My Picture Frame Transformation

Happy Winter Storm Day!  We have another winter storm going on in the south.  The snow is starting to stick, and I’m pretty sure the weather man said there would be no accumulation.  Oh well, that is why I wouldn’t any plans around his predictions.

My oldest daughter has no school.  I don’t know about you, but I relish the thought of having them all safe at home.  I fully intend to enjoy the pretty view from the window, maybe have another cup of coffee, and relax a bit while they are all getting along. 

Alright, so I have this DIY decor project that I finally finished up today.  I took it upon myself to switch up the “dance during naptime” routine, and finally do something about my poor abused picture frame.

I had this white 12×12 frame from IKEA, which met the misfortune of having a tall friend bump it off of the wall.  (I’m not mad, Mish!)  The glass broke, but the wooden frame survived.  It had my first black and white picture from a trip to Massachusetts.  Don’t worry –  The picture has a new home.

It’s only natural that I kept the broken frame for a future idea I may or may not have.  I thought I might be able to use it one day.  For something.  Or toss it.  But hopefully the former.

Well, the day has finally come!  And I can finally be happy with its transformation.

Let’s get started.  Here are all of the supplies I used to transform my frame:

  • Mod-Podge
  • brush
  • decorative paper
  • canvas


This canvas was going to be displayed in our living room on the faux sofa table.  It would mesh well with everything in the room, because it played with the natural colors and the blues seemed to compliment the brown of our micro-suede sectional.  At least in my eyes, I liked this look.

I played with the square papers, but then these thin paper strips have been sitting in my craft closet for quite some time.  They looked lonely.  Since the day my best friend donated them to me (she’s so nice and knows me all too well) I have been trying to use them for something big.

I took them off the bench, so-to-speak, for this project.

If you haven’t used Mod-Podge before, it’s not like a typical glue.  You use it while it’s wet, but not too much or your paper (for this project) will end up with bubbles, wrinkles, feel lumpy, etc. 

My technique may be different than what you might read elsewhere.  Whatever works for you.  I spread out a good thin layer of the glue on the canvas and carefully placed one strip down from the center and smoothed it out onto the canvas.  Using my fingers, I made sure to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles and made sure the paper was flush with the canvas edge.  The paper wanted to curl up a bit so I kept pressing and kneading until it lay completely flat.  I pushed out excess glue in some areas, and brushed it down onto the canvas where the next paper would be placed.

This process was repeated for each strip of paper until the canvas was completely covered.  I took my time and really lined up the paper edges to make it look as seamless as possible.  I think I did an alright job, with the exception.

You can see in the picture above that I had a thin area of canvas showing on one edge.  Had I taken the time to measure, and mark, and then start this project, I probably could have avoided that.  I was perfectly fine with that showing since it was going right into the frame.  You can’t even see it now.

Plus it was nap time, and you might know what I mean when I say “I don’t have time for measuring!”  At least not in with this project.

The canvas fit perfectly back into the frame.  It was a little thicker than I expected though.  I left off the frame backing (which I may have another project for) and now the newly framed canvas leans up against the wall.

I took a wooden W that I happened to pick up at Walmart (for some random future DIY project I had yet to figure out, ha!) and painted it red.  I used a trick I found on Pinterest, which I can’t find now, and put push pins on the back so the letter was raised while I painted.

I loved how it popped against the patterned paper of the canvas.

After playing around with the placement of the W…

…a lot…

…and toying with the idea of adding some decorative stones… 

…I decided to just kept it simple.  No need to try too hard, right?

The completed project is actually quite pleasing to my eye.  I’m tickled that this frame finally has good use for a decorative piece in the house again.  I do hate to see something go to waste, especially when I can be so non-committal about projects. 

Three things you should never feel guilty for buying:  
Mod-Podge, glue sticks, pretty paper

How about you?  What have you mod-podged lately?  I’d love to hear about it and/or visit your post!

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