DIY Wall Art ~ Stenciled Photo Frame

Last week I shared pictures of my Stenciled Photo Frame and now I’m back with the tutorial!

DIY Stenciled Frames

These were SO easy to make and only cost $5 each!

Purebond PlywoodI was lucky and had left over Purebond Plywood scraps from a recent project (I will share soon;) but if you don’t have scraps, you can purchase a 2×4 3/4″ panel of MDF for about $12.  I ripped my boards down to 13 3/4 x 15 3/4.  If you do not have access to a saw, you can have your local hardware store make these cuts for you:)

Spray PaintI used a favorite ~ Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint ~ to spray two coats on the front and sides of each board.

How to StencilI then used my new Turkish Tulip stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils to paint the print on.  I LOVE this stencil.  You can also purchase stencils at your local craft store or make one with a Silhouette Cameo and contact paper.

stencil brush and acrylic paintWith a stencil brush, I dry-brushed an acrylic paint (Slate Grey by Americana) all over.  To dry-brush, dab your brush in the paint and then blot until your brush is close to dry and dab all over the stencil.

How to Dry Brush

Again, LOVE this pattern:)

For the frames, I found these super CHEAP frames at Wal-Mart for $0.95 each…can I get a WHOOP!!

Here’s where serious DIY skills are needed….Ok not at all;)

Break off the hinge

Flip over the back of each frame and rip off the stand at the hinge and then pull out the middle of the cardboard hanging bracket so you can hang each frame by a nail.  If you are not concerned with being able to change the photos, you can use spray adhesive to apply each photo and then epoxy the frames to the board.  I like to change my photos out and this was the easiest solution I found:)

nail to hang frame

Next, two coats of the Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint on each frame and then follow-up with a finishing nails in the middle of each board.  I hammered my nail in 5″ from the top and 8″ from the left side.  These measurements worked perfect for my frames!

To hang them on the wall, I nailed large saw tooth hangers to the backs and anchored screws into the wall!

diy picture wall

picture wall

diy photo gallery

shabby chic photo wallThis was so quick and easy and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I can change the pictures out whenever I want!  It took me about an hour to make all three and at $5 each it’s a win – win;)

If you haven’t entered to win a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, today is the last day!!!  Head on over HERE!

Here are some other photo projects I have done around the house:)

Picture Hanger

Photo Wall Hanging

How to make a picture canvas

DIY Photo Canvas

DIY Stocking Hangers

Chevron Stocking Hangers

Thanks so much for stopping by!




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  3. Tuki on May 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Wow, this is great, but how did you attach the frame? I think I missed that part of your tutorial. Thanks!

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  5. dcovey on December 9, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I have went over this several times and I am not getting how the small frame attaches to the large board. What am I missing??

    • Cari on October 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Just found this project and would love to try it. Any answer on how where the small frame comes from? How to get it?

  6. Leah - Chickabug on August 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Love how perfectly distressed the paint looks! Great tutorial!

  7. Erin - Neaten Your Nest on August 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    This is a beautiful and creative project. Love the look of the paint, I’ll have to try the dry brush technique. We’ve been looking for something unique and personalized for our living room wall. This just might be the thing. Love it! Thanks!
    Neaten Your Nest

  8. GlamorousMommy on August 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    These are fantastic, I love them!! And all the other photo projects you did 🙂
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  9. Tracy on August 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Might seriously be one of my most favorite things on this site! I LOVE that stencil!

  10. Carol on August 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Oh My Cute! Love this idea!

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