Decorated wooden picture frames can cost upwards of $20 each. Making your own decorated wooden photo frames is much less expensive than buying assembled ones, and doesn't take a great amount of time. The greatest advantage of doing it yourself is that you can customize the frame to coordinate with your decor.
If you would like a glamorous and trendy look, try decorating your wooden frame with crystals, such as Swarovski or rhinestones. Crystals come in a wide range of colors, so you can surely match the frame with your decor. Before you affix the crystals, decide whether you want to fully or partially cover your frame, and whether you want to create a design pattern. Use Tacky Glue or a hot glue gun to attach the crystals. Using smaller crystals is more time-consuming, but will give your frame a very elegant look. The larger the crystals you use, the more polka dotted your pattern will appear.
Silk petals are inexpensive, and cover wooden frames nicely. You can find petals in many colors by going to a craft or hobby store--you can even buy them wholesale from online florist supply retailers. Using a hot glue gun to affix the silk petals is the easiest thing to do. For a pretty, romantic look, use red rose petals to cover each corner of the wooden frame, and fill in the sides with white rose petals. If you want a fun, colorful look use different types and colors of petals over the entire frame.
Small tiles are available in hobby and craft stores in many different textures. You can purchase packs of ceramic, porcelain, glass, and even crystallized tiles. Some tiles are available with letters on them, so you can customize your wooden frame with a name, quote or favorite quote. A hot glue gun is the best way to affix miniature tiles to a wooden frame. Just be sure to let the frame lay flat for at least 12 hours after it has been decorated.
Ideas for Painting Wooden Picture Frames
Decorative picture frames can be substantially higher in price than a basic, wooden picture frame. Painting your own wooden frame with decorative...