Ginger Snap Crafts: Stenciled Picture Frames {tutorial} #decoratingwithpictures

Stenciled Picture Frames {tutorial} #decoratingwithpictures

Hello! Today I am so excited to be over on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke helping her with her Decorating with Pictures series. :) You’ll have to pop over there to check out my post & to enter a fun giveaway from Designs by RH. You’ll also want to browse the other Decorating with Pictures posts from some of your favorite bloggers. I love seeing how everyone decorates their homes with family pictures. I LOVE family pictures. :) Today I’m excited to be sharing this easy stenciled picture frame tutorial. I’m using these frames to display some of our favorite family pictures on our fridge! I’d much rather see cute pictures of my family over clutter on the fridge! haha! So keep reading to see how I did it!

How to Stencil Frames with #tutorial #decoratingwithpictures

picture frame tutorial

For this project you’ll need a few supplies:
wooden frames (I found mine at Walmart for $1!!)
acrylic paint
foam brushes
1 inch magnet tape
vinyl stencils (I cut these chevron, dots & striped stencils with my Silhouette.)
X-ACTO knife
paste finishing wax
hot glue gun

frame #decoratingwithpictures #supplies #gingersnapcrafts

First I painted my frame the lighter color ~ yellow. I used two coats & let dry.


Next I applied my vinyl stencil. For an easy how to apply vinyl tutorial go HERE.

picture #stenciled #frame #silhouette

Then I used an X-ACTO knife to cut away the excess vinyl.

picture frame tutorial

Now my frames looked like this:

frame vinyl stencils

Next I put a thin layer of decoupage over my vinyl stencils. I did a more detailed version of this easy stenciling technique HERE.

frame stenciling with Americana Decoupage #stenciling

After the decoupage dried I put two coats of my contrasting color on top. Then I let it dry.

frame with polka dots #polkadots

Then I pulled off the vinyl with my Silhouette hook (or you could use tweezers). I love those clean lines! :)

frame #stenciling #diy #frame #decoratingwithpictures

The decoupage acts of a sealer so you’ll get nice crisp lines almost every time using this method of stenciling.

frame #chevron #stencil

It’s almost a little bit too perfect though! haha! So a roughed up my frames a little bit with some medium grade sandpaper.

frame #distressed #chevron #wood

I rubbed my frames down with a damp cloth do get all the dust off. Then I used a clean cloth to put some finishing wax on them. I let it dry for about 15 minutes, and then buffed my frames with a rag. This gives them a nice finished look. I first used this finishing wax on my new organizational wall. Love this stuff now! :)

frame #finishingwax #minwax

The last thing I did was hot glue some magnets on the back of the frames. :)

frames magnetic frames #diy #magnets

I love how happy these frames & pictures make my fridge look! :)

decorating with pictures

You can find the I love us printable HERE from the lovely ladies at Eighteen25.

#decoratingwithpictures #gingersnapcrafts

Stenciled Frame Tutorial from #decoratingwithpictures

Here’s some more of my favorite projects with pictures. :)

more ideas with pictures from

photo books, easy back to school photo prop, DIY canvas prints
photo pendants, DIY photo block, family wall

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This project & post were created for Ginger Snap Crafts by Ginger Bowie.


  1. I must be missing a step, but how do you turn that solid sheet of vinyl into a stencil? I tried to look at your more detailed links but they were a dead end.

    1. Hi Cindy! The vinyl does come in a solid sheet but I used my Silhouette to cut the chevron, dots & striped designs into it. So when you stick the vinyl design on your frame the paint won't be able to go where the vinyl is leaving the design behind. Hope that makes sense! In the above pictures the green is the vinyl. Vinyl is just like a big sticker. It works awesome as a stencil. If you don't own a Silhouette you could use contact paper (or vinyl) to do the same thing. You could use a circle punch to make the circles, use a paper trimmer to cut stripes, etc. Then stick them on your frame & paint over them to get the same kind of pattern. I fixed the link above to the stenciling post. Sorry about that! If you'd like to check out a how to cut vinyl post you can check this one out: Thanks for your question! :)

  2. I love this idea! I can't stand a cluttered fridge but these frames look so cute and not clutter-y at all. Pinned so I can make some myself.

  3. I like these ideas of the photo frames. Custom Frames Melbourne who offers the designed picture in just reasonable price and decor your room.


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