Picture Frame Craft Ideas

Learn how to make a picture frame with our step-by-step instructions, photo’s and downloadable templates. These picture frames make great gifts, at the bottom of the page there are some great ideas that you can use to personalize your picture frame.

Once you have made one picture frame you will easily be able to adapt the template. You can easily make the frame larger or smaller with a few adjustments for more picture frame craft ideas.

Materials and Equipment

  • Template
  • Thin card
  • Scissors
  • Glue or double-sided sticky tape

Picture Frame Template

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

Printing the Template

Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.

One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.

Mia’s Top Tip


You can change the size of the template to make different size frames.

The central area is marked on the template by the heavy black lines.

Stick your photo or picture to the central square before making up the frame for a nice neat finish.

The sides of the frame of this template will cover the central square by 2cm (3/4”) so bear this in mind when fixing your picture.

Picture Frame Craft Ideas Tutorial





Cut out the frame shape from the template.

Score along on the lines including the heavy black ones.





Crease along the scored lines. Folding each side towards the center.

You can add your photo or picture here if you want the edges tucked behind the frame.

The frame will cover 2cm (3/4") of the central square.






Attach double sided sticky tape or glue the outermost flap and tabs on the patterned side of the card.




Stick the tabs to the sides of the frame as shown in the picture.






Stick the outermost flap onto the central square to create the frame.




Add your picture or photo if you haven't already done so.




Cut the stand from the template and stick both pieces together.

Score along the line and crease. Attach to the back of the frame.

The stand should be in line with the bottom of the frame and roughly in the center.

Mia’s Craft Ideas


You can decorate your paper using one of my painting techniques. It is easier to print the template directly on to your card first. The printer may damage your paintwork, or if the paint is really thick you may damage your printer.

Alternatively use one of my decorative printer paper designs, print the template on one side of the card and the decorative pattern on the other.

Sticky ribbon or stickers are easy to use and will look great on your picture frame.

Use scraps of pretty paper as a background for pictures cut from magazines or old cards.

Mia’s Gift Ideas


These picture frame craft ideas make great gifts.

Pressed flowers make an unusual gift and will look great in your picture frame.

Arrange them in the center of the main square not too close to the edge before completing the frame.

Cover with sticky backed plastic to preserve and protect the flowers.

A photo of the grand kids would make a great present for any grandparent.

A photo of their pet or favorite cartoon character would make a great present for a child.

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