Introduction

We gave some thrift-store picture frames a shabby-chic finish then filled them with cork and pretty fabric to create a stylish new way of displaying photos and mementos.

Step 1

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Prep Frames

We used two picture frames that are the same size, but have different detail around the border. Remove the glass and cardboard backing. Sand the wood so the finish slightly comes off. 

Step 2

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Apply Paint

Apply a thin layer of paint to the frame. If you want to do a shabby-chic finish on the frame don't worry about covering the frame completely.

Step 3

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Give It a Rustic Finish

When the paint is almost dry, use a rag to wipe off some of the paint so the finish below shows through.

Step 4

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Cut Fabric

Lay the frame on top of the fabric. Cut the fabric along the outside of the frame. The extra fabric will be folded over the back of the inside cardboard.

Step 5

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Add Some Iron-On Flair

Use iron-on letters to spell out a name or message on the fabric.  Make sure to place the letters so they do not sit under the frame.

Step 6

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Press

Following the directions on the package to iron the letters onto the fabric.  

Step 7

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Measure Cork to Backing

Use the frame's cardboard back as a guide to mark and cut the cork. Use spray adhesive to attach the cork to the cardboard.

Step 8

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Attach with Spray Adhesive

Apply spray adhesive to the fabric and then lay it onto the cork. Make sure the letters are placed where you want them. Smooth out the fabric with your hands to remove air bubbles. Fold the excess fabric over the back of the cork. 

Step 9

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Press Down Fabric to Finish

Press down on the fabric to bind and remove any air pockets. 

Step 10

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Press Into Frame and Tack Down

Carefully place the fabric-cover cork back into the frame and press the frame tacks down to secure it. 

Step 11

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Photo by: Joanne Palmisano ©Susan Teare

Joanne Palmisano, Susan Teare

Enjoy!

Get creative with combining frame styles, colors and fabrics to personalize message boards.