As an artist and homeowner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.
When searching around your house for interesting craft supplies and ideas for projects, look at your stash of unused picture frames for inspiration! Frames can create an interesting basic structure for wreaths and door decorations for all seasons and holidays. This tutorial shows you how to create a fall door wreath using picture frames, but the same steps and materials can be used to create decorations for other holidays and seasons too! You can use this quick and easy project idea for many years to come using different materials and designs.
I used two square frames for my autumn door decoration, but you could also use rectangular frames if you want. You can position your rectangular frames to make a cross shape for your door wreath, or set them in some other arrangement before adding your other decorations.
Materials for Making this Project
- two picture frames - I used two 12 inch square frames, but you can use frames of any size and shape you choose. They do not need to be the same size or shape. You do need to be able to remove the glass and backing completely so you can use only the outside frame.
- an embroidery hoop or grapevine wreath that fits inside your overlapped frames
- your choice of various ribbon, twine, or garland to decorate your wreath
- other items like artificial flowers, leaves, pumpkins, or pine cones to add interest to your wreath
- hot glue gun and glue sticks, and potentially some other type of glue to adhere your frames together in position
- scissors, ruler, and other basic supplies
How to Make a Fall Door Decoration Using Picture Frames
1. Unwrap your frames and remove the glass and backing completely so you only have your outer frames. Then decide on the arrangement of your picture frames to form the structure for your door decoration. I positioned my two square frames to form a 8 pointed star. But you could also use rectangular frames to form a cross shape or some other arrangement. Whatever shape your decide on, make sure your arrangement is balanced so it will hang straight on your door or wall.
2. (Optional) Paint your frames using the appropriate paint for your frame material. I knew I wanted to use gold frames for my wreath, but couldn't find any square frames in gold. So I bought some spray paint made specifically for use on plastic and sprayed my frames outdoors, then let them dry.
3. When your frames are dry, wrap each one with ribbon or twine. You can use the same ribbon or twine on each frame, or use a different item on each. It is best to use a flat material like ribbon to wrap around your frames so you will still have tight contact when gluing them together.
4. Now glue your frames in the arrangement you chose for display. Use the appropriate glue for adhering your frames together permanently. I used Gorilla Glue Clear Grip to ensure my frames will hold together.
5. This is also a good time to add a loop for hanging if needed. I added a loop of twine at the top point of my frames to hang my finished wreath.
6. (Optional) I wrapped some ribbon around the inner circle of an embroidery hoop and glued this in place on my top frame to add more interest to my design. This is optional, but you could also use a grapevine wreath in the same way.
If you'd rather have your hoop sit inside your frames, you can cut the embroidery hoop down in size. Using big scissors or a utility knife, cut your hoop and remove a small section so you can bend the hoop until it fits together inside your frames. Then glue it in place (be sure to add any ribbon or decoration to your hoop before gluing it in place).
7. Then I wrapped a fall garland with artificial berries around the outside my embroidery hoop. I glued the garland to the outer edge of my hoop using hot glue.
I had some garland left over, so I twisted it into a small circle and glued it inside my hoop. I wrapped this small loop with thin copper wire I had on hand so it would hold its shape.
The inside of your hoop or wreath is a good place to add some additional decoration to your design. You can add a hanging sign with a festive greeting, or a wooden initial for your family, or decorate a smaller embroidery hoop or wreath for the inside of your design.
8. You can add as much decoration to your wreath design as you want. I added some fall leaves, grass stalks, and fake berries to the side of my frames by gluing them in place with hot glue. The hot glue can make an unattractive blob on your frame, but I planned to cover this spot with more decoration. If you want to cover this area of hot glue, wrap some ribbon around this section (including the frame under it) and add a flower or bow on top.
9. My last step was to glue an artificial pumpkin over my arrangement of fall leaves and finish my wreath. The frames and embroidery hoop of this design should offer lots of places to add personalized decoration to your festive wreath.
I hope you enjoy making your fall door decoration!
© 2017 Donna Herron
Donna Herron (author) from USA on September 17, 2017:
Hi Dianna - Yes, this door decoration is an easy project to make for fall. You can keep it as simple as you wish, or add more embellishment as you choose. I hope you give it a try! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I appreciate it!
Dianna Mendez on September 15, 2017:
I'm not much for door wreaths but this one is an eye-catcher. I love the fall look and it seems pretty simple to make.
Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 25, 2017:
Thanks Heidi! I've been looking at craft sites where people had made lovely things out of old mouldings and architectural salvage. I don't have any old items around, but thought I could get a similar look by layering picture frames. I'm happy with how this door wreath came out. So glad you like it too. Thanks so much, as always, for your comments!
Donna Herron (author) from USA on August 25, 2017:
Hi Sally - Yes, I might be rushing the seasons a bit, but I really love fall so I'm excited to start decorating and crafting. As soon as I saw the fall supplies in craft stores, I knew I had to start making something. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 23, 2017:
I don't know how you come up with this stuff! You must just sit in the craft store, pick up a random supply (like a mundane picture frame), and think, "Hmm, what could I do with this." This looks so easy to get some beautiful results.
The holidays are just around the corner and I'll look forward to seeing what you come up with for this year. Keep the cute stuff coming!
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on August 23, 2017:
Very pretty Donna. Love the Autumn colours. Makes me think that this year is passing by very quickly.