DIY Picture Frame with Metal Ribbon

Happy Monday!

So, I recently came across this great metal ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  I walked in for burlap, and come out with a bag of metal ribbon… Anyone have that same problem??

Well… I LOVE this stuff, and I finally put some of it to use today!  I made a big frame to go on my DIY shelves in my bedroom and here is how it turned out…

DIY Photo Frame with Metal Ribbon

So fun!  This is the easiest thing ever.  Let me show you how I made it!

For my wood, I used a cheap project panel from the hardware store.  You can buy these in different sizes and they are super cheap!  Mine was 16″ wide and long enough to make at least 3 frames and I paid $10 for it… Woohoo!  After using my miter saw to cut it, I started staining it.  You can also have Home Depot cut your wood for you if you don’t have a saw!  Also, a simple hand saw like this one work great for small projects like this one!

I decided to stain this frame with some new stain I love!  This can be found at Home Depot and I love that it protects your stain with a poly as you are applying… Time saver peeps!

Varathane Stain

Varathane Stain+Poly in Dark Walnut

Here is what my metal ribbon looked like…

Metal Ribbon

All I did was lay it out on my wood and marked where my corners would be.  I used a black permanent marker to draw a small line on the ribbon.  Then, I just used a pair of sharp scissors to cut it!  Easy peasy.

You can use a hammer and small finish nails to attach your ribbon, but I decided to use my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer.  This thing is the bomb.  I used 3/4″ nails and it did the rest of the work.  I love that it’s cordless so I can carry it anywhere and it uses the same battery as my 18V drill.  You can find all of our Ryobi tools at The Home Depot!

Ryobi AirStrike Nail Gun

You can see in this pic where my nails are,  They are so small I didn’t worry about doing anything to cover them.

Photo Frame DIY

I put several in each piece until it felt secure.  I also used my scissors to go back and cut any sharp edges on the corners.  You may want to wear gloves when handling the ribbon.  It can get pretty sharp, but it is thin and easy to work with.

I did three sides the same and here is what it looked like before attaching my final piece…

DIY Frame with Metal Ribbon

After attaching all my pieces I added a small silver metal clip.  I also found these at Hobby Lobby… Half off of course 😉

Metal Clips from Hobby Lobby

I used some Gorilla Glue Super Glue Gel to attach the clip.  This stuff dries in about 30 seconds… Love that!

Gorilla Glue Gel Super Glue

That’s it!  I printed out a fam pic on photo paper and hung it up!  What do you think??

DIY Shelf

DIY Picture Frame with Metal Ribbon

DIY Photo Frame with Metal Ribbon

DIY Metal Ribbon Picture Frame

DIY Metal Ribbon Frame

I do have extra supplies to make more, and I was able to make this one for around $8.  That is pretty darn cheap if you ask me!  Now to go find something else I can put metal ribbon on… 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I would LOVE for you to pin this frame and share it with your peeps below!

Have an awesome week!



  1. Aluminium fabrications on June 19, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Wow thank you!! Just what I was looking for!

  2. Anne on October 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Never heard of metal ribbon, but now I HAVE to have it!!! Love the picture frame you made…and I HAVE to make it!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • ???I built my own using the plans at www. – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

      Head on over to www. if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!



  3. scala eliana on October 19, 2013 at 7:21 am

    bellissimo lavoro!!!! peccato che in italia questa finitura x cornice non si trovi… bravissima

  4. Erin on October 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I was told by hobby lobby that it was put on clearance because the metal rusts easily and the manufacturer is supposed to be making it with a better metal but they had no idea how long it would take to get more in. I was so excited about this project. Would make great Christmas gifts. Please find out where we can get more and post please!

    • Lisa Rusty Jenkins on October 15, 2013 at 7:39 am

      I have been looking everywhere and I cannot find it! I bought everything else!! 🙁

  5. Kristi Beneschan on October 5, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    The Hobby Lobbys in our area are all sold out and so is their warehouse.
    🙁 They don’t know when or if they’ll get any more in stock.

  6. Lisa Rusty Jenkins on October 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I cannot find metal ribbon anywhere, Even online. Does anyone have another suggestion for trim?

    • Lisa Rusty Jenkins on October 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I give up!! I was sooo excited!

  7. Virginia Livelovediy on October 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

    This is so cute, ya’ll!! Love the metal ribbon! So unique!

  8. Heather on October 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Is the metal ribbon called something else? I am trying to find it and called my local hobby lobby. They do not have it. I am trying to find it on their website, but can’t.

  9. Courtney on October 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I was just at hobby lobby and they had the metal ribbon up front an marked at only a $1!!

  10. Laurie on September 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Where did you find it? With the other ribbons?

    • Courtney on October 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      It is with the floral I believe mine says Floral on the tag at least! Hope this helps!!

      • Laurie on October 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        Darn, went to hobby lobby, talked to manager who also called other local store, this sold out right away and the manufacture won’t be sending any until “maybe” next February 🙁 just a fyi.

  11. Laurie on September 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    That us so awesome! It really added that extra pop to your display. Think of all the places this ribbon could go? :-). Yay!! What department did you find it in?

    • Laurie on October 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks for the additional info, I am sure I can find it now. I build frames but could add this as trim on my end tables etc – so excited to try it out!! 🙂

  12. Elizabeth Hoskins on September 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Love the metal ribbon! Y’all always think of such clever projects. Walking into almost any store (Hobby Lobby, Target, Michaels) I get distracted and end of buying things I didn’t even think I needed; must be a girl problem 😉

  13. Lori VanMaanen on September 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Super cute.

  14. Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos on September 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Shut up! That stuff is awesome! I’m adding it to my Hobby Lobby list asap!

  15. Jenn, Endlessly Inspired on September 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Love it!! I’ve never even heard of metal ribbon! Darn it, now I’m going to have to drive the 30 miles to our closest Hobby Lobby and get some. 😉

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