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DIY Personalized Photo Frame

Updated on November 19, 2014

It's the end of another school year. which means 'end of the year' gifts. What gifts for which event are the forefront of your thinking.

Gifts for your students:

  • completed another successful school year
  • kindergarten graduate
  • elementary school graduate
  • middle school graduate
  • high school graduate
  • college graduate

Then what about teacher gifts? We always want to say thank you to our teachers for working with our children, especially the young children, throughout the year.

Now is the big gift giving time of the year for either your students or your students' teachers.

But what do you get this year? Out of ideas? Don't want to spend much money? Don't have a lot of time?

Here is a quick, easy, personalized, memorable and very affordable graduation or teacher's gift that anyone can do with no extra time and very little money.

A DIY personalized photo frame. I have also taken this same concept and applied it to personalize photo albums as well if you want to take a look at that.

Using this method gives a professional looking raised embossed effect on the frame or album. People will not know the difference.

I've made dozens of personalized photo albums using this method for several clients and never had one return but lots of compliments on how pleased they were with the outcome.

It almost seems too simple to be true but it's a great easy and affordable way to personalize a variety of items.

The personalized photo frame will cost you less than $5 and can be done in less than 30 minutes once you have all your supplies gathered..

Are you ready for this simple project?

Let's take a look.

Time required: 30 minutes or less

Difficulty: easy

Cost: less than $5


  • Your Choice of Photo Frame
  • Adhesive Back Letters


  • toothpick
  • x acto knife


1. Gather Materials: Your choice of photo frame and adhesive back letters. Pick the style and color of your choice.

2. Pre-Plan Wording: This is an important step. Make sure all the spelling is correct and find the center of your phrasing to match with the center on the photo frame. Also count your letters in your phrasing to make sure you purchase enough adhesive letter sheets. In my example, I needed 4 lowercase e's so I needed to make sure there were enough on the alphabet sheets I purchased.

3. Clean and Mark Center of the Frame: Just a quick check to make sure there is no oily residue of any sort so letters will stick. I generally only need to wipe off store shelf dust that may have accumulated or maybe any sticker adhesive left behind.

Then be sure to mark the center of your frame with a removable mark. This will help with spacing the adhesive letters.

4. Prepare to place letters: Begin placing the letters removing them from the sheet by using either a toothpick or an x-acto knife to make the job easier.

5. Place the Adhesive Letters: Using your center mark, begin placing the letters starting to the right of the center mark until you have completed the full word.

6. Continue Placing Adhesive Letters: Then proceed to place the wording on the left to the center mark working backwards for a balanced look over all.

7. Admire a job well done!

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Tell me what you think? Is this a project you can do? Thx for stopping by, share your projects with us and be sure to check out my crafting blog, Momma's Pajamas for more DIY ideas.


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