Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mother's Day Frames

My friend Brooke puts some amazing ideas on a budget on her blog Inside-Out Design.  It was after seeing her post on making a picture frame into something so much more that I got an idea of my own.  I was wondering if her technique would work with sand too!  So after asking Brooke what she thought I set out to the store in search of Mod Podge. 

I wanted to make a picture frame covered in sand to match our new family pictures that were taken on the beach. 

I found some clearance frames for $3.00!  Then found the Mod Podge, then I was at a loss.  I did not know it came in a Glossy Finish and a Matte Finish.  I pondered on my project for a moment and went with the Matte Finish.  I wanted the sand to look like sand. 

Frame Before

Sand, Matte Mod Podge, Sponge brushes, Frames, Timer, and a Plastic Bowl to put Mod Podge in (not pictured)
My handsome little helper Blake

1. First we painted the frames face as well as the inner and outer edges.

2. We placed the frames in the sand and pushed it up against all areas that had been painted with glue.  The picture above is what it looked like after one coat.

3. After allowing 15 minutes to dry, we painted the glue over the sand and dipped it in the sand again.

4. Repeat Step 3 until desired look.

2nd Dip

4th and Final Dip

5. After reaching the desired look, allow to dry 15 minutes.  Then thickly cover entire front and inner and outer edges with Mod Podge again. 

 6. Repeat step 5 after allowing frame to dry.

7. After allowing front of frame to dry, flip it over and seal the back with Mod Podge as well.

8. Repeat step 7 after allowing frame to dry.

Frame Detail

Finished Product!

I think they came out just as I had hoped!!!   Thank you for the inspiration Brooke!!!

**I used the timer because it allowed my son to know when it was time to start again.  It worked out great! Not having to hear "Is it time yet?" made the project more enjoyable for bothe of us!**


  1. I love these Heather!! You did such a great job!!! I'm featuring you tomorrow! :)
    Oh and thank you so much for linking to me!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring me Brooke! I am so honored! You are welcome for the links! It took me a bit to figure out how to do that! haha I had to give credit where it was due! :o) I would have never thought to do this if it wasn't for your glass frame!