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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Picture Frames Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I was browsing at Michaels and I came across some wooden heart picture frames.  I knew that with some paint, paper and Mod Podge, I could make them cute.

Supplies needed:

wooden heart frames
paint for the frames (should match your scrapbook paper)
sponge paint brush
scrapbook paper
vinyl letters (or you can print on your scrapbook paper)
Mod Podge
Exacto Knife
cutting mat
5 x 7 pictures

1.  Measure the frame and cut scrapbook paper to fit the frame.
2.  Flip your scrapbook paper right side down.  Place your frame on top of your paper.  (see picture)
3.  Now take your Exacto knife and cut out the center heart.  Make sure to cut very close to the wood.  Cut along the outer edge to as the frame has rounded corners.
 Your scrapbook paper will look like this when you are finished.
4.  Paint your picture frames to match your scrapbook paper.  You don't need to cover the entire frame.  I did just because I couldn't stand to look at the spots not painted in the middle.
 5.  Once your paint is completely dry, paint on Mod Podge to cover the entire face of your frame.
 6.  Place your scrapbook paper on your frame, taking care to line up the heart center.  Starting at one end, use a scraper and scrape out any bubbles.  This will help the paper to adhere to the frame.  If you mess up, Mod Podge is very forgiving.  Just lightly pull up the paper and scrap back down.
 7.  Allow the paper to dry for a few minutes, then cover with another coat of Mod Podge on top of your frame.  Allow it to fully dry.
 8.  Cut our the saying you want on vinyl.  I used my wonderful Silhouette to do this.  Remove the excess vinyl.  Take transfer tape and cover the vinyl letters.  Scrape it so that it grabs the letters.
 9.  Peel off the paper backing.  Take the transfer tape with the letters and place it on the frame.  Scrape it thoroughly so the letters adhere to the frame. 
 10.  Take off the transfer tape.  Here are my three frames with the vinyl lettering on it.
 11.  Take the inside heart provided with the frame and place it over your picture.  Using the Exacto knife, cut close to the heart, so that your picture fits nicely.
 Here is the picture after I cut it.
12.  Place the picture in the frame.  I included the heart that came with the frame for extra stability. 

Here are my finished frames:
I think they turned out really nice.  I can update the picture every year and keep these for years to come!  I love looking at my sweet little ones in these frames!

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  1. Those frames are cute and your kids are adorable!!!

  2. these are so sweeet!!! what a great idea! please come link this to our party over here: http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/02/project-party-weekend-heart-shaped-ice.html

    Have a great weekend!

  3. These are just darling! Thanks so much for sharing! I love those wooden frames. There are so many wonderful ways to personalize them, yours are just so cute!



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