DIY Part 1: Decorative Frame.

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in DIY

Having had some free time on my hands lately, I’ve been keeping myself occupied with a lot of DIY.  For the longest time, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect picture frame for our bathroom. But, I could never find the right amount of shabby chic on online stores. So, deciding that I had to probably fend for myself, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. Pinterest never gives you simple, easy to make ideas. So I had to be a bit creative and figure something out.

I had some patterned paper lying around (my husband and I have this tradition of designing our own wrapping paper for different occasions, and this was left over from my nephews 1st birthday) – and thought I’d put it into use as I really liked how the colours worked with each other.

(The completed product is at the end of this blog post)

You will need:

  • A pair of scissors
  • 2 types of different patterned paper (slightly thicker than normal)
  • White card
  • Glue
  • A pencil
  • An empty frame
  • Spare paper




You will need to cut a piece of card for the backdrop of your frame, which will also be used to stick your hearts on – the size of the card will depend on the size of your frame.

Next, you will need to draw a heart on the spare sheet of paper in any size you like  (again, depending on how well it fits in with the size and shape of your frame) – this will act as a template for your hearts. Once you have drawn your desired heart, cut it out and place it on one of your patterned papers, trace around it in pencil, and cut it out. Repeat this on the same patterned paper. And then repeat twice on the other patterned paper. Cut your hearts, so that you end up with four hearts, two from each pattern.

Once you have 4 cut hearts, take a heart from each pattern and stick it on your sheet of card, in your desired position. I did mine side by side as I thought it looked nicer with the rectangular frame. Leave it to dry for a few seconds.

Next, take the other two hearts, fold it inwards in the middle so its equal on both sides and so that, when placed on a flat surface, it looks like a butterfly on a flower. Apply glue on the back along the fold. Then, stick your folded heart on the alternative patterned heart that is already stuck on the card. Repeat for the other pattern.

Finally, place your card in the frame, make sure it pops from either side so that the flat hearts pattern is visible. Seal it up, and voila!