How to Decorate Wooden Picture Frames

Updated February 21, 2017

Save money by decorating wooden picture frames to create a personalised look. Start with an inexpensive wood craft frame, or use a vintage frame you've had in storage. Cover nicks and scratches with decorative items to breathe new life into the worn frame. Design a one-of-a-kind frame as a thoughtful birthday or holiday gift. You can also embellish a frame to create a cheap and chic decor item for your own home.

Choose a wooden picture frame to decorate. Pick a smooth, finished, textured, plain or ornate frame depending on your preference. Try a whitewashed frame to create a beach-inspired look, or an ornately carved frame for an opulent style.

Select embellishments to enhance the frame. Choose flat-backed glass or plastic gems, sequins, seashells, sea glass, faux feathers, glass or mirror mosaic pieces or polished stones to create a customised look.

Glue the embellishments onto the wooden frame. Use a hot glue gun to attach the gems, stones, seashells or any other item to the frame. Grasp small items with tweezers while applying the hot glue to avoid contact with the adhesive. Place the embellishments all over the perimeter of the frame, or just in the corners. Enhance the entire frame with just one item, such as sequins to create a glamorous style. Create a beach-themed frame by attaching a combination of seashells and vibrant sea glass.

Enhance the frame with words and phrases. Use letter and number-shaped stencils, a small brush and craft paint to create a special message, such as "I love you," on the frame if you intend to give it as a gift. Decorate a frame with a friend or loved one's name, the date of a wedding or birth, a short poem or a meaningful phrase. Use the paint and stencils alone or in combination with embellishments such as gems or stones.

Fill the decorated frame with a personal photos or design. Choose a sentimental photo if presenting the frame as a gift. Create an artistic look by placing a vintage postcard or a small piece of hand-painted artwork in the frame.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden picture frame
  • Embellishments, such as seashells and gems
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tweezers
  • Stencils
  • Small paintbrush
  • Craft paint
  • Photograph, postcard or artwork
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About the Author

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.