DIY wall art: another picture frame makeover

June 6, 2014 0 By EngineerMommy

Oh, I have a thing for DIY wall art. Why walk into the store and pick out something that’s mass-produced and generic? Why not customize a piece with your favorite colors and patterns and designs? So much more fun!

Yes, it’s more work than just buying a picture frame from the store, but it is (almost) always worth the effort.

Check out the Before & After of this picture frame makeover. Not bad, heh?

DIY wall art

DIY wall art

Let’s get to the tutorial now, shall we?

DIY wall art: another picture frame makeover


  • old picture frame (you can get cheap frames from thrift stores)
  • scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
  • paint
  • new photo mat (optional)


  • Take the picture frame apart. Take out the mat and the picture.
  • Paint the frame. I painted mine white. Let dry.
  • If desired, replace the old photo mat with a new one. I kept the old photo mat- I like the subtle pattern on it.
  • I cut a sheet of scrapbook paper to fit inside my printer (8.5″ x 11″) and printed out a silhouette of a house directly on the scrapbook paper. I made the lines nice and thick but also semi-transparent, so it can definitely be seen from certain angles. From other angles, it’s hardly visible. I knew this was going in my entryway so I thought the house silhouette would be cute!
  • I also cut out small green hearts and laid them across the top of the sheet, as if they formed bunting. They are also a bit difficult to see against the pattern in the background, but I like that.
  • Re-assemble the picture frame and hang up!
DIY entryway wall art

DIY entryway wall art

Don’t forget to check out some of my other DIY wall art ideas: this picture frame makeover, this frame transformation, this kitchen wall art, this message board art, and this custom whiteboard art.

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