Want to know how to make a picture frame? Make a DIY picture frame with mosaic tiles and share your beautiful memories with everyone. It makes a great room decor and gift idea for your family and friends!
DIY Picture Frame Ideas with Mosaic Tiles | DIY Picture Frame
Can you ever have too many photo frames? I can’t. I'm always looking for frames that are just as original as the photos that will be displayed in them. This is a fun DIY project to create a bead embellished photo frame customized to your own style.
You will need for your DIY picture frame:
- A frame. This can be any size or style of frame. Maybe its an old frame that you found in your attic or a beat up one that you found at a thrift shop. I chose to use an unfinished wood frame from the craft store.
- A pencil, paintbrushes, and paints
- Your go-to craft glue, and an applicator if necessary. I’m a huge fan of Mod Podge.
- And beads in all shapes, colors, and sizes! Or whatever you happen to have on hand.
Begin by deciding on a theme. Using your pencil, sketch it lightly onto the frame. I wanted a saguaro cactus with a setting sun. I also knew that I wanted a border on the inner and outer edges of the frame.
The sky’s the limit here! You can make your design as simple or as complicated as you choose. One thing I would recommend is to consider the sizes of the beads that you will be using to fill in the designs later. If you have lots of small, delicate details, and plan to use larger beads, then you are going to lose a lot of that detail when you add the beads. If you keep your original sketch on the simpler side, you maintain the option of adding more detail later.
You could use a couple of different techniques here.
Option 1 – which I used, is to paint the background in very similar colors to the beads I planned to embellish with. I felt this gave a depth to the colors that would not have been possible had I just glued beads onto the frame without doing this step.
Option 2 – would be to paint the background in different colors than the beads that you plan to use. I think this option really might have come out cool and I might try doing that next time. I did get a little experimental towards the end and covered the cactus with a clear, silvery seed bead that allowed the greens to show through.
Start filling in with your beads. I began with the lining the borders with glue. Because these were such thin lines, I used a paintbrush to apply the Mod Podge. It is best to work on small sections at a time so that your glue will not dry out before you complete each section.
Once I finished with the borders, I started filling in the larger areas with Mod Podge using the sponge applicator. Again, working in sections, I filled in each area with beads.
After completing each section by filling it in with the beads, I applied a coat of Mod Podge clear acrylic sealant. It doesn't make any difference in the appearance of the finished product but does add an extra layer of protection to keep the beads secured to the frame. Once it dries you have your finished frame.
Hang it up, or give it to a friend, so all can enjoy your handmade memories!
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