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Mother's Day Decoupage Photo Frame

This year I was looking for easy, inexpensive gifts to make for Mother's Day. Just because money is tight doesn't mean you can't make a thoughtful gift for your mom or mother-in-law.

While looking for ideas I found this neat idea for decoupaging flower pots. On that web site you can download free vintage "flower face" images that I thought were so charming. I decided to make the flower pots as a Mother's Day gift, but I also thought the images would look great on a decoupaged photo frame.

decoupage flower pot

For this project you will need:

  • Wood photo frame ($1 at craft store)
  • Images for decoupage
  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush or sponge
  • Ribbons or buttons for embellishing (opt)
  • Acrylic sealer

You can find a variety of photo frames to decorate at your craft store for only $1.

Next decide on what you want to decoupage onto the frame. I chose these vintage flower pot images.

Cut your images to fit on the photo frame. Arrange them to fit around the edges of the frame, trimming to fit. When you are ready to decoupage, use a paint brush or sponge to apply decoupage to both the backs of the images and on the surface of the photo frame.

After gluing all the images on the frame, apply a layer of decoupage over the entire face of the photo frame. After this coat, let dry for about an hour and then apply another coat. Trim around edges of frame, if necessary, to make sure no paper edges are hanging over the edges of the frame.

If you want to you can add ribbon or other embellishments to the front of the frame with a glue gun. I glued a piece of ribbon around the picture opening on the frame.

Lastly, use a spray acrylic sealer (found with glue at craft store) to apply a clear, protective top coat to the frame.

I was really happy with how my picture frame turned out. I just might make one for myself. I really like those vintage flower images!

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