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DIY Picture Frame Wreath

May 18, 2016

I’ve been on a wreath making binge lately. In the past few weeks I’ve made 9 wreaths with several more planned for next week.  It’s hard for me to choose my favorite wreath. I love all of them. But today I made my most favorite wreath of all….using a picture frame I picked up at Salvation Army!

Picture Frame Wreath3


I love finding treasures in thrift shops.  Like the amber lamp I found and gave to a friend that matched her brown dining room…the one I mentioned earlier this week in the Trash to Treasure Lamp Makeover.



This lamp was only $3.00!!! I couldn’t use it myself,  but I also couldn’t leave it behind. I called my friend, who was thrilled to have it. Here, I had just painted the metal parts an oil rubbed bronze color, for her.

While finding a treasure is fun…what I like even more is the challenge of making something out of something that has seen better days. Trash to Treasure gets my artistic juices flowing.  That’s just what happened when I visited The Salvation Army a few weeks ago. That’s where I found this old picture frame.

jennifers frame wreath before

Now, it didn’t look like this when I found it! It was a cream color, that had yellowed, badly. I forgot to take a before picture….

I painted it light turquoise (above) to match my daughter’s dining room, but ended up painting it a darker turquoise and adding highlights,  so the details of the frame could better be featured.

picture frame wreth dark

jennifers frame wrerath cu accent

These highlights were made with the same paint I used on her lamps.   The highlights are a dusty Aqua.


Once I finished that,  I added white highlights to accent the detail even more.


I love this frame!



For this DIY Picture Frame Wreath project you will need:

Frame of choice

Paints of choice: craft, spray or latex paints or a combo

Sponge brush or paint brush or both

Flowers choice

Hot glue gun

Bow/Ribbon is optional

Find a frame as ornate as you like. If you prefer a plain frame, that works, too.  And then paint it. I spray painted this one, but you could easily paint with craft paint or leftover latex paint.

There are a couple things to decide. If you’d like the details to be featured as light,  then go with a darker paint overall. If you’d like the details to be darker then start with a lighter paint. I wanted my highlights to be light,  so I painted over the lighter turquoise with a darker turquoise.

After it dries,  you will want a lighter (or darker if frame is light) color paint to add highlights to show off the detail of your lamp. Or if your lamp is plain it will distress the frame to give it character. If you mess up…it’s just paint. Do it over.

I added white on top of that because there is so much to show off and accent on this frame.


 Next gather flowers. I found these silk flowers at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. But I have found nice flowers at Walmart and even the Dollar Tree. You just have to be selective.

I use a hot glue gun and I start in the corner with a Hydrangea. That’s where to start arranging your flowers. Cut the stems close to begin…but longer as you go up the frame. And give them space to show off. In other words don;t cram them all so close together you can’t tell them apart.


 Next add other colored flowers, spacing them along the frame.


Keep adding flowers until you’re happy with the design.


 I added some berries and tiny flowers for filler.

Don’t forget to add leaves in the background.


…easy as pie.

 After you have everything glued into place,  you may consider adding a bow to the bottom…or a ribbon to the top,  to hang it by.

It turned out so pretty, we’re considering using it in a bedroom or living room.

Have fun!

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  • Florence

    Renee, that is a lovely frame, and the wreath on it complements it so well! Great job!
    Dropping in from Katherine’s Corner to say hi.

    May 21, 2016 at 11:33 am Reply
    • admin

      Thank you so much, Florence! Stop by anytime!

      May 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Karren Haller

    Hi Renee, stopping by from Thursdays Favorite Things and I love the wreath you have made and I would love to have you share it with my readers on Fridays Features.

    I hope you can stop by!
    Have a great week!
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    May 26, 2016 at 7:55 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you for the invite! I’d love to stop by your Friday Features! I hope I’m not too late!!! It’s been a busy holiday weekend!….yikes.

      May 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Renee this is absolutely gorgeous. The level of detail you have put in the frame makes it so unique and full of intricacies and depth. And the flowers are the crowning touch. I am hosting a new link party called Sweet Inspirations and would be honored to have you join us. It runs Friday till Tuesday. Pinning.
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    May 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you so much! I will be happy to visit your link party! See you there!

      May 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Amy Young Miller

    I’m so glad that you made a comment on my “About Me” page! I am still blogging, but I just don’t have the time to post in the blogging groups right now. But I do miss it! I absolutely LOVE this frame, and I thoroughly admire your creativity and vision, to take a cast-off and make it something beautiful and new. Well done!

    May 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm Reply
    • admin

      You’re welcome, Amy. Do your posts go out via email when you post them to my inbox? Or is there someplace else I need to look to find your posts? Thanks for loving my frame wreath…I’ve had the frame a while, trying to think of something to use it for…

      June 4, 2016 at 10:26 am Reply
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      Thank you for featuring me… all the floral ideas!

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  • Brenda Hatcher

    I tried to spray paint my frame…it just puddled up. It looks like a wooden frame but has a glossy finish. Any suggestions on paint? Thanks!!

    January 31, 2017 at 5:40 pm Reply
    • admin

      Oh, no! Spray paint usually works for me, even on glossy surfaces…you might try to prime it first with Kilz or equivalent…then after it dries, try again. Or you could lightly sand the frame to roughen up the shiny finish….then try again…Hope that helps!

      February 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

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