Monday, January 31, 2011

Framing A Frame


Once the nightstands were finished, the space between the stand and the accent wall border really bothered me!  I knew the lamp would help fill the space but it sooooo needed something else…..  that’s when I stumbled on this frame within a frame by Crafty Nest.  I wish I could say I was lucky and got mine frames from the thrift store like Ms. Crafty Nest but I purchased my frames new.


Here are the two frames that I am going to use.   The large one measures 16x20 and the smaller one holds a 4x6.  I went back and forth whether to use a 8x10, 5x7, or a 4x6.  I decided on the smaller 4x6 because it would provide more white matting, which is something that this room really needed!


  1. Remove glass and the backing out of the larger frame.  Set the glass aside you won’t be using it  {save for another project!}
  2. Cut a piece of heavy foam board the same size as the large photo frame. 
  3. Find the center on the back board that came with the frame. 
  4. Center your smaller frame on the back board and trace around the outside edge of the fame.  DO NOT cut on this line!!!  The small frame would fall through and you won’t have anything to glue the small photo frame to.  
  5. Now before cutting an opening, look at the back of the smaller frame, find out how much space is from the edge to where you insert the photo.  This is how much you can cut away.  My frame had a nice inch border around the back.


Only one problem with this!  I couldn’t get to the little tabs that open up the back of the small frame!  Quick fix by removing a bit more of the foam board on that side.   If you run into this same problem, remember the hole isn’t center anymore!


Now to cover the foam board.   

I had some white linen material that I found in the remnant  bin at Hobby Lobby a few months back.  It going to be perfect for this project because it is heavy and has a bit of texture!  

Cut a piece of  fabric a little larger than the foam board.   Okay you could cut your fabric the same size as the foam board but I hate stressin’ about lining up the edges perfectly, plus I wanted it to wrap the fabric around the back when I place it into the frame.  I’m hoping this will keep the fabric taut.   

Spay the back of the fabric with spray adhesive and then carefully lay the fabric over the foam board.  Press and smooth down well.  Cut the center out with a big X and wrapped the edges to the back.


Assemble the large frame by placing the fabric covered foam board in first, then insert the back board that came with the frame, and lastly press down the clips to secure in the frame.


Center the small frame on the front and glue. 


Lift the frame and double check that the opening is aligned and can be opened!


Allow the glue to dry for several hours.


I took this photograph through the master bedroom window while it was snowing a few weeks ago!  I thought it would be fun to change out the photos seasonally.


Close up of the linen fabric.


See how it really fill the space between the nightstand and where the accent wall paint begins.  Love this!



  1. I love it! It looks great and would work perfect in any space. I have a piece that I can't find a matte to work and didn't want to spend the mulah to get it professionally done.
    You make it look easy!

  2. That looks really cool!! What a creative way to take up space where we sometimes need something to fill it in and can't find just the right thing.

  3. It looks wonderful, you did a Great job! and yes you do make it look so easy!

  4. I fits perfect on the night stand! The tutorial is easy to follow and this going on my to-do list! Thanks.

  5. That is very clever looks really neat too!!~

  6. What an interesting idea! It looks great!

  7. I love this! I'm really into doing different things with frames right now and this is perfect!

  8. Great idea and it looks wonderful. Super tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  9. Love the features. Good God.. the baby kisses thingies. YUM. So many good links this week!

    Linked up and ready to roll.

    xo Jeanne.

  10. It looks fantastic! I can never remember to use fabric on a matt that is not exactly what I want. Thanks for sharing this great project.

  11. That's a great idea, thanks for the step-by-step!
    Rita @May Days

  12. What a great, clever idea! I would've never thought of that....but boy does it look good ;)
    Happy Monday Carrie!

  13. Great I dea! I never would have though of doing something like this.

  14. I too love this project!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  15. Love this idea!
    I shared a link to this on my blog's FB page.!/AGlimpseInside

  16. Great project! I love the idea of using foam board instead of a matte. So much less expensive. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Carrie that is a GREAT project! I love the look and the size...too, this would be great for autographs for whatever occasion(teacher, sports, etc), so doubly good!

  18. This is so great Carrie! I love this idea and never knew how to even begin to do it! Thank you for the tutorial!

  19. Thanks for the tutorial! Great pics and a fabulous project!

  20. I love it! Definitely o my to-do list! For this you deserve an award! Check out my post!

  21. SO cute! Love this!

    PS - I'm a new follower - love your blog!

  22. That is such a good idea. I have a bunch of frames that could be use for this project.

  23. I love this! It looks like a gallery framed piece with the big space of white around the photo! I'm bookmarking this for some basement art once we finish this project :)

  24. This looks pretty easy... I need to try this myself... They turned out great!

    Please share this over here:

    We would love to have you join us!

  25. That is so clever! It is darling and so creative! You did a really great job on it!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  26. This is so cool! I've been wanting to do something new for our living room and this may be it! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  27. I love the framed picture of the bird.



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