How to Make Decorative Wall Frames


It's comforting to be surrounded by pictures of people and places we care about. Those pictures seem even more special when they're set in frames we've had a hand in creating. With a few simple techniques and an imaginative eye, you can make decorative wall frames to match the occasion of the photos inside them. Directions are included for two wall frames, one formal enough to hang in a dining room, the other rustic enough to be in a beach cottage or ski lodge.

Decorating a Formal Frame

Step 1

Remove the glass from the silver frame. Set the glass aside so no glue gets on it.

Step 2

Arrange gemstones in various colors along the frame's borders, leaving spaces in between each. Try alternating ruby, emerald, purple amethyst, sapphire and topaz tones for a dramatic look. Glue them on using a hot glue gun. Set the frame aside to dry.

Step 3

Replace the glass in the frame once it's dry.

Decorating a Rustic Frame

Step 1

Remove the glass from the wooden frame. Set the glass aside so no glue gets on it.

Step 2

Depending on the width of the frame's border, arrange objects from nature along the sides or in one corner. Try dried grasses and mini cattails in the bottom right corner, with a tiny bird's nest with eggs inside nestled among the grass.

Step 3

Glue them in place with the hot glue gun once you've found an arrangement you like.

Step 4

Replace the glass in the frame once the frame has dried completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain silver and plain wooden picture frames
  • Hot glue gun
  • Multicolored jewels in silver settings
  • Strand of silk ivy
  • Silk autumn leaves
  • Reproductions of plants (fake dried grass, wheat stalks, or miniature cattails),
  • Tiny bird's nest with eggs
Keywords: decorating, picture, frames, rustic, formal

About this Author

Author of two genealogy books published by Ancestry, Karen Frisch has been a professional writer and artist for 20 years. For 17 years she served as host of Rhode Island's award-winning cable TV interview show "Pet Talk."