DIY whimsical wooden frames

Those wooden frames photographers sell are gorgeous.  And if you have $100 to spend on one frame, I highly recommend them!  But I don’t.  And I’m betting you probably don’t either.  I wanted to make some frames myself inspired by Organic Bloom and Poppy Tree frames.  This is what I came up with, and I’m really happy with them!  I searched on Ebay for unfinished wooden plaques, and I found these:

The ones on the right are 12X16 and 10×14, and the fancy one on the left is 12×18.  They were about $3-4 dollars apiece, and they combine shipping.  

I spray painted them with Valspar spray primer, Lowe’s, about $4 a can, and then spray painted them with Valspar satin spray paint.  These are for my daughter’s room, so I used pink and brown to match her room. 


Put picture frame hangers on the back before you layer them- I didn’t and was afraid I was going to damage them.  They have the self- leveling ones with the little teeth at Lowe’s, very inexpensive.  After the hangers are on them, layer the smaller plaque on top of the larger plaque, using wood glue to hold them together.  Let dry.  Lay the photo you are using on top of the frame and see if you need to cut it down.  I used 8X10’s on these and cut them down to about 7X9’s.  Sorry, I got lazy about taking pics of the step by step, but I think it’s pretty easy!  Now paint a layer of Mod Podge on your plaque, and place your photo on top of it.  Try to place it where you want it, you can slide it a little bit after you’ve placed it but not much because the Mod Podge glue is pretty strong. That’s all!  I did not do another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photos, but you could.  Here is my finished project hanging in my daughter’s room. Photo credit for the photo on the left – my great friend Sarah at SBG Photography.



For the stripes, I painted it pink, then used tape to mask off the stripes and painted it brown, then removed the tape after it was dry. 




For the polka dot one, I painted it pink, then after it dried I placed pennies around the edges and painted it brown.  Round stickers would work too, but I didn’t have any, so I used what I had!  I should have placed the pennies closer to the edge so more dots would show. 

 This one is just one layer, and it has two 5x7s on it.

  The whole project- including prints, paints, and plaques, was about $42, and I have paint left over to make more.  I want to experiment with different color combinations now!  I was worried about how the photos would look on top of the plaques- but they honestly look exactly like they are in frames unless you get very close. 

This is one of the reasons I love to give CDs with my sessions- I want you to be able to play with your photos and have fun!  If you bought a $50 8×10 from a photographer you might not want to glue it to a board.  I don’t want your photos to be like fine china you can’t touch!  Have fun with them, and when you want to change the photos, just glue another one on top.  8X10’s from Mpix are only about $2 apiece!

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