DIY Painted Picture Frames

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. My family and I had a good holiday break. It went by too fast for me, but the days, months, and years go by super fast as an adult to me.

Anyway…one of my goals for 2018 is to consistently practice self-care. Last year I made more of an attempt to practice self-care, but I was still putting myself last a lot. This year I want to do a better job of taking care of myself and not always putting my wants and needs last.

Which led me to buy an Audre Lorde quote printable from TWSS Quote Shop on Etsy. The quote states, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” I bought this printable because I thought it would be the perfect quote to remind me to practice self-care consistently. I even knew exactly where I would place the quote, in my sewing corner. The only thing I needed was a cute picture frame.

Cute picture frames can be expensive. Most that I like are $10 or more and I really didn’t want to spend that much. Which is why I made my own DIY Painted Picture Frames. I was actually able to make two DIY painted picture frames for less than $8. I bought inexpensive picture frames from Hobby Lobby for $2.50 each and some paint from Jo-Ann for $1.50.

Creating your own DIY Painted Pictures Frames is super easy. I’ll show you how I made mine.

Supplies Needed for DIY Painted Picture Frames    

  • Wooden Picture Frame in the desired size                                                      
  • Acrylic Paint in desired shade (I used Folkart Rose Simmer Metallic paint for my frames) 
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Dixie Cup or Paper Plate
  • Wax paper (I started out using newspaper, but newspaper will stick to wet paint…wax paper will not stick to wet paint which makes it a better option)


  1. Place frames on wax paper.
  2. Squirt some paint in your dixie cup or paper plate.
  3. Use foam paint brush to apply paint in thin even strokes all over the picture frame. 
  4. Allow the first coat of paint to dry. Then apply an additional coat(s) in the same manner as step 2. Allowing the paint to dry before adding additional coats of paint until desired shade of paint is achieved. 
  5. Congratulations…you have your very own DIY Painted Picture Frames!!! 🙂

See…that’s really easy, right? I painted two 8x 10 picture frames because I actually bought two quotes from TWSS Quote shop. For each frame, I used four coats of paint to get the coverage that I wanted. Even though the bottle of paint is pretty small, I still have some left over from painting two frames.                   

This is a really easy project that takes very little effort but yields great results. I’m certainly enjoying my seeing my framed quotes in my sewing corner.




  • Reply Susan Jackson January 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    First of all they look great girl. I love how they turned out and I love that color choice. I also struggled with self care last year and want to make a better effort in caring for me. It is true how can we care for others if we our selves aren’t cared for! Thanks for always inspiring me girly,,,, I just love you to pieces!

    • Reply Sonya January 17, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Susan!!! Here’s to 2018 being our year to be more diligent in practicing self-care! 🙂

  • Reply Dre January 12, 2018 at 5:26 am

    These turned out so great, Sonya! I love them!! And of course you know I love the pink. The quotes from TWSS Quote shop are so inspiring. I have a Maya Angelou one from the shop up on my computer desk.

    And I’m totally with you on the self-care. I’m always telling people to practice it more often, but I caught myself slipping a bit last year.

    Here’s to more self-care in 2018! I wish you a year of prosperity and blessings! And I can’t wait to see more cute crafts like these here on the blog.


    • Reply Sonya January 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks Dre!!! I agree the TWSS Quote shop has some really inspiring quotes. I love seeing you self-care posts, they are always a great reminder to me that I need to practice self-care more often. 🙂

  • Reply Akaleistar January 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Those pink frames are awesome!

    • Reply Sonya January 17, 2018 at 10:22 pm


  • Reply Nerline January 15, 2018 at 3:26 am

    As moms, it’s always hard to focus on ourselves. We put all the focus on others. But self-care is very important. This is such a fun project to do with the kids. Mine would love it. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy new year!!

    • Reply Sonya January 17, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      This would be a fun project to do with kids. Happy New Year to you too!!! 🙂

  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey January 16, 2018 at 8:57 am

    They are so pretty! Love it!

    • Reply Sonya January 17, 2018 at 10:21 pm


  • Reply Tamara January 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    They’re so pretty. We’re renovating our master bedroom and the fun part is next – decorations. We love picture frames of all shapes and sizes and colors and quotes!

    • Reply Sonya February 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Your bedroom looks great.

  • Reply Dean April 25, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I’m so sorry I missed this post! Thank you so much for sharing my shop!!
    I love what you did with the frames. 🙂

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