a project that was easy and fun, plus it was relatively inexpensive. This article will give you the details on how to create your own picture frame from an old window frame.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find your basic necessity for this project, the window frame! Try checking out thrift stores and local flea markets for materials first. The typical weekend yard sales can often stretch your dollar for the most unique items. Usually you can find a bargain, especially if a piece needs a little TLC. I found my window frame at our local antique mall for less than ten dollars. Like I said before, don’t worry if it’s a little beat up or needs work, we’ll get to that later.
Your next step is to decide what colors or patterns you want the outside of your window frame to be. For my frame I used black acrylic paint and patterned duct tape. Once You get all your materials together, prep your workspace and the window fame. Sand down any parts that will be painted or decorated as well as any pieces that seem to be loose or broken. I found it helpful to wash my frame down as well to get any dirt off before I started working on painting. Once everything’s prepped, get to decorating!
After you have painted and covered your picture fame, it’s time to get started on your pictures. I laid all of my photos out on top of the frame, several times, before deciding the best order for them. After the pictures were the way that I wanted them, I flipped my window frame over and, using a straight edge and black paint, I outlined areas for my photos to be displayed. This gave my photo frame a finished and polished look. Another idea for outlining your pictures would be to use heavy card stock or decorative paper. Depending on the size of the frame, it would be possible to use several different patterns or colors for this step.
Before you finish, you’ll want to mount your pictures to the frame. The easiest way I found to do this, was to use small pieces of tape to attach the pictures to the outlined areas. Doing this kept all my pictures straight and ensured that they stayed where I wanted them.
At this point, you can finish the frame by using something for the backing. For the back of my picture frame, I chose a piece of heavy craft paper. This can be found at your local Michael’s Craft store. If you don’t have any of this on hand, a good sized piece of brown packing paper could also be used to finish off your frame. Using a staple gun, pull the paper tight and attach it to the back of the window.
Finally, its time to add your hardware. Be sure to attach the necessary amount of hooks and brackets to the back of your frame to ensure that it will be as sturdy as possible when hung.
Last but not least show off your memories! Regardless of your decor, do it yourself projects can add just the right touch to your space while being affordable and representing your flare and personality. This easy DIY picture
frame is an easy and fun project that can be done on the tightest of budgets!