I wanted to make something personalized for my room mates upon starting our senior year of college. I found these darling 3.5″x2.5″ white frames on clearance at Bed Bath & Beyond, and an idea was born. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own.
- Frame (I used 3.5″X2.5″, size, with the width of the frame itself being about 0.5″, but any flat frame without engraving or textures will do).
- Mod Podge (clear drying)
- Sponge brushes
- Computer/printer to print images
Let’s get started!
- Decide on the “theme.” I scoured my room mate’s Pinterest board for photos I know she likes, which were primarily Vogue fashion photos. I also added a shot of the Eiffel Tower and snuck Prince William and Kate Middleton on there. I decided to call this theme “European Fashion and Elegance.” Besides Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, who also ended up on there…I did another one for my coffee-addicted room mate with pictures of coffee and espresso beans. The sky is the limit!
- Print about 10-12 pictures in BLACK AND WHITE and in sizes ranging between dimensions no larger than 1.5″ and no smaller than 0.5″. Cut them out neatly; set aside.
- Decide on a “back of frame” image to use. I like to use Monet or Van Gogh pictures. Print a 4″x6″ color picture of it. Cut it out and set aside.
- Go wash your hands.
- Disassemble the frame (ie, put the glass and back/stand somewhere safe; you only need to work with the frame itself).
- Decide which image you want to use first and cut it to a satisfying shape. If you are using images of people, especially consider how to cut a shape that will show off the part of the person you want to be most visible. You may want to hold the photo to the frame and mark on the photo with your pencil exactly where you want to cut.
- Apply a very small amount of Mod Podge to the area where you want this picture to go. With your CLEAN HANDS, firmly press out any bubbles so the picture lays very flat.
- Continue to add photos where you think they look best, covering the entire front and sides of the frame. Add a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire front and sides of the frame; let try. Continue to add layers of Mod Podge until you are satisfied and you are sure your “collage” handiwork is preserved. I recommend applying thin layers and letting each one dry before adding the next coat.
- *You do not necessarily have to do this at this point, but I think the timing works out well* While waiting for the front and sides of your glossy frame to dry, type or print a quote, saying, photo, whatever, that will actually go in the frame. Make sure you print the right size so your text is centered if you use text. If possible, use scrapbook paper with a cool design or a white or cream parchment style paper with an interesting texture.
- Once your frame is dry, flip it over to apply the painting to the back in the same manner used in steps 6 and 7.
- Apply Mod Podge gloss over the back of the frame as in step 8.
- Once your frame is dry, frame your quote or photo, and enjoy!