With only a few days until Christmas, you might be scrambling to find some last minute gifts. Well look no further! Each year I make some festive (and inexpensive) holiday photo frames to give to my friends and family. Below is the step-by-step guide so you can recreate this lovely holiday keepsake for the people in your life.
Supplies: Favorite photo, unfinished wooden frame, paint or wood stain, paint brush, scissors, glue gun/hot glue, ribbon, gems, Christmas bow, sand paper (optional)
While you may have most of these items already in your home, you’re probably going to need to go out and buy the unfinished wooden frame. You can find these at most craft stores for only a dollar! I like to buy the thick 3.5 in. x 3.5 in. frames because they have more room for decorations, but it’s really a matter of preference. Most craft stores will have a variety of sizes to choose from.
1. Remove the cardboard backing and use it to trace/cut out the perfect holiday photo to fill the frame. Glue the photo to the cardboard backing to keep it from bending and put aside.
2. (Optional) Smooth out any rough patches using the sandpaper. This will make the paint or stain go on smoother and leave the frame looking much neater.
3. Paint or stain your frame. I decided to paint this frame white simply because I had some extra white paint lying around my house. Let your imagination run free and pick any color you want. Another option is to stain the frame using wood stain. This method gives the frame a slightly more natural look. Once painted or stained, let the frame dry overnight.
4. Time to put those kindergarten skills to the test! Cut four pieces of your ribbon to match the length and width of your frame and glue them to the frame in an intersecting pattern. Next, glue on the Christmas bow just below the photo opening as you would a Christmas wreath.
Note: Take it from someone who’s had her share of crafting injuries; be careful when you’re using the glue gun. They call it hot glue for a reason!
5. Decorate the frame by gluing on some colored gems. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as too many gems, so make that frame sparkle and shine! I used a green shimmer ribbon and red and yellow gems to make this year’s frame extra glam, but you can tone yours down by using buttons and velvet ribbon instead. Try to channel the style of the person who is receiving your gift and go from there.
6. Glue the stand to the frame. These frames come with a small peg stand that rests in a hole in the back of the frame. I always have issues with the peg falling out and getting lost, so while the glue gun is on, save yourself some trouble and just glue it into place.
7. Finally, insert the photo and give the holiday frame to someone special this year! They’re sure to love this adorable and thoughtful gift. After all, you did make it yourself, you crafty girl!
Kimberly D. Horner recently graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in journalism and professional writing. She dreams of moving to New York City and fulfilling her life-long dreams of becoming a dog owner and having a paying job. When she isn’t curled up reading the works of Jane Austen or hunched over her desk writing at 3 a.m., she can be found on the stage – acting, directing, or designing costumes. Some of her favorite things include: Earl Grey tea, naps, Sherlock Holmes, tie-dye cupcakes, the musical My Fair Lady, and actress Lucille Ball. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @KimberlyDHorner or read about her vaguely interesting life on her website.