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How to make a creative picture frame

Jen is a work-at-home mom to four who loves to craft and sew so much, sometimes she gives up sleep to have the time to complete projects. Check her out at fabricbliss.blogspot.com.

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Displaying family portraits is a sentimental way to capture and remember your family’s history. Sometimes, however, less formal snapshots -- that are easily changed around -- make a fun personal statement to decorate the walls of your home. Depending on the size of frame used, you can show off several 4x6 sized prints on clever clothesline ribbons, reflecting a current hobby, cherished family pets or a recent vacation.

Picture Frame Craft

You will need these supplies to make one clothesline style gallery frame:

  • Large, vintage frame (frame shown measures 14" x 16")
  • 2 Yards – ½" ribbon
  • Fabric, large enough to cover frame opening, plus 3" on each side
  • Rolled batting, large enough to cover frame opening plus 2" on each side
  • Heavy corrugated cardboard, cut 1/8" smaller than frame opening on all sides
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Paint, paintbrush, hot glue

Step one:

Clean and paint your frame. If your frame has glass or any backing material, this should be removed and carefully discarded.

Picture Frame

Step two:

Cover your cardboard backing piece in one layer of cotton batting and one layer of fabric and hot glue one side at a time. Tuck and glue corners as shown. Your fabric should be taut enough to avoid wrinkles, but use care to avoid bending your cardboard backing by pulling too tight.

Picture Frame

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