DIY PAINTED PHOTO FRAMES – A Quick, Fail Proof, Cheap Gift to Make For Mothers Day

This post shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to paint second hand photo frames and how fantastic they are to gift as presents or to resell at a Market stall. With Mothers day just around the corner this would be a great DIY project to do with your children or to sell at a Mother’s Day Craft SalePhoto 25-04-2017, 2 08 27 PM

The Photo Frames displayed in this post have been painted with white chalk paint, a variety of colored spray paints and some have been decorated using a decoupage Technique. How you choose to complete your Frames is a personal choice. This post is a guide line only.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 21 03 PM

The first fun part of redecorating your photo frames is in the purchasing. All my Frames have been purchased from Op-Shops/Thrifts Shops the prices ranged from 50c to $2 Australian. Op Shops always have a massive collection of Photo Frames for sale and if you are new to op shopping you will be astounded by how cheap the prices are so much that you will never want to purchase retail again.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 09 34 PM

Chalk Paint in Australia is rather expensive however one 500ml tin will last you a long time if only used for small projects. My Spray paints, I only use brands that have a primer incorporated in them and that can be adhered to any surface. Generally I only use Rust-o-leum and Krylon. However White King now have a suitable product available in many colours and it is half the price at $7.95 found at Bunnings. It worked perfect on my FramesPhoto 25-04-2017, 2 14 39 PM

Other items I used were Sand Paper- Scrapbook Paper- Tissue Paper- Modge Podge-Lace Trim- Bees Wax Sealer.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 28 45 PM

STEP ONE: Clean all your frames and remove the glass ensuring you remember which glass fits which frame.

STEP TWO: Paint all your Frames and leave to dry. Whilst they are drying The next fun thing is to choose coloured papers and cut to correct size to fit your frames.

STEP THREE: Once Frames are completely dry use your sandpaper of different grades, This being my Favourite part of the project, use the cut of the frame, edges and lines to distress your frame the way you like. I enjoy working with the wood and it’s lines and patterns distressing deeper insome sections than other. If the Frame had an overlaying pattern I rub the sand paper over the top so that the pattern shows through mixed with my paint colour it is very effective.

STEP FOUR: Clean your frames thoroughly ensuring all dust is removed and then rub or spray with you preferred sealer for the frames that are complete, decoupage first the ones that you intend. Then ensemble your frames together with coloured papers and photos and they are complete ready for gifting, selling or displaying.

It’s now time to share your project or comments as I would love to see your choice of DIY FRAMES. If you would like to share your DIY Projects you may like to become a collaborator on my group board PINTEREST INSPIRED DIY PROJECTS. please contact me at

Thank you for Reading


Patio Succulent Garden

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I DO NOT have a green thumb. As much as I love to water my plants,
I read all the instructions, plant at the appropriate times of year
so on and so on…..

Nothing I plant grows well; except
succulents, weeds. the grass of cause (that I am unable to mow )
and some  very sturdy hard weather standing plants that are rather ordinary looking. All other plants and seedlings regardless of how much attention and TLC I give them-  start off looking amazing for the first couple of weeks then the leaves slowly start to whither with a droop and a bow forming in the stem until a complete stoop has been reached and the rich green of the leaves have turned from a  brown tinge to a bare nothing poof gone ……… slowly but sure another plant I have yet again killed.

However this does not deter me from my continuous quest of trying to  find ways to have a  garden. I am not as adventurous to actually move further than my small front patio.. my goodness I would have people egging my house if they were to see the amount of plants continually being destroyed by my very non-green thumbs, not to mention I would actually suffer huge bouts of embarrassment each time I was seen purchasing and replanting if I went any further than the porch. 

Sooooo if that means I have to put a couple of imitation plants on the patio and blend them in with the ones that actually live. Then that’s what I will do. Fingers crossed this cute little project has worked out a winner and I think I may extend on it a bit more.


I am not at all taking any credit for the eazy peazy steps for this quick and easy patio make over. There are many ways it can be done. I have an entire board dedicated to it on Pinterest you can also see some of the great christmas gifts I made with succulents and kitchenware.

WHAT YOU NEED: Cheap Cactus potting mix Cheap Crushed Rock (I used White), Cheap Succulent Plants, Any type of cup -disk-kettle-container you want to plant in. I used gardening gloves and a scoop.(Nails had just been done)

WHAT TO DO: Place some crushed rock in the bottom of your container-pour in potting mix leaving enough room for your plant.- Remove plant from temporary container take of excess Fertiliser from around roots. -Secure your plant firmly then top up your potting mix.- I have with some place the crushed white rock around the top for a nicer effect, I do that with all the ones that I gift and…….TRADAA. There you have it.