How to Make Fun Paper Flower Frames

Looking for a handmade gift to create? You can never go wrong with a photo frame! These paper flower frames designed by Beth Watson first appeared in our I {Heart} Paper special issue. Follow Beth’s tutorial below to make a frame, insert a special photograph, and—voila!—you have the perfect artful and heartfelt gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any occasion.

paper flower frames
Beth Watson’s colorful paper flower frames make perfect gifts. (Photos by Sharon White Photography)

Fun Flower Frames by Beth Watson

My flower frames begin with a basic round wooden plaque. Instead of simply decoupaging photos on the surface, I use layers of decorative papers, techniques, and trims to give the plaque life. Below are simple steps and a variety of options. Use some or all of these ideas to create your own colorful frames.

Materials

  • Wooden plaques, round
  • Scissors
  • Decorative edge punches (I used punches from Fiskars® and Martha Stewart Crafts™.)
  • Paper, assorted (I use decorative paper from Crate Paper and October Afternoon, doilies, and tissue paper from Tim Holtz® Alterations.)
  • Glue (I use Aleene’s® Tacky Glue®.)
  • Double-sided adhesive tape (I use ¼″ Kool Tak™ Premium Extreme Tape.)
  • Circle and scalloped-circle punches (I use Fiskars punches.)
  • Pinking and scallop shears (I use Fiskars shears.)
  • Photo
  • Chipboard
  • Gel medium (I use Claudine Hellmuth’s Multi Medium Matte.)
  • Paintbrush
  • Optional:
    • Inkpad
    • Paint
    • Spray mist
    • Velcro®

Directions

1. Lay the wooden plaque face down on your work surface and attach a background layer—a strip, circles, paper wedges (See background options).

2. Turn the plaque face up and cut or punch additional strips or shapes from the paper (See layer options).

Optional: Use an inkpad, paint, or spray inks to distress some of the papers to create a unique look.

3. Continue adding layers of cut and punched papers with double-sided tape or glue in your desired configuration, making sure the previous layers can be seen.

4. Cut a favorite photo and a piece of thin chipboard in a circle to the front of the plaque. Attach the photo to the chipboard. Cut narrow strips from the decorative paper to frame the photo. (See photo below.) Add the narrow strips using gel medium and the paintbrush. Let dry. Attach the chipboard to the plaque with glue. (See opening photo.)

TIP: If the photo isn’t large enough, cover the chipboard circle with book pages and then adhere the photo.

5. Cover the back of the plaque/frame with decorative paper for a finished look.

Background options

• Cut several wide strips of paper with the decorative punch. Use scissors to cut 1″ slits in between each scallop on the strip. Glue the strips so they are hanging over the edge about 1″. (FIGURE 1)

FIGURE 1

• Punch circles from decorative paper and attach them to the back of the plaque, right side facing front, using glue or double-sided tape. The circles can be attached side-by-side or overlapping (as shown). (FIGURE 2)

FIGURE 2

• Cut a circle from paper that is approximately 1½″ larger than the plaque. Fold and cut the circle in half, folding and cutting until there are 16 pie-shaped wedges. Trim the outer edge with pinking shears in a curved pattern and attach the wedges to the back of the plaque with glue, leaving 1½″ exposed. (FIGURE 3)

FIGURE 3

Layer options

• Punch the edge of a paper strip and then gather the paper strip before attaching it to the plaque. (FIGURE 4)

FIGURE 4

• Crumple the paper strip, smooth it out, rub it with ink, and glue it to the plaque for a different look. (FIGURE 5)

FIGURE 5

• Place double-sided adhesive tape along the short edge of a short strip and fold it over to create a loop. Attach each loop to the groove on the front of the plaque with glue. (FIGURE 5)

• Use a doily or patterned tissue paper for the strips in place of the decorative paper. (FIGURE 5 & 6)

FIGURE 6

• Punch or cut circles from paper and then cut each circle in half. Attach the half-circles to the groove on the plaque. (FIGURE 6)


Beth Watson is a mixed-media artist who loves to create craft-store home décor in sunny Fort Myers, Florida. Visit her website at bwdesignstudio.blogspot.com.


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