CIJ Etsy Craft Party – Altered Photo Frame

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Hello again everyone! Are you enjoying our day of classes here at the CIJ #craftparty?? Next up is our Altered Photo Frame class, and this one is fun and easy. Honest.

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Materials Needed:

  • picture frame with the glass removed (found mind at the Dollar Store)
  • burlap (needs to cover frame, so about 14×16 for an 8×10 frame)
  • jute ribbon or twine
  • mini clothespins
  • other embellishments (optional)
  • glue gun & hot glue

Start by taking apart your photo frame and removing the glass. Toss it, break it, use it as a sun catcher; we simply don’t need it for this project. Cover the back of the frame with burlap and hot glue in place. Warning – burlap has holes in it. Hot glue is hot. Just saying.

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When you’re done, the back of the frame should look something like this. Feel free to trim down any extra burlap if you wish, and then glue down your corners. I pulled in the corner piece, glued it down, then folded the side pieces over the top to make the whole thing nice and snug.

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Let the whole thing dry for a bit, then pop it back into the photo frame. Make sure it will fit with the added bulk (it really should), but don’t squeeze everything into place yet; we’re going to add our twine string for hanging our photos in first.

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Feed your twine from the front, between where the photo frame and burlap with meet, to the back of the frame. Once you have it at the height you want, glue the first end down.

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Let it dry for a moment, then feed the other side through as well. Glue it down and you now have a burlap frame that will proudly display your photos. The clothespins make it simple to switch them out.

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I decided to dress mine up further and glued on some fabric flowers, then finished it off by stringing a metal sentiment plate across it using the same technique as the twine. It appropriately reads “capture life’s moments”.

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Thanks for stopping by the class! Be sure to check out the main Craft Party page for the full schedule of events.




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