Finding the right picture frame for your photos can make all the difference in your decor. A photo that is framed has a more professional and polished look to it. Whether you’re going for a classic, rustic or modern look, the perfect frame can tie the room’s decor together.
An easy way to make a frame unique is by creating it yourself. As inspiration, we’re sharing 21 DIY picture frames that you can try making yourself. With just a few supplies and DIY tips, you can create picture frames to match your style and enhance your room’s ambiance.
For a special touch, try designing a personalized frame. Opt for a wood, metallic or classic color like black or white. Framing your prints, from landscapes to candids of your family and friends, will instantly create a space you want to show off.
1. Vintage Metallic
Find a vintage style frame at a second-hand shop and spray paint it in gold or silver. Select a classic photo, like a cityscape or portrait, to place in your metallic frame.
2. Wood Burned Frames
Accent a wood frame with stars, stripes or hearts. Use a wood burning kit to engrave the design into your frame.
3. Stylish Circle Frames
Step away from a standard square or rectangle frame by choosing a circular design. Add extra personality by painting the frame in a unique color and attaching a strap to serve as the hanger.
4. Vertical DIY Frame
Add flair to a traditional picture frame by hanging string from top to bottom. Attach your photos to the string using clothespins or binder clips.
5. DIY Colorful Cardboard Frames
Form mini picture frames out of cardboard and colored string. Make frames of several colors for a festive gallery feel.
6. Magnetic Board
Create a space that allows you to swap out photos over time—giving you the opportunity to keep your decor up-to-date. Try a magnetic board that can be hung above a desk or dresser.
7. Farmhouse Frame
Turn a wooden frame into rustic, farmhouse decor by painting it white. Sand off some of the paint for a weathered look.
8. Festive Wood Frame
Darken a wood frame by using a wood burning tool. You can even etch small designs into your frame, like dots and horizontal lines.
9. Wooden Tea Light Frame
Looking for unique picture frame ideas? Construct a wooden frame with open spaces to insert battery-operated tea lights. This luminous decor works well in a basement, den or screened patio.
10. Popsicle Stick Frame
Fashion DIY frames by gluing together a row of popsicle sticks. Add color and style with patterned washi tape. These picture frames often compliment a bedroom, playroom or bathroom.
11. Seashell Frame
Gather seashells you’ve collected from beach trips and ocean vacations. Secure the shells onto the border, then add in a photo of you and your family enjoying the coastline.
12. Classic Black Frames
Simple, chic frames make for stunning wall art. Opt for classic black frames, then add your artwork, photos and inspirational quotes.
13. Beach Shadow Box
The best DIY picture frames are personalized. Build a shadowbox, then include items like seashells, stones and small souvenirs.
14. Two-toned Frame
Give a frame a two-toned look by layering colored paints on top of each other. Go for a white and coral scheme like this frame or choose pastel colors like green and blue.
15. Driftwood Hangers
Repurpose driftwood by making it the foundation for hanging wall art. Hold the photos and pieces of driftwood together by durable string.
16. Washi Tape Accent Frame
Enhance an existing frame with one of the easiest DIY materials: washi tape. Cut small strips for securing your photo in place, then add extra pieces for accents.
17. Patriotic Yarn Frame
Show your love for your country with a patriotic frame. Wrap red, white and blue yarn around a picture frame, then glue on silver stars.
18. DIY Photo Board
Build your own photo board using an empty frame as your foundation. Attach pieces of wire or string to hang your photos. Choose a variety of images for a balanced arrangement, like flowers, mountains and family candids.
19. Rustic and Metallic Frames
A collection of metallic and wood frames will make for a balanced wall spread. Find or paint complimentary frames to design your artistic gallery wall.
20. Heart Photo Wall
Arrange a collection of photo prints into the shape of a heart. Select a mix of photos including candids, close-ups, landscapes and portraits.
21. Nautical Frame
Does your bathroom have a beach or nautical theme? Paint a picture frame with blue and white stripes, then add a decal like an anchor or seashell.
DIY picture frames can make all the difference in your home decor. Want to commemorate a special birthday, anniversary or birth of a child? Consider a custom engraved glass picture frame. Place it on your mantel, desk or dresser.