July 18, 2010

Family Frame Makeover

I found this really fun and cute frame at Hobby Lobby when they were having a 1/2 off sale. I love the scrollwork and the font on the word family.

But I didn't like...
...the cheap black plastic look to the frame. It definitely needed a makeover!

First things first, I took out all of the glass and cardboard backing. A good makeover starts with a naked frame!

Luckily the word "family" was just screwed on to the frame and not permanently attached. I unscrewed that sucker and got it off of there.

I turned the word upside down on the back of a piece of scrapbook paper and traced around the word with a marker. I then cut the paper with an X-acto knide. I couldn't get in all the grooves with the marker, so I'll tell you what I did about that in a minute. This did not need to be a perfect cut...

I used some Mod Podge to apply the paper to the word. A nice layer of Mod Podge, not too thick and not too thin, will do just the trick! After the paper and glue had time to dry, I went at the curves and corners with a small file to get rid of the excess paper.

I had just gotten my greedy little hands on some scrapbook crackle paint and was just itching to try it out. I painted two coats (the 1st coat wanted to flake off, but the 2nd coat did just the trick) all around the edge of the frame.

I covered the rest of the frame with the same scrapbook paper I used on the word "family".

I spritzed all of the paper and the crackle paint (while it was still slightly damp) with some Glimmer Mist to give it a little shimmer.

For one of the places for a photo, I knew I wanted something a little different. So I made this little sign using scrapbook paper and a flower. I think it gives the whole thing a little bit of charm.

And, viola! My new and improved family frame!

Now I just need to find the perfect place to hang it...


  1. Awesome job, Michele! I love it and the pics you used.

  2. Great job!! Did you use the mod podge on the rest of the frame too? Love the paper you used!

  3. That turned out great. Mod Podge can fix anything!

  4. This is really cute! I love the scrapbook additions and the little "Love" section you did!
    I have no scrapbooking gene but I might be able to do this one! Thanks for the great tutorial. ;)

  5. So darling Michelle! I love it!

    I fixed the characters to 50 I would love nothing more then for you to link up. Thanks so much, have a super week. Jenn

  6. Tre cute! You taught me so many things and I learned about new products. Great tutorial and it turned out just gorgeous.

  7. WOW!! This is leaps and bounds better than the original!! I am super impressed, my friend!!!

  8. What a terrific transformation! Color me impressed! :)

  9. What a lovely transformation! I love your family pictures too - and the name block picture is adorable! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  10. Looks GREAT! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  11. Great job I love it, it looks so much better now!

  12. LOVE this!
    I found your item on and I just added my item from my Artfire shoppe:
    That shoppe has more on it than my Etsy one does.
    Happy Sales!

  13. CUTE!! I love your blog, so adorable! I'm a follower now! Stop by Sassy Sites and say hi! ;)

  14. Love this picture frame!! So adorable!!

  15. What a great idea! I love the added paper and the Love in the frame! Wonderful job.

  16. It looks great! I love the makeover! Some of those store frames can get so boring so it's great to try to make them more personal.

  17. Way cute! I really love the crackle paint. I've never seen that...uh oh...I have a Michael's coupon screaming to be used!

  18. Cute! I've never heard of Glimmer Mist. Yea! A new product to try out.

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting the 29th. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

  19. Great transformation and I also learned about some new product!

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