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Up-cycling an old photo frame to make a fun summer

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

For this fun project I have used an old photo frame that I was going to bin as I had accidentally broken the glass. Instead of throwing it in the bin I have created this fun summer picture frame. I have gone for a beach theme as I live by the sea and think it would look lovely in a child’s bedroom or a craft room as it’s a fun and playful piece in bold and bright colours.

You will need:

  • Old photo frame

  • ScanNcut

  • Foam pads in various sizes

  • Cardstock in various colours

  • Inks

  • Blending brushes

All of the images I have used are free files on Canvas Project from the ScanNcut.

Images I have used -

  • Dolphin Beach Bag

  • Stenciled Flowerpot wind Chimes

  • Waterscape Card

Step 1 -

The frame I am using is 8” x 10”

Cut -

  • 8” x 10” in white

  • 4 red panels 3 5/8” x 2 13/16”

  • 1 red panel 7 1/8” x 2 7/8”

  • 2 sea blue 3 1/2” x 2 6/8”

  • 2 sky blue 3 1/2” x 2 6/8”

  • 1 blue Panel 7” x 2 6/8”

These are all your base layers for your picture. If your frame is a different size you may need to adjust the sizes.

Step 2 -

Choose the elements you would like to use from the files. You will have to un-group some of the images so that you can select the ones you would like and resize to fit in your panels.

Tip - keep all your cut elements in a plastic pot or tray so you don’t misplace them as there are some small pieces that could easily get lost.

Step 3 -

For some of my elements I have cut them in white, such as the seahorses and the dolphin. I have done this so I can add ink to them. For the seahorses I have used the inks in yellow and red to give the seahorses a two tone look. I have applied the ink using a blending brushes.

To recreate this squidge some of the yellow and red ink on to a craft mat or glass mat. Using the Blending brushes pick up some of the yellow ink. Using a circular motion blend all over the seahorses, then pick up some red and using the same circular motion add the red to the side of the seahorses.

For the dolphin I have added grey using the blending brush’s and the same circular motion.

Step 4 -

I have assembled each section by sticking some for the background scenery flat and some on to foam pads of 2 different thicknesses, this gives a layered effect.

Then I have positioned all panels on to my white card base (on foam pads) and inserted in to my frame.

All finished and ready to display, enjoy.


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Kelly Anne Jordan xx

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