A Chance to Use That Fancy Paper! Make a Simple Decoupage Frame for an Easy and Cheap Homemade Gift Idea!
This simple decoupage frame makes a super quick and easy homemade gift and costs hardly anything to make.
The basic idea is to find a cheap frame with mostly flat surface area and pair it up with a great piece of decorative paper (which you can find in most any craft store).
Try using patterned scrapbook paper (like you see to the right), decoupage paper, gift wrapping paper, wall paper, magazine pages, pages from an outdated calendar, or any paper that won't bleed.
Supply Sources: For this decoupage project, the photo frame came from the $1 dollar store and the decorative paper came from a local craft store for less than $.50. The photo frame inserts were printed on a home printer (more about that in Step 6 below).
Note: Other places to find thrifty photo frames include craft stores, yard sales, discount stores, sales and your own garage, where you might have set aside a less than gorgeous frame waiting for a makeover...
How to Make a Simple Decoupage Frame
Scissors, pencil, foam brush, wide soft paint brush, newspaper (to protect your work surface from glue and varnish), soft cloth or paper towel
Optional Embellishing. This frame has craft cord around the edge of the frame and inside the picture openings. Embellish your simple decoupage frame as desired or not at all...
For the Photo and the 3 Single Word Quotes. This simple decoupage frame can be given as is, with printed photographs in place or with printed words and/or graphics (any of these options makes a fun homemade gift.
The photo of a Tulip you see in the featured frame came from stockvault. It's easy to use your own pictures but when you are in a hurry or in need of a printable photo, website like these can be very handy.
The photo was printed on a cream colored linen-textured paper along with the words "Love" "Joy" and "Peace" using the font Harrington. They were then cut to size and inserted in the frame like you would photographs.
Tip: This can be done using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word (or Open Office for a free alternative) or a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop.
Here's a similar decoupage frame, featuring changeable inspirational quotes...
Happy Crafting, Happy Gifting!
Feeling creative? You may also like to get crafty with beads and make this beaded charm card for a great birthday card, a sweet Mother's Day card or even a thank you card, customize colors and beads as desired, the circle in the middle is simply a key chain ring...
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