There are a million ways to give an ugly old picture frame a beautiful shabby chic makeover, and one is to use pretty fabric. Here I’ve used a small leftover square of pretty pink, cream and blue hearts fabric to cover this rough old frame and make it once again worthy of hanging on the wall.
I started off with the last of my 99p-for-3 Ikea wooden picture frames which I’ve had for almost 20 years now. I laid it on the fabric and drew around the frame on the wrong side. Then, I just guessed how much extra fabric I would need.
Here’s my fabric template. It’s not very precise but it can be trimmed down later. I made a hole in the middle and cut diagonally out to the inner corners. Then I cut diagonally into the outer corners, ready to wrap the fabric around the frame.
I coated my cheap little frame with matte mod podge, my favourite crafting glue. PVA would be fine if you’re careful not to get any on the ‘right side’ as it dries shiny.
I carefully placed the fabric on the frame and smoothed out any creases and imperfections. Once you’ve done this keep one eye on your fabric as it’s drying. I noticed mine popped up and wrinkled a little bit so I had to smooth it a bit more. I also pushed a tool into each of the corners to make them nice and neat.
Once the mod podge had dried (about 15 – 20 mins for a thin coat) I recoated the frame with another layer for protection.
Finally I added some pretty lace and a little bow, sticking them all down with mod podge. I also added a layer of mod podge over the top of the lace to make it more hard wearing. I got the little ribbon bows from Ebay for 99p / 50 with free P & P. I know what you’re thinking – you could just tie your own – and I even have ribbon – but they are really convenient, for 2p a go. The little silver thing at the bottom – I have no idea where I got it from, I’m a compulsive hoarder. It looks like table confetti!
So there you have it – a pretty shabby chic picture frame and an easy way to cover frames with a little leftover fabric and a few scraps of lace.