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Picture Frame Decorating - Sparkle and Shine - An Easy DIY Craft Demo

Updated on September 8, 2014

DIY sparkle and shine picture frames.

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Simple, fun and cheap. It works.

Here's a super simple, DIY picture frame project easy enough for children, but still fun for us adults.

All it took was some paint, glitter, stickers, temporary tattoos and some unfinished, wooden picture frames I grabbed in the crafting section of the local Super-center.

This particular means of making frames is easily customized and not bad on the budget. I like that in a project, especially in one for kids, teens or tweens who tend to get bored with things really fast.

While frames are typically thought of for photographs, they can be fun for creating and displaying art, too. Sadly, I'm not an artist. But, I like pretty pictures. What to do?

Squeezable glitters allow for isolated application and minimization of mess.

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I love glitter. A little sparkle makes things more special. I guess I'm like most girls in that sparkly things are appealing to me. Now, I mean a little, here and there, not everywhere. Squeezable glitter glues allow for the enjoyment of the visual affect without all the days of clean up after.

Seriously, it never seems to all go away no matter how much vigorous vacuuming and scrubbing I do. There's always that one little sparkling spec winking at me the second I finish! Most annoying.

Butterfly picture frame.

Sparkle picture frame butterfly peace sign project in work
Sparkle picture frame butterfly peace sign project in work | Source

Bring on the sparkle with stickers.

For the price of a few stickers or temporary tattoos, which is really about a nickle each, anyone can create some artwork they will love.

Follow along to find directions for how these frames were decorated. The directions will work for any patterns or colors desired.

Scattered throughout the sparkles, glitter and shiny gems you will find more affordable ideas for frame embellishments.

It's nice to have a little sparkle here and there. But not when it's all over the floor, furniture and fun.

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Do you want sprinkles with that?

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While this project has a good bit of sparkle and shine, it has not one speck of sprinkle glitter.

Mind you, I began with thoughts of using it, but it just didn't go down that way. Things seldom ever do go according to the plan. That's not the point. The point is tons of glitter, but no mess.

While it dawns on me only after having completed the project, I'm really liking it. The trick to this was in the product I used.

Is it a pen? Is it glitter? It's glitter glue that goes on like using a pen!

Melissa & Doug Glitter Glue Sticks (5 Set)
Melissa & Doug Glitter Glue Sticks (5 Set)

This size and consistency of this is really easy to work with for children and adults. Because it's really a glue product, sometimes it has to be squeezed fairly consistently to get a good even line.

This is difficult with many of the other brands on the market because they are so much larger. Ironically, they are designed that way largely patterned after fat pencils given to small children when they first learn to write because those are easier to manipulate.

However, writing does not require squeezing which is why what works for one tool does not for another.

 

How to make a sparkle frame. The degree of sparkly shine is totally up to you. Go through the gallery to see the directions.

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The stuff: Unfinished wood frames, acrylic paint, brushes, stickers, peel and stick gem studs, glitter glue.I used a ruler to get semi-straight lines for my stripes because I can't draw one to save my life.I picked my colors and started painting in diagonal bands. Blue, purple, green and yellow were applied in varying amounts. The purple took more.The purple took five coats, the other colors two. It seems strange but you never know what colors will take and what not. I should have primed it.Grab your sparkly stickers and hop to it. Since I did such defined bands of color, I made sure to get a few stickers over connections.Covering where bands join ties the whole thing together a bit. The frogs don't photograph well. They are too glittery and reflect funky in photos.I mixed glittering bubble stickers with peel and stick gem stones to get a kind of floating bubble thing.Out of all the glitters I had laid out it was a fluke I grabbed these that don't sprinkle. I only did so because of the tips.I thought using the squeeze stuff would just be so much faster and easier than painting on glue and sprinkling. Plus, less bleed out.Doilies, napkins, paper, cardboard, whatever can be tattooed for pennies allowing big and little kids to enjoy this cute art form.It's so simple. Cut out the sticker. Remove the film covering. Place it face down. Wet it. Rub hard and peel up the paper backing. Done!I didn't like the way the white ones I did to start with looked, so I redid them on these scraps.Same process as before, just different background.
The stuff: Unfinished wood frames, acrylic paint, brushes, stickers, peel and stick gem studs, glitter glue.
The stuff: Unfinished wood frames, acrylic paint, brushes, stickers, peel and stick gem studs, glitter glue. | Source
I used a ruler to get semi-straight lines for my stripes because I can't draw one to save my life.
I used a ruler to get semi-straight lines for my stripes because I can't draw one to save my life. | Source
I picked my colors and started painting in diagonal bands. Blue, purple, green and yellow were applied in varying amounts. The purple took more.
I picked my colors and started painting in diagonal bands. Blue, purple, green and yellow were applied in varying amounts. The purple took more. | Source
The purple took five coats, the other colors two. It seems strange but you never know what colors will take and what not. I should have primed it.
The purple took five coats, the other colors two. It seems strange but you never know what colors will take and what not. I should have primed it. | Source
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Grab your sparkly stickers and hop to it. Since I did such defined bands of color, I made sure to get a few stickers over connections.
Grab your sparkly stickers and hop to it. Since I did such defined bands of color, I made sure to get a few stickers over connections. | Source
Covering where bands join ties the whole thing together a bit. The frogs don't photograph well. They are too glittery and reflect funky in photos.
Covering where bands join ties the whole thing together a bit. The frogs don't photograph well. They are too glittery and reflect funky in photos. | Source
I mixed glittering bubble stickers with peel and stick gem stones to get a kind of floating bubble thing.
I mixed glittering bubble stickers with peel and stick gem stones to get a kind of floating bubble thing. | Source
Out of all the glitters I had laid out it was a fluke I grabbed these that don't sprinkle. I only did so because of the tips.
Out of all the glitters I had laid out it was a fluke I grabbed these that don't sprinkle. I only did so because of the tips. | Source
I thought using the squeeze stuff would just be so much faster and easier than painting on glue and sprinkling. Plus, less bleed out.
I thought using the squeeze stuff would just be so much faster and easier than painting on glue and sprinkling. Plus, less bleed out. | Source
Doilies, napkins, paper, cardboard, whatever can be tattooed for pennies allowing big and little kids to enjoy this cute art form.
Doilies, napkins, paper, cardboard, whatever can be tattooed for pennies allowing big and little kids to enjoy this cute art form. | Source
It's so simple. Cut out the sticker. Remove the film covering. Place it face down. Wet it. Rub hard and peel up the paper backing. Done!
It's so simple. Cut out the sticker. Remove the film covering. Place it face down. Wet it. Rub hard and peel up the paper backing. Done! | Source
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I didn't like the way the white ones I did to start with looked, so I redid them on these scraps.
I didn't like the way the white ones I did to start with looked, so I redid them on these scraps. | Source
Same process as before, just different background.
Same process as before, just different background. | Source
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Unfinished frames allow for customization, sparkle-ization and crafty goodness.

I like to go to the mall, sometimes. These days it's becoming the scenic route into surrealism, especially when scoping the prices. Yea, I'm cheap and I'm good with it. I'm not good with paying over a hundred dollars for a wooden frame. Get real.

Unfinished Wood Mini Assorted Frames
Unfinished Wood Mini Assorted Frames

These are so perfect for children, teens and tweens.

Coming in a set gives moms more options. Be it grouped for one kid room or divided up and used as project fodder for six kids, sets with multiples work really well for me.

These would make the most adorable Christmas ornaments with photos of the family. Great to display on the tree or send as gifts to grandparents, pictures of the kids are always a hit.

 

I like the little butterfly shaped frame.

Butterfly shaped sparkle frame
Butterfly shaped sparkle frame | Source

I don't like this insert. I made a boo boo here that I can't fix because it'sthe only glittery, purple peace sign temporary tattoo I had. I had a clueless moment and forgot to remove the film from the sticker beforehand.

I actually ended up applying it to the film covering. So, to salvage it, I just used the tattooed film and stuck the whole thing on the doilie.

Duh is really all I can say.

To glitter or not to glitter? That is the question. - Classrooms across the country are adopting zero tolerance polices.

Wanted! That most dangerous criminal, the crafty glitter user and kids everywhere.

Schools across America are banning sprinkle glitter like was a classified substance citing clean up problems for outlawing the holiday and event stand by of cheerleaders, teachers, spirit club leaders and crafty kids everywhere.

It's just a thought, but isn't education supposed to be partially about instilling a sense of responsibility? Is it not reasonable to teach children to clean up after themselves by giving a three to five minute cleanup time at the end of class when doing such art projects?

Should sprinkle glitter be banned?

Painting allows for do overs.

Sparkle frames diy version
Sparkle frames diy version | Source

Frame options other than painting:

Decoupage ideas:

Comic books

Newspapers

Maps

Seed packets

Trading cards

One thing I like about paint and fabric coverings is that they allow for doing over again after a time.

When you get tired of it and want a change, simply scrape off the embellishments, sand a bit and repaint any color you want.

Be it a solid color, bands of color like what was done here, sponge painting a few shades, dyes, tints, stains or even stamped, you can get any look you can dream up with just a little paint and some imagination.

Be it for a rainy day activity or to get some new décor, crafting is always constructive.

Sparkling frames for kids to make
Sparkling frames for kids to make | Source

Need some frames? Want a new look? Looking for something constructive for little hands and minds? Give a custom frame project a whirl. You'll have fun and get something you can use that no one else has. There's something about unique that just can't be beat.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @DANCING COWGIRL: :) Me too on the glitter! Here's wishing you much crafty fun on the picture frames.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      This would be a great idea for the box of old frames I have saved for some odd reason. I say keep the glitter in school!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @SuperBusyMama: Thank you. Here's hoping you and the kids have an awesome craftastic time :). God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Cesky: I hope you have fun. I did :) God bless.

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      Amanda R 3 years ago

      I need to make these with my kids. Great lens. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Cecilia Karanja 3 years ago from Nairobi

      They look real nice. I would love to do this.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @VioletteRose LM: Thank you :) Blessings and most happy craft projects for you!

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @tazzytamar: Thank you! Wow. That's a heck of a recommendation. God bless.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Great lens! Nominated for LOTD :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you :) It was fun. I want to do it again but with a bandanna and sticker theme. New project, yahoo.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      This is really pretty.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @smine27: Thank you :) God bless!

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      I always seem to end up using glitter when I make cards, I think it gives some extra. I have not made frames like this yet, but I could do as a gift for kids of my friends or with them.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I am amazed at your creativity. Thanks for sharing another awesome lens with us.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Marja79: I agree. A little sparkle always gives something more. I hope you all have some fun with the frames. One good thing, it's always a great excuse for taking some new photos :).

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @girlfriendfactory: Thank you :). That's so sweet. I'm looking forward to reading. God bless.

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      girlfriendfactory 4 years ago

      So cute! I love sparkly frames and am adding this to my sparkly lens! Woot!