Make your own marble-look frames from thrifted picture frames, plus I’m sharing a free floral printable set!
Have you ever walked through a thrift store isle with mountains of picture frames, but held back because you did not know how to upcycle any of them? Or maybe you did buy a couple, and they’ve been sitting in storage ever since because you haven’t had the time to transform them.
Today’s project is so easy; you’ll be able to pull it off in less than ten minutes. Get ready to transform some old, and maybe sad frames into DIY marble-look frames with contact paper. And I’ll even throw in a free floral printable set if you subscribe to my mailing list here.
This is also part of another Thrifty Thursday collaboration! Be sure to check out the other talented blogger’s projects at the end of this post!
What you need to DIY Marble-look frames
- Thrifted, or merely old picture frames, preferably with a flat profile.
- Contact paper – marble look, or a different design to suit your style.
- A craft knife.
That is all you need for this project, and the best part for me was that I already had everything I needed! Which is excellent if your country is in lockdown during a global pandemic and the craft store is closed, am I right? I had contact paper leftover from my industrial side table makeover, and it was just enough for this project.
Always clean your frames properly – this will help the contact paper adhere to the frame. And as we are using contact paper for this project, it is better to use a frame with a flat profile. Now you can remove the photo-backing and glass insert.
How to apply the contact paper
Cut your contact paper
Make sure you cut the contact large enough to wrap around to the back of your frames; this will ensure that the edges are also neat. Work on a clean, flat surface and remove the backing from the contact paper. Place your frame, right side down onto the contact paper, press down. Then turn it over and make sure you don’t have any bubbles, smooth them out before flipping it over again.
Trim the outer edges
Cut the corners of the outer edges of your frame as shown, then fold the contact paper over onto the back. Be sure to make your folds and corners as neat and tight as possible.
Trim the inner edges
Cur your contact paper as shown with the craft knife. Make incisions into the corners of the inner edges to allow you to fold the sides to the back of the frame as shown. Now you can replace the glass.
Compliment your DIY marble look frames with minimalistic floral prints
I love the look of grey marble and black together, so I decided to add some black mounting board to the frames. And to use as spring décor, I added minimalistic floral prints. These prints and four others are up for grabs on my free printable library; you can gain access to my library by subscribing to my newsletter here.
Head over to these posts for more inspiration
- Elizabeth from A Well Purposed Woman made a spring wreath.
- Jaclyn from One Thousand Oaks made gorgeous candlesticks!
- Erin from Practical Whimsy Designs arranged Dollar store items for beautiful home decor.
- Sara from The Inspired Decorator made fun night lights, perfect for getting you into a beach mode!
- Martina from The Lived-in Look recreated a Restoration Hardware stone vase.
Because we all need a 10-minute craft project right now
Life at the moment is confusing, and overwhelming for a lot of people. And that is why this project is perfect. No one needs more complications in our lives, but a quick and easy upcycle project can do wonders for your mood. So maybe try it out this weekend if you have ten minutes to spare and let me know how it turned out!
If you need some more inspiration for budget-friendly wall art, be sure to head over to this post.
Take care; stay safe!