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How To DIY Marble-look Frames

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.

Frame before | www.windmillprotea.com

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

Marble Look Frames | www.windmillprotea.com

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!

Thrifty Thursday Logo | www.windmillprotea.com

What you need to DIY Marble-look frames

Supplies needed | www.windmillprotea.com
  • 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.

Contact Paper cut | www.windmillprotea.com

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.

Cut corners of contact paper | www.windmillprotea.com
Outer edges done on frame | www.windmillprotea.com

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.

Cut inner corners | www.windmillprotea.com
Contact paper applied | www.windmillprotea.com
Marble Look Frames | www.windmillprotea.com

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

Marble Look Frames - Free floral Printable | www.windmillprotea.com
Marble Look Frames | www.windmillprotea.com
Marble Look Frames - After | www.windmillprotea.com
Don’t these frames also look great with my Faux Terracotta Succulent Planter form last month’s Thrifty Thursday Post?

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

Marble Look Frames - After | www.windmillprotea.com
Marble Look Frames | www.windmillprotea.com

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!

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DIY Marble Look Frames | www.windmillprotea.com
DIY Marble Look Frames | www.windmillprotea.com

If you need some more inspiration for budget-friendly wall art, be sure to head over to this post.

Take care; stay safe!

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10 Comments

  • Martina

    These marble look frames turned out gorgeous Junette! I’m dying to get my hands on a contact paper project. Great inspiration!

    April 30, 2020 at 4:15 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Martina. And when you do get your hands on contact paper, save the off-cuts as well, they are great for these smaller projects.

      May 2, 2020 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Sara-Lynn

    Okay, these frames are beautiful! So smart to use contact paper. It looks real!

    April 30, 2020 at 7:53 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Sara!

      May 2, 2020 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    I love how these frames look with your Terra-cotta succulent planters very nice together! I am amazed at how just using contact paper can give you such a cool look! Elizabeth

    April 30, 2020 at 9:19 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I’m so glad I saved a couple of off-cut pieces of the contact paper, and that I was able to put them to good use.

      May 2, 2020 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks

    The frames turned out so great!! I would never guess that it was contact paper! They look so pretty!

    May 1, 2020 at 5:32 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Jaclyn, I’m also impressed with how good they look!

      May 2, 2020 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Erin

    What a great and simple DIY. What an easy way to give your frames a beautiful marble look. Great project!

    May 1, 2020 at 7:31 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Erin, they were so easy to make.

      May 2, 2020 at 9:06 pm Reply

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