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Make Hand-drawn Frames! August 25, 2009


Your frames make me happy, Dale Mackey!

Dale wrote a tutorial on how to make your own hand-drawn frame:

Cost: $10 (includes all materials)

Time: About an hour total

Materials: Wood shape, paint, paint pen, brush.

Today I happily report my newest series- faux frames.  I’m kind of in love with these and so it pains me just a little that they’re up for sale on Etsy.  I put three up this week, but one’s already sold.  I’ll be adding bunches more in the next couple of days, though.  Please do check them out, or contact me directly if you’d like your very own custom frame.  The frame below was a custom order created for a friend of mine.

Step 1) Start with a piece of wood.  You can buy unpainted wood shapes of varying sizes at most craft stores for pretty cheap.  Paint that wood a solid color using any acrylic craft paint.  I usually buy FolkArt brand paint- it’s cheap, widely available, and does the job. I used “metallic red” on this frame.

Step 2) After the wood has dried, find an image of an ornate frame that’s similar to the shape of the wood you have. In pencil, lightly trace the outline onto your painted wood.


Step 3) Fill in the outlined frame shape with a different color paint.  I always use gold, yellow, or orange, but you can use any color, as long as it’s light enough for black to stand out against it.


Step 4) Using the picture and/or your own imagination, lightly draw scrolls, leaves, and other lines to create an ornate design. Go over your design with a black opaque paint marker.




Step 5) If you want to hang the piece, you can buy small hooks to attach twine or wire to the top or back of the frame.  You can display the frame as is, or pin or mount a picture onto the wood.

If you would rather buy a hand-drawn frame, instead of making your own, check out Dale’s:


All Different Shapes and Sizes

The antlers come with!

The antlers come with!

Thanks Dale!