picture frame, preferably in a light color, with minimal detailing or
cut-outs ( you can purchase these small, flat, hearts at your local crafting
store, they are usually wooden and come in packages of 10 or so. You may
opt to create your own
out of heavy paper or cardboard. If you do create your own, be sure to
make several )
glue gun and glue sticks or tape
To begin, remove the glass from the photo frame and place it to the side.
Cover your work space with some newspaper or other protective material as not to
damage it while working on your project. Using the heart shaped cut-outs
decide how you would like to arrange the hearts on the frame. The cut-outs
will be removed at the end of the project so that the natural look of the frame
shows through the paint on the frame! Depending on the size and shape of
your frame you may want to add a few hearts or several. You could even
purchase or make different sized heart cut-outs to use. Once you decide on
a pattern you can begin to attach the hearts to the frame (temporarily).
In this project I used wooded cut-outs and attached them to the frame with hot
glue. The hearts were quite easy to remove from the frame once it had
When you are sure that you have the heart shapes attached well and there are no
visible areas were paint could sneak under the heart shape, you can begin the
painting. Depending on the finish on the frame, the original color of the
frame and other factors, you may have you use several coats of paint to cover
the frame completely. In this project I used a frame with a natural wood
finish. I applied only a sheer coating of red paint to give it that
popular “weathered” look. You have many options! Don’t forget the
sky’s the limit. Be sure to let your own personality as well as your
Valentine’s shine through in your work.
Set the frame aside to dry. I recommend letting the frame dry overnight.
In the morning it’s safe to remove the heart cut-outs and view your completed
creation! if there are any areas where the paint may have blotched up you
can take a small paint brush and fill in some of the spaces. For my frame I
embraced the “mess-ups”! They add to the unique-ness!
Wrap this adorable photo frame up for that special someone and make this the
most Happy Valentine’s Day yet!