DIY Striped Picture Frame #DIY


    If you are like me, you like to fill your home with photos of your friends and family.  After all, home is where the heart is, they say.  Unfortunately, I have been finding that picture frames have been getting ridiculously expensive and I wanted to come up with a more affordable option to display our photos and look great as part of our decor.


    The outcome was a beautiful striped picture frame that you can make right at home for a fraction of the cost of expensive store-bought frames.  You can customize them and use colors that fit with your home’s decorative scheme while saving a little money.

Striped Picture Frame-


  • 4×6 unfinished picture frame
  • Cranberry Apple Barrel paint
  • Tropic orange Apple Barrel Paint
  • 3 foam brushes
  • Clear modge podge
  • Painter’s tape
  • Decorative flowers (hobby lobby)
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun



1.  Start taping stripes on the frame, starting at the bottom so you have straight lines, with a tapes width in between
2.  Press firmly on all the edges of the tape
3.  With one of your foam brushes, paint over the entire frame and tape with clear modge podge to seal the edges so that the paint doesn’t seep through, then let dry
4.  Starting with tropic orange, paint the untapped area with a foam brush, and let dry, and apply a second coat, and let dry
5.  Once your tropic orange lines have dried, peel your tape off, and tape directly on the tropic orange lines
6.  Apply another coat of modge podge over the whole frame, including tape, and let dry
7.  With a foam brush, begin painting the wood with your cranberry paint, let dry, and apply a second coat and let dry
8.  Peel off the tape again
9.  Now that your frame is striped and dry, start hot glueing your decorative flowers on
10.  Put in a picture frame and show it off


    I hope you enjoy designing some for your home.  Make sure you share your finished projects on our Tough Cookie Mommy Facebook Page!

Let’s Discuss:  What are some of the ways that you display photos of friends and family in your home?

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  1. So easy to do and I love the color combo. This would be a perfect picture frame to hold those summer vacation photos!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    What a cute idea. I love how simple it is to make and how you can customize it with any color you want 🙂

  3. This frame came out gorgeous, I love all of these DIY projects. This one I will have to try and make.

  4. Wow, I love what you did with colors! It would be fun to try this out and put some more pictures in my hallways.

  5. That is so cute. My daughter loves to do stuff like this.

  6. What a cute and easy craft! I love the color combo and the way it turned out. DIY projects are so much fun.

  7. So creative. It would be so fun to do this project.

  8. Oh that is so cute and I love how easy it is to make – thank you!

  9. Those are fun colors! I love the look of the frame and something even I could do!

  10. So cute. I love DIY projects like these. So fun, and simple but always turn out very nice!! I shall try this one soon!

  11. Jennifer Williams says

    That looks easy enough that I could do it. I am beginning to explore DIY projects – will be adding this to the list.

  12. I love DIY projects I have only posted one of my own DIY project on my blog. Bella loves doing arts and crafts I can see this style of frame looking great on our walls.

  13. That is really a cute and creative way to display your pictures. This project is easy enough that your kids could help you with it! I love the color combination and the decorative flowers.

  14. I usually just use store bought picture frames, I know, LAME. I would love to try making something like this though! very cute.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is such a cute DIY project. I will have to get the supplies i need to make a few.

  16. Paula Schuck says

    I love this project. It is easy to do and looks amazing. I am going to try this for sure.

  17. How cute! I like your addition of the flowers.

  18. This is such a cute looking picture frame. I love how it is colorful & you have done an amazing job to the perfection. Such an easy yet creative craft work which I would love doing with my kids.

  19. How adorable. You could really get creative with these DIY projects.

  20. You did a wonderful job on the frame. I would need double painters tape to pain in the lines. LOL

  21. How cute is that! and easy enough that an older kid could do it as a craft.

  22. This looks store bought, great project idea for perhaps a pre teen and adult to undertake.

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