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★ DIY Mirrors & Photo Frames | Roundup of Craft Tutorials ★

How to Make Your Own Picture Frames & Mirrors

Mirrors and photos are usually on display somewhere in the home, so why not refashion them into something original, or even make your own from scratch? Plus, they make awesome gifts!

Below you will find a large selection of the best craft tutorials to give you instructions on making and decorating your own frames, plus inspiration for generating your own ideas.

Examples of projects include driftwood photo frames, mirror mosaics and photo frames made from books!

I hope you find plenty of ideas here for getting creative with frames :-)

Antiqued Picture Frame

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Photo and frame by Reese Dixon - Click here for the written tutorial and click here for a video of the process.

Framing Introduction

A Summary

Traditional picture framing is where timber molding or regular lumber is cut into 4 pieces to fit around your photo. The joints used to join these 4 pieces are diagonal miter joints which are glued with wood glue (and held together with clamps until it dries) and nails are often used too for extra strength.

Before framing, the photo or artwork often undergoes a process called 'matting' which refers to the mounting of the picture onto mat board. A specialist mat cutter is required to cut a hole out of the mat board (with a beveled edge) that is the same size as the photo/art. The photo/art is mounted onto the back of the mat board so that it is visible through the cut-out section of the mat. The mat board creates a space between the photo/art and any glass front in the frame, and it adds a blank border to the photo/art for a finished and professional look. Matting and framing is the classic way of displaying quality photos/art.

On this page I will be providing links to frame making tutorials that are more creative and decorative rather than traditional woodworking techniques. Most suggest ways to decorate frames rather than build one from scratch, and as you will see there are many different ways to frame both photos and mirrors. I've also included links to how-tos for making photo holders and many varied mirror projects that will look fantastic in your home. I hope you find lots of fun ideas!

Top-Rated Frames, Mirrors & Framing Craft Books

Driftwood Frame

DIY Mirror Designs

DIY Photo Holder

How to Etch a Mirror

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What You Will Need:

* Etching cream (Armour Etch)

* Craft knife and cutting mat

* Contact paper

* Glass mirror

* Foam brush

* Gloves and eye protection

* A printout of the design you want to etch; don't choose anything complicated and it makes it easier if you turn all of the areas you want to etch to solid black before you print it.

* Tape

* Scissors


- First, tape your design printout onto a piece of contact paper. Make sure that the contact paper is the right way up so that your design will be the correct way round when stuck on the mirror. The contact paper piece should be a least a few inches larger than the design.

- Follow this method to cut out the design with a craft knife.

- Stick the contact paper stencil onto the mirror in the chosen position.

- Put on gloves and eye protection, and make sure you protect the surface your are working on too - etching cream can be nasty stuff!

- Use a foam brush to apply the etching cream to the cut-out bits of your stencil according to the instructions on the package. Apply the cream evenly so you get an even etch.

- Leave the cream on the mirror for however long is recommended on the product you are using (usually 3 minutes or so).

- Carefully wipe the cream off the mirror and wash with water to make sure it's all gone. Remove the contact paper.

- Done!

You can have fun coming up with the design you want to use - my favorite ideas are song lyrics, quotes or maybe a mustache at just the right height so when you look in the mirror you suddenly have some mighty fine facial hair!

Best Products for Etching a Mirror

The following selections include an etching cream, contact paper and a craft knife (i.e. the materials required for the above project), plus I've listed some alphabet letter and pretty floral motif stencils designed for using with etching cream.

License Plate Mirror

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Click here for instructions on how to make this mirror.

Photo found via Junk Garden.

Fun Mirror Projects

Pencil Picture Frame

Decorative Mirrored Makes

Shell Mirror

Mirror Decor How-Tos

Mirror Mosaic

Mirror pieces are stuck to the top of a dresser before it is grouted.

Mirror pieces are stuck to the top of a dresser before it is grouted.

Customized Picture Frame

Simple and thoughtful way to embellish a plain frame; by adding a message, poetry, quotes or song lyrics in metallic pen.

Simple and thoughtful way to embellish a plain frame; by adding a message, poetry, quotes or song lyrics in metallic pen.

Cool Mirrors to Make

Paper Leaf Mirror

Even More Awesome Frames

Copper Pipe Frames

With the photos suspended in the centre of the frames using wire.

With the photos suspended in the centre of the frames using wire.

Crafty Mirrors to Make

Photo Frame Wall

This fantastic craft room wall has been created by painting photo frames on plain wallpaper. Artwork and photos are stuck inside the frames.

This fantastic craft room wall has been created by painting photo frames on plain wallpaper. Artwork and photos are stuck inside the frames.

Photo Frame Tutorials

Butterfly Frame

This mirror started with a plain frame, and the revamp consisted of a coating of black spray paint, plus faux flower stamens (I think) and fabric butterflies stuck all over to create a cool effect.

This mirror started with a plain frame, and the revamp consisted of a coating of black spray paint, plus faux flower stamens (I think) and fabric butterflies stuck all over to create a cool effect.

More Picture Frame How-Tos

Unique Upcycled Frame

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Photo and mirror by Miriam Tribe - Click here for DIY instructions.

Picture Hoop Hanger

This picture holder should be a pretty straightforward DIY; with a wooden hoop (such as an embroidery hoop), pegs and ribbon.

This picture holder should be a pretty straightforward DIY; with a wooden hoop (such as an embroidery hoop), pegs and ribbon.

Making Photo Holders

Branch Photo Holder

Frame Ideas & Inspiration

Photo Collage Frame

Frame Making Videos

Please Leave a Comment!

angelatvs on February 11, 2014:

Some fun projects here!

tonyleather on November 09, 2013:

Some very interesting ideas in this lens!

anonymous on October 31, 2013:

love all these awesome ideas!

anonymous on September 10, 2013:

great as visit really appreciate you

anonymous on August 06, 2013:

Love the custom picture frames, particularly the pencil picture frames, very inspiring!

maryseena on August 01, 2013:

Wonderful ideas Thanks for sharing. I'll attempt a few real soon.

ToolHire LM on July 30, 2013:

Well, I just voted "no" on your poll, but I'll definitely get my head around making one pretty soon! Thank you for the ideas!

Mary Collings from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland on April 16, 2013:

Wonderful - I love them all!

JeffGilbert on February 28, 2013:

There's a lot of great resources here... Great lens!!

barbea on February 04, 2013:

Love the do it yourself photo holder. Thankyou

ArmchairBuilder1 on October 03, 2012:

Great lens! Some really interesting ideas here for mirrors!

Bonfire Designs on September 28, 2012:

Love this lens, a reflection of creative talent!

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on September 12, 2012:

I love the mirrored chest of Drawers top idea.

daniela-lofiego on September 11, 2012:

Loved these! I want to make one now :)

caffimages on June 08, 2012:

Lovely ideas here, thanks.

kmyangel on June 02, 2012:

Very good ideas ! Congrats !

UKGhostwriter on May 26, 2012:

Fantastic lens ..pinned too!

Oosquid on April 21, 2012:

Enough good suggestions on this lens to spark some ideas, thanks.

teristazko on February 25, 2012:

Great ideas and lens!

Edutopia on January 15, 2012:

That TV frame looks pretty cool. Great job on this lens.

antoniow on January 15, 2012:

Great lens.Keep up the good work! thumbs up

InSearchOf LM on January 14, 2012:

Awesome ideas!

baby-strollers on January 14, 2012:

Super cool mirrors! Very stylish....

MariePalmer LM on January 14, 2012:

this is one of my favorite lenses...so artistic and just my style. Thanks for sharing it!

fullofshoes on January 14, 2012:

Congrats on a fabulous lens. I think I'll grab a few of these ideas; they are great.

kerryhrabstock on January 13, 2012:

Wow. Thanks for gathering so much stuff. I love several of these projects and can't decide which to try first.

Rose Jones on January 13, 2012:

For some reason I spent a ridiculous amount of time on this lens! I finally found 2 crafts I know I am going to complete - the paperbox frames in the youtube video and the stone stack photo holder. Why? Because I already have the stuff to make them with and they have a simple elegance. I also clicked out to a lot of blogs and snooped around. It is funny, some of the homemade blogs made with free services like blogger had page ranks of 3-5! Shows what consistently showing up to write great content might just bring. :) Thanks so much for this lens! Bookmarked so I can come back to it.

anonymous on January 13, 2012:

Lots of great ideas. I'm looking for a collage of 8x10 photo/sketches of family members. You've given me some ideas about how I might go about that. Thanks.

OzGirl LM on January 12, 2012:

Oh I am LOVING that old wood frame with the twine and clothesline holders -- that would be so easy to make and so cool! I'm going to have to try that one. Would look great in our home on the Kansas plains! :-) Great lens, thoroughly enjoyed it.

anonymous on January 12, 2012:

Those crafts are so amazing

grnidlady on January 11, 2012:

very cool lens!

totorotube on January 11, 2012:

very good idea!

ptnjust007 on January 10, 2012:

nice lens

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on January 10, 2012:

Great Ideas here! I loved them all.

Blackspaniel1 on January 10, 2012:

Nice lens

curious0927 on January 10, 2012:

Love this lens! Thanks, am going to be back and start making my own! Blessed by and Angel!

curious0927 on January 10, 2012:

Love this lens! Thanks, am going to be back and start making my own! Blessed by and Angel!

JanezKranjski on January 10, 2012:

I didn't realized, that they are so easy to do. Superb tutorial.

girlfriendfactory on January 10, 2012:

That cracked mirror mosaic top is awesome and so is the paper leaf mirror! Sometimes 7 years bad luck might be worth it, huh? Awesome ideas you gathered! Love it!

wheresthekarma on January 09, 2012:

I abslutely love this lens, bookmarked it!

Deadicated LM on January 09, 2012:

Thanks for all the really cool ideas, I love your Lens.

Fay Favored from USA on January 09, 2012:

There are some really great ideas here. I think the mirror girl is very unique. For years I have used mirrors to decorate my house, and even used rounded full length mirrors on my livingroom walls I think there were 10). It created quite an beautiful look. Maybe I'll put it in something. Can't imagine what though.

DLeighAlexander on January 09, 2012:

Great ideas! I really like the depth that mirrors give and you show so many creative ways to decorate with mirrors. Nice lens! :)

Tjoedhilde on January 09, 2012:

Very nice DIY compilation. Nice job! :)

jeremykim2011 on January 08, 2012:

Wow! Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

Godsgraciousgift on January 02, 2012:

nice lens

Harshitha LM on December 18, 2011:

Lovely ideas. I'm gonna try one of them for sure

WistaWren on November 11, 2011:

Great idea's ... there are at least 5 projects displayed here that I really want to try ... awesome collection ... 8o)

CreativeMind2011 on October 09, 2011:

Love the driftwood frame. It would be best for old photo effects like black and white. Such a creative lens!

Spikey64 on October 04, 2011:

The tree branch photo holder is brilliant thanks for the idea

Michelle77 LM on August 04, 2011:

There's a ton of great ideas here! ...i am aexcited to try some of these :) thank-u!

maizhanhui on August 02, 2011:

so great mirrors!

i like them!thank you for share!

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