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21 DIY picture frame ideas

Use your crafty skills to protect those precious memories with the help of our list of the best DIY picture frame tutorials

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We’ve all got those shoe-boxes full of old photographs that are too precious for us to part with. But you don’t have to splash out on fancy frames to show them off, in fact there’s loads of DIY picture frame tutorials online to help you make funky frames on the cheap or by using some of your existing craft supplies. From simple cardboard frames to more skilled makes, projects for serious crafters and projects you can make with your kids – you’ll find a DIY picture frame tutorial for every level of crafter…and just in case you don’t have many craft supplies in your stash, we’ve thrown in a few DIY picture frame kits too!

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Easy pom pom picture frame tutorial

We’ve got a bit of a soft spot for pompoms, so of course we love this easy pompom picture frame tutorial from TheArtKitBlog. All you need is an old frame, some glue and some pre-made pompoms (or you can always make them yourself with a mini pompom maker!).

Find the Easy pom pom picture frame tutorial here


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Geometric picture holder tutorial

Give your desk a stylish makeover with this Geometric picture holder tutorial. All you need is to raid the shed for some off-cut blocks of wood and a clothesline peg, then with a bit of fancy painting you can turn those old scraps into modern stylish photo holder!

Find the Geometric picture holder tutorial here


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Mosaic picture frame kit

If you fancy a fun and crafty project, how about trying your hand at making mosaics? This Mosaic picture frame kit comes with everything you need to make a 6×4 picture frame, and you can choose the colours of your mosaic tiles too!

Buy the Mosaic picture frame kit on Etsy


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DIY twine wrapped picture frame tutorial

Here’s a fab tutorial that is a simple way to take an old picture frame and give it an amazing transformation with some simple twine. You could even switch the twine for some funky multi-coloured yarn!

Find the DIY twine wrapped picture frame tutorial here


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Clothesline-style upcycled picture frame tutorial

If you’ve got a picture frame where the glass is cracked – all is not lost. You can always re-use that frame with this clothesline-style picture frame tutorial. The pegs mean it’s easy for you to switch and swap photo’s, and it would also make a great message board too!

Find the Clothesline-style upcycled picture frame tutorial here


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Free crochet picture frame patterns

For those of you who know how to crochet (or want to learn), then these free crochet picture frames are a sweet way of displaying your favourite images. They’re crocheted around a thin metal bangle bracelet which helps to give you that perfect circular shape, and there’s 3 different designs to choose from!

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Lego Dots picture frame kit

If you’re looking for DIY picture frame kits that your kids will absolutely LOVE, then you’ve got to check out this Lego Dots picture frame kit! The kit contains everything you need to make 3 picture frames plus loads of funky lego tiles to allow your child to unleash their creativity!

Buy the Lego Dots picture frame kit from John Lewis

If you’re looking for some fun projects to help you reuse and recycle, then check out our list of 51 sustainable DIY and crafts projects. You’ll find loads of fun ideas, from DIY cotton makeup pads to milk carton lanterns!

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DIY rustic wall hanging picture frame tutorial

We love the rustic style of this hanging picture frame! This tutorial shows you how to use Modge Podge to attach your photo to a piece of canvas, which works brilliantly with the distressed wooden hanging frame.

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How to make bottle photo frames

If you’re looking for a quick way to display your photos, how about displaying them in glass bottles. It’s super-simple, and looks great when used with a range of different styles of bottle.

Find here How to make bottle photo frames tutorial here


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DIY tea light picture frame tutorial

For those of you who are comfortable with some basic woodwork skills, you could try this DIY tea light picture frame tutorial from ABeautifulMess. The sunken tea lights add a lovely effect to these box-style frames, although we’d personally use the suggested electric tea-lights just to keep things safe!

Find the DIY tea light picture frame tutorial here


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Create your own photo frame kit bundle

If you like the idea of creating your own box frame but don’t have the woodworking skills, then you could always try this create your own photo frame kit from The Works. With wooden letters and a range of sparkly jewels, it’s perfect for making a custom picture frame that would make a fabulous gift.

Buy the Create your own photo frame kit bundle from The Works


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Tissue paper picture frame tutorial

Here’s another picture frame tutorial that would be a great project to try with the kids. With the help of some simple tissue paper shapes you can transform a plain picture frame into a geometric statement piece!

Find the Tissue paper picture frame tutorial here


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Paper photo frame crafts for kids tutorial

We’re going into a run of fab kids crafts projects now, and this paper photo frame is a fun project for children of all ages. With some simple papercraft techniques and a bit of glue you can create this simple but fun frame, which is topped off beautifully with some hand-made paper roses!

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Scratch art picture frames

Kids will love creating their own designs with these fantastic scratch art picture frames – all they have to do is scratch onto the coated surface to reveal the rainbow colours beneath! They also come as a pack of 8 (or even a pack of 32), so they can really have fun creating a range of designs!

Buy the Scratch art picture frames from Baker Ross


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K’nex hanging picture frame tutorial

If your kids have got some K’nex hanging around that are no longer being played with, why not challenge them to get creative and try this hanging picture frame tutorial.

Find the K’nex hanging picture frame tutorial here

Love crafty projects but not sure what to try next? Then check out our list of 100 free craft projects and get inspired! And if you’re looking for a craft project to make with your kids, then you’ll love our 41 easy pipe cleaner crafts for adults and kids!

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Birch frame with floating photos tutorial

For those of you who have an appreciation for all things natural, this Birch frame with floating photos tutorial is a great project you can make with some basic materials. It’s amazing how some simple sticks and a bit of fishing wire can make such an interesting picture frame!

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Kids cross stitch photo frame kits

These cross stitch photo frame kits are designed for kids – but we think crafty adults would love them just as much. These wooden frames with pre-drilled holes make it easy to make your own custom cross stitch designs.

Buy the Kids cross stitch photo frame kits from Baker Ross


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Very easy cardboard photo frame tutorial

We’re big fans of using recycled materials in our crafty projects, so the idea of making a cardboard photo frame is right up our street. This simple tutorial shows you the basics of making a standing cardboard frame, which you can then embellish with beads, ribbons or any other crafty bits and bobs from your stash!

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Designer cardboard photo frame tutorial

If you fancy taking your cardboard crafting skills to the next level, then check out some of the amazing designs in this cardboard photo frame tutorial. This mega tutorial gives you loads of tips and tricks on how to make cardboard picture frames and how to use corrugated cardboard to create fantastic textured designs.

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DIY floral photo frame from a hula hoop tutorial

Here’s a fun photo frame make that we think would be perfect for weddings and other celebrations where you want to share precious memories. With an upcycled old hula-hoop, some pretty ribbons and fake flowers, it makes a fantastic centre-piece!

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How to turn old cd’s into mosaic photo frames

Everybody has some old cd’s gathering dust (especially in these days of downloads), so why not repurpose them and give them new life as a funky mosaic photo frame. This tutorial also includes tips on how to use dimensional fabric paint to fill in those gaps in your mosaic which really helps to finish off the project!

Find the How to turn old cd’s into mosaic photo frames tutorial here

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of DIY picture frame ideas. If you’re looking for more fun projects, you’ll find loads of inspiring makes in our arts and crafts section!