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

by on Nov 1, 2013

"Scrapbook Photo Block Frame using 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’.

"Scrapbook Photo Block Frame from Scrap Wood"Step 5: Apply your paper or fabric to the center of the podged block. Paper was used in this image:

A pink and green plaid piece of fabric.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.

'Scrapbook Photo Block Frame from Scrap Wood"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.

"Scrapbook Photo Block Frame made from Scrap Wood to gift someone"A bordered surface has a ribbon and fabric and buttons flower attached to it with painter's tape.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.

Wooden piece and glue gun to make scrapbook photo block frame.Step 10: Repeat steps 8 – 9 for the corner opposite the last.

A piece of white painted wood has a plaid pastel design and is being further decorated.

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

A picture of a little girl in a pink frame with a red and green flower on the edge.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.

"Scrapbook Photo Block Frame from Scrap Wood"

That one is for Griffin’s room:

A photograph of a baby next to a ball of orange yarn.







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