Polka Dot Picture Frame

Today I thought that I’d share a cute frame I made for Bug’s room.  We are personalizing her room with pictures and mementos, and I was trying to find cute frames for some of her favorite photos. It’s hard to find anything that wasn’t simply white, so I decided to make my own frames.

I started with a blank frame I bought at Michael’s years ago.  I think they still have them.  This particular one was MDF, but I’ve seen them in wood as well, which should work just fine.  I took the backing out and gave it a coat of white spray paint.

While the spray paint was drying, I used my hole punch and some leftover vinyl from another project and began making my polka dots.

Then I staggered the dots and began placing them all over the picture frame.  I liked the random look that hand placing them gave me, but you could certainly use a ruler or draw lines to line them up.  You could also make a striped or chevron pattern, if that’s what you are going for.

Then I gave the whole thing a couple light coats of lavender spray paint.  I knew I wanted to distress it, so I didn’t give it many coats or go too heavy.  If you like a crisper look, you would want to make sure the white paint doesn’t show through anywhere.

Then the fun part!  I peeled up all my polka dots and gave the whole frame a light sanding with a 220 grit sanding sponge.

You could leave your frame as is at this point, but I really wanted a frame-within-a-frame (my son calls it “Inception frame”) kind of look, so I went to Home Depot and grabbed some cheap molding.  This was in the decorative molding section, and it cost about $2 for a 4′ piece.  I used 2 pieces.  I simply mitered the corners and made a frame for the outside and one for the inside.  Then I gave them a couple of coats of white spray paint.

I attached my molding with some glue and finishing nails.  Once everything was in place, I touched up any nail holes and cracks with some white painter’s calk.  I think I could have simply glued it in place with E-6000 and skipped the nail gun, and I may do that next time.

And that’s all there is to it!  It is a perfect way to display some of her favorite pictures, and it took hardly any time at all to put together.  It’s a perfect afternoon project, and now that I have one made, I think I’ll let Bug make a few in different patterns herself.   :-)