The $1 Scrapbook Picture Frame: DIY Project Week 10

This week's project was so much fun to make, and very easy! Even the "craft-challenged" will find this one doable. :)

Best of all, you may be able to make it for about $1, depending on how many supplies you already have at home! You'll need:

  • Some kind of clear-drying craft glue or Mod Podge (I used Aleene's)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Some kind of paint brush (I got a $1 multi pack of sponge brushes from Walmart)
  • Scissors
  • A wooden picture frame base (I got one of these for $1 at Walmart, but you can also find them at craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby)

Now, you'll first want to start with your scrapbook paper. You can either pick one solid color or multiple colors. Be creative with your combinations! I chose three different patterns--one stripe, one floral, and a solid green-- but you can use any configuration you like. I'd recommend that you get creative and try putting different papers together than what your initial impulse tells you to do... you just might find an unexpected combination that really pops.

Measure your paper and cut according to whatever pattern you want to use. You could even use a pencil to draw a cutout on the page. I cut my paper to the general size and then ripped the edges to give it a shabby chic sort of look.

Next, you want to put a lot of glue down on the wooden frame. Spread it out with your brush, and while the glue is still wet, configure your paper however you want the pattern to look.

After your pattern is in place, add another layer of glue to the top of the paper to seal it and give it a glossy effect. Don't worry about mistakes... remember that you can always reposition the pattern as long as the glue is still tacky.

And wha-la! You're done! Hope you enjoy this DIY frame, and get creative with the details! Add ribbon, a bow, beads, or paint to give it an even more personalized touch. These make excellent Christmas and wedding presents because you can make them to match a particular person's taste. 

*Tip: You can also use any type of paper, so things like extra wedding invitations, important newspaper clippings, and comic books all make for great sources of inspiration! :)


  1. Oohhhh, that is super cute! I always forget to try using my scrapbooking paper for projects.

    I am making some Pinterest recipes this much fun!

  2. Thanks Sherrinda! Can't wait to see how your recipes turn out! :)