How to: Make a Scrapbook Photo Block Frame from Scrap Wood

How to: Make a Scrapbook Photo Block Frame from Scrap Wood
This quick and fun project is a great way to use up not only scrap wood but also scrapbook paper, ribbon, fabric, buttons and other various leftover embellishments from past craft projects. (Who doesn't have some/a lot of those on hand?)NOTE: This photo block frame is suited for a 4" x 6" photo.

Supplies we used:

  • a length of 2" x 6" lumber at least 7 and 1/2 inches long'
  • 180 grit sand paper
  • paint brush
  • white primer
  • white paint, satin
  • Mod Podge
  • rotary cutter and mat or scissors and ruler
  • scrapbook paper or leftover fabric
  • at least 20 inches of ribbon, we used 3/8" wide white grosgrain 
  • embellishments, we used felt flowers and buttons
  • needle and white thread
  • glue gun and glue stick

Step 1: Trim your 2" x 6" to 7 and 1/2".

Step 2: Prime and paint the resulting block.

Step 3: Cut a piece of scrapbook paper or fabric into a sheet measuring 5" x 7".

Step 4: Slather on a coat of Mod Podge on the side of the block that you've deemed 'the front'.

Step 5: Apply your paper or fabric to the center of the podged block. Paper was used in this image:

Step 6: IF YOU USED PAPER, wait for the podge to dry and put another coat or two over the paper and block front. IF YOU USED FABRIC, you can skip this step.

Step 7: Cut 2 - 10" lengths of ribbon and sew embellishments and buttons to the center of one of them.

Step 8: Center the ribbon/embellishment at one corner of the block. You might want to use a 4" x 6" picture to estimate where the ribbon will need to be secured. (We're using the ribbon as photo corners.) When you find the center, tape the ribbon in place so it doesn't shift.

Step 9: Turn the block over, pull the ribbon firmly to make it flat against the sides and back. Hot-glue the ribbon in place on the back of the block. Trim ribbon ends if necessary.

Step 10: Repeat steps 8 - 9 for the corner opposite the last.

Slip your picture under the ribbon, and you're done. Here is Abby in her sweet pink frame (showing the world her tongue).

We also made one using fabric instead of the scrapbook paper. Navy blue check fit the bill. For embellishments, I painted one of the large flowers (from the same packet as the pink and green ones used above) orange.

That one is for Griffin's room:







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