Monday, June 7, 2010

DIY: Inspiration Frames

As I mentioned 2 weeks ago I FINALLY finished my first DIY. It has been fun decorating my new house and I am very excited to share this fun project with you. Although it took me quite a long time to complete these, only because I changed materials a few times, I am very pleased with the outcome. I have seen many versions of these frames and decided to create some of my own. They are hanging on one of the walls of my office which is a work in progress. Enjoy!

Foam Board
Glue Sticks
Glue Gun
Frame- preferably the ones that come without a backing
Picture Hanging Kit of your choice
Brown wrapping paper, I found mine at Target
Iron if needed

1. Measure the inside of your frame, length and width, write these numbers down you will use them quite a bit.
2. Using your ruler and X-acto and ruler, cut a square from the foam board to fit these measurements
3. Once cut push the piece of foam into the frame and make sure that it fits securely into the frame. You should have to use a little pressure to fit in frame.
4. Remove the foam once you have made sure it fits.

5. Add 2 inches to the length and width from step 1 and cut a square of muslin to this size.
6. You may need your iron to smooth out any wrinkles in your muslin.
7. Once all wrinkles are out, center the foam board on top of the muslin.
8. Using the glue gun, glue one side of the length and one side of the width, trim corners if necessary for less bulk.

9. Put the half glued foam with muslin into the frame.
10. Make sure the two lose ends are pulled towards the back of the frame and pull each lose end tight so front side of muslin is smooth in frame.
11. Once pulled tight glue the remaining 2 sides.

12. Next, cut a piece of the brown paper the same side as the length and width from step 1.
13. Use the glue gun here to adhere this to the back of the foam in the frame. It is easiest to glue the width of the frame first, then glue half way down the sides, and then finish off with the 2nd half of the sides and the bottom.
14. Last, attach the picture hangers to the back of your frames.
15. Now your frames are complete!

Tip: To hang the frames I remembered seeing this trick from Martha Stewart years ago. Cut pieces of any type of paper you have laying around the house to the size of your frames. Once complete hang the paper on the wall in the arrangement that you would like for your frames. This is much easier than trying to arrange your actual frames on the wall. Below is what I ended up with.


I chose to buy white frames from the craft store but you can buy a natural wood color and paint them with any fun color of your choice. You can use a flat paint or for an extra pop use a high gloss paint.

You don't have to hang the frames on the wall, they could also be leaned against the wall on a shelf, or on a desk.


  1. Wow Love em. thanks for sharing I am going to try them

  2. Its really easy and so cute! Let me know if you have any questions.



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