This simple decoupage frame makes an easy homemade gift idea and costs hardly anything to make.
The basic idea is to find a cheap photo frame with plenty of flat surface area and pair it up with a great piece of decorative paper (which you can find in most any craft store).
I used a piece of scrap book paper for this decoupage project, however, there are many types of paper you can rummage through when planning your project.
Try scrap book paper, paper sold for decoupage, gift wrapping paper, wall paper, magazine pages, pages from an outdated calendar... or any paper that won't bleed.
You can finish your simple decoupage frame by framing something beautiful, cute and/or meaningful to your gift recipient.
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: Although this frame came from the dollar store... 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.
Scissors, pencil, foam brush, wide soft paint brush, newspaper (to protect your work surface from glue and varnish), soft cloth or paper towel
It can be fun to embellish your picture frame further. The photo frame above has craft cord glued around the edge and around picture openings.
...and to the right is a simple decoupage frame with buttons glued in the center of each flower, to enhance the paper pattern.
You can embellish your frame further using things like buttons, sequins, beads, fake gems, glitter and other paper art embellishments.
...or leave your frame simple like this Quote-a-day frame I made for someone very special to me!
For the Photo and the 3 Single Word Quotes...
Above, I gave you a few ideas for what to frame. Now here's how I made the word quotes for this particular project.
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.
Whatever you decide to frame, I hope you enjoy creating your simple decoupage frame... and feel free to INSPIRE FORWARD by sharing a photo of your finished homemade gift in the HMGG gallery!