There has been far more than one occasion where I’ve wanted a very specific pattern, color, or design for a picture frame. Or on the other hand plenty of times where I’ve found scrapbook paper I’m so in love with but since I don’t scrapbook I really have no “use” for. This solves all of those problems and it also makes a very nice and affordable gift. It is a simple enough project you can have the kids do (most) of it and use them for gifts for their favorite teacher, grandparent, or even parent!


  • Wood Frame (I strongly encourage you to use a standard square or rectangle frame for your first time. It can be difficult to navigate the curves and odd shapes)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush (either foam or traditional bristles)
  • Sharp Knife, Scissors, or Exacto Blade
  • Credit Card or Loyalty Rewards type card


  1. Pour some Mod Podge into a bowl (and seal the original bottle otherwise it will dry out)
  2. Spread Mod Podge over all of the wood on the face of the frame (picture here)
  3. Lay the frame face down on to the back of the scrapbook paper (picture here)
  4. Flip frame over so you are working with the front of the scrapbook paper
  5. Use a credit card (or something similar) to smooth the bubbles and ripples across the front. Be careful if you use a credit card that you don’t get too much glue on the magnetic strip and that the raised letters and numbers don’t tear the paper.
  6. Apply Mod Podge along one side of the frame and press the paper down the side
  7. Repeat step 6 on all sides
  8. Apply Mod Podge to the inner lip and press the paper down. You can cut the excess into “strips” to help guide it around odd angles and corners. (picture here)
  9. Using your knife/Exacto Blade trim the excess paper from the back of the frame (picture here)
  10. Spread a layer of Mod Podge over the front and sides to help seal the paper. (picture here)
  11. Allow to dry and repeat as desired.

Written by Krista

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