Photo Frame Craft

Bet you haven't seen a photo frame craft like this before. Wanna make it?

This giant heart shaped picture frame is made with cardboard, burlap and lace. Here is an extra large version, that works well for an anniversary party or other special occasion.

It is hard to tell the size of this from the picture but this is BIG. It is approximately 3 1/2 feet high by 2 feet wide. Adjust it to accommodate the size of picture you choose.


Age: Adult

Difficulty: Easy

Time Scale: 3 out of 5


  • Large sheet of cardboard
  • craft paper to draw out template
  • 4-6 meters 1 1/2 to 2 inch wide ruffled lace
  • 2 meters of 2 inch wide flat lace
  • 1/2 meter of white lace material with flower pattern
  • 3x4 foot piece of burlap
  • 1/4 meter of off white muslin fabric
  • jute string
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • masking tape
  • sharp knife
  • ruler
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • white glue
  • plastic margarine container
  • 2-3 inch paint brush
  • heavy black scrapbook paper
  • cricut® machine * Don't have one? Wait don't go... see notes below

Originally, this picture was going to be cropped, printed in a heart shape and then put on top of a larger heart. The size wasn't really working out well for that. I had a change of plans. It is sometimes necessary to change an idea into something slightly different than the original plan.

If you don't have a cricut® machine, this photo frame craft idea can be adapted slightly, to fit with what you have. There is always a way around these issues. I wouldn't give up on this project just over not having a cricut®. It does make the project faster and easier, but it isn't absolutely required. Adapt and change this idea into your own version. You can do this by using a 2 inch letter stencil, 1 inch paint brush and a bottle of black craft paint.

Want to make your own? Ready to get started?

Photo Frame Craft

To make this photo frame craft, you will first need to decide what size picture you want to use. These instructions will be for a large one. It wasn't a standard size picture. It was larger than a 11x14 but smaller than a 16x20.

To determine the size of the heart required, lay the picture on a piece of craft paper and trace around the outer edge. Measure out at least 4 inches from the sides, near the bottom of the picture. (Less for a smaller picture.)

The picture will need to eventually be placed in the center, side to side but only about 3 inches down from the lowest top point on the heart. (Refer to the picture.)

When doing the shape freehand, it is hard to get the sides to match. Here's how to get them the same: Draw out one half of the heart and cut around the outer edge. Now, fold the paper down the center and trace out the other side of the heart. Now finish cutting out the shape.

Put this template on a large piece of cardboard and trace around the edge. Cut out the cardboard.

Mark out the opening for the picture, making it an 1/8th inch smaller, all the way around. Use a sharp knife to cut out the opening.

Cover the front of the cardboard with a piece of burlap. Fold over to the back and glue in place.

Cut out the center piece.

Mix a small amount of water with white glue in a plastic container. Use a 2-3 inch brush to paint this mixture over the burlap on the front of the heart.

Let it dry. Twiddling thumbs... waiting.... waiting.... waiting. Not good at waiting! I want to get this photo frame craft done! Wander off to find something else to do and forget it for a little while.

If you have that cricut, this would be a good time to cut out the lettering. Since this photo frame craft was for a wedding picture for a 60th Anniversary, the wedding date seemed appropriate. If you are using this as a giant valentine card, you will probably want to put something else. Maybe "Be Mine?"

What font you use, what you are writing and what size heart you are making, will dictate what size to make your letters and numbers. Check your spacing to make sure the lettering will fit. Adjust accordingly. Around 2 inches should work well, for the large heart. (Unless you are writing a book!)

Now you can glue on the scrapbook letters and numbers about 3 inches down from the bottom of the opening. The alternative method is to use a stencil and paint these on instead. Use a piece of masking tape for a level line.


Glue a 2 inch wide strip of flat lace around the opening, onto the heart. Cut the corners of the lace at a 45 degree angle.

Cut a piece of lace material and glue it on the one side, at the top of the heart shape. Fold it over to the back. Add strips of the ruffled lace to the bottom edge, where it meets the top corner of the picture.

If the lace material you are using has a flowered pattern on it, cut a couple of the flower shapes out and attach them underneath the lettering.

Add two layers of lace all the way around the outer edge of the heart. Glue these in place using a hot glue gun. Watch your fingers!


Make some material flowers with strips of muslin material. Glue them on to the photo craft frame, near the corners of the picture. Once again, you can refer to the photograph or just do your own thing.

When you have this decorated up the way you like it, turn it over and glue a piece of jute string to the back, to use as a hanger.

Attach the picture by adding masking tape to the back side. Now it's ready to hang up and put on display.

I was trying to find some stats on the odds of a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. I can't find anything, probably because it is so rare. The chance of making it to your 50th is 5%.

Congratulations to Fred and Agnes on their 60th Anniversary. An amazing accomplishment! This photo frame craft is a great way to display that wedding picture from 60 years ago.

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