Make your Own Baby Photo Frame

by Amanda F Posted on January 18, 2011

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This adorable frame can be customized to any color scheme. Once you find out the new mom’s colors, you can make this sweet gift she will truly cherish. If you like this frame, you might also like the Love Blocks I made to go with it. You can also use fabric instead of paper, like I did with this Decoupage Monogram Frame project!

To make this baby frame you will need:

square wooden frame
decorative paper (two different patterns, I used circles and checks)
pink paper
3/4″ wide baby green ribbon
1/4″ wide brown ribbon
12″ x 1″ strip of burlap
1″ wide button
white thread and needle
alphabet tiles to spell out “BABY”
white craft glue
paintbrush
water
scissors
brown paint (antiquing gel is better if you have it!)
sandpaper

Make a photocopy of the frame, cut out the copy of the frame to use as a pattern. Trace the pattern onto the patterned paper you want to be the main background (I chose the circles).

Cut out the patterned paper frame, then cut off about 1/4″ all the way around the outside and the inside of the frame shape.

Next, position the paper frame on top of the wooden frame. Eyeball it, then trim where needed. Mix some white craft glue and water, equal parts of each, in a bowl to make your decoupage mixture. Using a paintbrush. decoupage the paper frame onto the wood frame, smooth out any bubbles or air pockets as you go. Cut two pieces of checkered paper, about 2″ in height and the same width as the side of the frame. Position in the center on each side and decoupage on.

Tear a strip of pink paper to fit at the bottom of the frame and decoupage in place. If you have stain, or better yet, antiquing gel, use that (I only had brown paint, so I watered it down and worked with what I had) to give the paper an aged look. If using watered down paint, be sure to have a rag handy to wipe excess off as you work. Rough up all the edges with sandpaper.

Paint the alphabet tiles with thinned brown paint and wipe off excess. Sand all the edges with sandpaper. Glue the alphabet tiles to the pink paper.

Glue the green ribbon at the top and bottom of the checkered paper, wrapping around to the back and to the inside of the frame. Glue the brown ribbon to the center of the green ribbon.

Tie the strip of burlap into a bow. Sew button to the center of the bow, trim ends of bow if needed and make the edges ragged by pulling off a few threads. Glue the bow to the top left corner of the frame.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda.

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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    You are one talented lady! I love doing crafts and I use to paint and teach art classes. now I am into Shutterfly and photography. I need to make a frame for my new baby boys that is coming in April. Great idea and thank you.

  2. Joey Says:

    Amanda, I love seeing your creative projects. You are so talented and full of great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  3. AlixB Says:

    When it comes to applying the pink strip to the frame, do you get it down with just the watered down paint or do you have to use glue too?

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    So cute…what a great way to make a very special gift. I would have loved a homemade gift like this for any one of my babies.

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Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda (http://craftsbyamanda.com/) and her delicious recipes on Amanda's Cookin' (http://amandascookin.com/)

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