Shabby Chic Picture Frame Tutorial

Well hello there! I hope you’re staying warm this morning. I’m trying, but it’s so cold (6 degrees…..unnatural), and my furnace is not able to keep up too well. I knew there was a reason I keep buying blankets. They’re coming in handy right now. 😉

Anyway, I am finally getting you the promised picture frame tutorial. Once again, I am so sorry that it took me this long to get it to you. I will try my hardest not to let it happen again. So without further ado, I present to you, the Shabby Chic Picture Frame!

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Doesn’t it look so nice with the candlelight there? I have an obsession with candles, and I will put them anywhere I can find a place. Just a forewarning–you’re liable to see candles in with future projects as well.

Okay, so you want to make one of these adorable picture frames, too? Well, the first thing you have to do is gather your supplies.

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You’re going to need:

  • A picture frame (for this project, the wider the edges, the better). It doesn’t have to be a wooden one, but that’s what I went with. I got this one from Michaels for less than $2.
  • Scrapbooking paper. Any design/colors/pattern you want. I love the colors in this one, and the patchwork like design. It goes beautifully in my living room.
  • Sissors and/or an Exacto knife to cut the paper with
  • Mod Podge. What you see pictured is the sampler pack of Mod Podge that I picked up from Michaels. For this project, I used the matte formula. If you want a shinier finish, use the gloss formula.
  • A paintbrush to apply the Mod Podge with.
  • Paint and another paintbrush (optional), if you want to paint the edges of the frame.

Alright, now that you have your supplies together, let’s get started. The first thing you need to do is measure out your paper so you have enough to fit your frame.

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I did this by laying the paper over the frame and tracing the outline of the interior (where the picture goes) with a pencil. Looking back, I should have used an Exacto knife to cut with, but oh well. I ended up getting a more patchwork like finish to my frame, which, in this particular case, worked out nicely.

After you get the paper cut, lay it out on the frame to make sure it looks like you want it to before you start Mod Podging your little heart out. Always, always, always look at your project before you start gluing. You want to make sure it’s what you want.

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Doesn’t that look pretty? 🙂

I wasn’t originally going to do any painting on the frame, but after getting my paper down, I thought the edges looked weird without any color to them, so I decided to go with this beautiful sage green color paint. I can’t remember the exact name of the color off the top of my head, though. If you want to know, leave me a message in the comments and I’ll get the information for you.

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If you are going to paint the frame, do so before Mod Podging the paper to it. You don’t want to get paint on your awesome paper! Paint the frame, and let it dry. If you do just the edges, like I did, it shouldn’t take long to dry at all. Maybe 20-30 minutes at the absolute most. I think I let mine dry for about 20 minutes just to be sure that it was completely dry.

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Now it’s time to finish! Lay your paper back on your frame, double checking to make sure everything is like you want it. Then start Mod Podging your little heart out! To be sure that the paper will stay, apply the Mod Podge to the frame and/or back of the paper first, lay the paper down on the frame, then apply the Mod Podge to the top. This ensures that the paper will stay on the frame, and it seals it so nothing happens to the paper. You don’t want all this hard work on your beautiful frame to be for nothing, do you?

Once you’ve Mod Podged, and it’s dry, you have a beautiful new, one-of-a-kind frame ready for use!

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Just add a picture, find a home for it, and there ya go! A new addition to your home that didn’t cost you a lot of money! 🙂

I would love to see pictures of the frames you lovlies decide to make. Leave them in the comments, or post them on Twitter or Instagram and tag me! And if you post on Instagram, use #saagp to let people know you got your inspiration from here! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

Stay warm!

Your Georgia Peach

-Amanda