Tissue Paper Picture Frame

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Do you need a quick and easy gift idea, or maybe just a little something to dress up a bare wall or empty space on your desk?  How about this sweet little wood frame, customized with printed tissue paper?

DIY Picture Frame

Who wouldn’t love to get a sweet little gift like this?  (Just don’t tell them it only cost you $1 to make…)  Yep, $1!  You can make this with supplies you hopefully already have on hand, and Michael’s sells these little unfinished wood frames for a dollar.

To decorate the frame, all you need is some pretty printed tissue paper and a little modge podge.  (and fabric scraps if you want to add  flower accents.)

What?  All you have is white tissue paper?

Guess what?  That’s all I had too!  I found some pretty digital patterns online and just ran the tissue paper through my printer.  (I pinned a bunch of free papers to my Pinterest Board, you can find the one I used here.)


diy photo frame

Here is how I made the frame…

Materials needed for the DIY Picture frame:

  • Small wood frame
  • tissue paper
  • Modge podge
  • nail file block
  • scissors

Cut a piece of tissue paper to fit the size of your frame.  (I chose to go with tissue paper on this project because I wanted the wrinkly- shabby chic look on my frame.)

I did not have too much trouble running the tissue through my Canon mx340 printer, but if you’re having issues, try taping it to a piece of regular paper or cardstock first.

I opened the digital paper in my photo editing software, resized it to 8.5 x 11 and sent it to the printer for normal printing.  (I also added a “linen look” texture to the paper for a bit more “shabby chic-ness.”)

how to print on tissue paper

Then I put the tissue in the paper feeder and pressed start.  I was worried about running the tissue paper through the printer, but it came through without any issues…  (This printer is one tough cookie, it even takes credit cards.)

how to print on tissue paper

Just a few ink smudges on the sides…

how to print on tissue paper

Coat your frame with modge podge.

how to decoupage a wood frame

Carefully smooth out any air bubbles and gently cut an x through the middle of the fame.

DIY photo frame

Add a little more glue to the inside of the frame (But not the side where the picture goes.)  Gently pull the loose edges of tissue through the center of the frame and press into the glue.  After it has dried, you can carefully trim the excess tissue paper.

Let the frame dry for an hour or so, then use your soft nail file or very soft sandpaper to sand the edges of the frame and remove excess tissue paper.

decorate a $1 photo frame

Coat with one more layer of modge podge.  Once it’s dry, you can accessorize the frame however you like…  (Wooden letters, fabric flowers or even plastic toys!)

Have fun making your frames…

I have several photos from this day that I absolutely love.  I am going to make a set of three frames to hang vertically on a wall.  I think I will print out 3 similar but different graphic patterns in the same color.  They would be perfect in our guest room or even the playroom!

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  1. DesignGeek says:

    I mode podged some Christmas ornaments a few years back and looked everywhere for really great tissue paper. I never thought of printing my own designs on tissue paper. Brilliant.

  2. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says:

    Love everything about this! I am so glad you linked up to Pinworthy Projects. I'm featuring you tomorrow 🙂

  3. Michelle Hargreaves says:

    I never thought to run tissue paper through my printer! What a great idea, I love how this looks. Great job!


  4. What a terrific idea! Your frame looks so good!

  5. Wow! That is so cute!!

  6. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog says:

    This is so beautiful!! Must try–pinning! I popped over from Making the World Cuter–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  7. Nicole@nicole-southerncharm.com/ says:

    Such a cute frame! I am new from southern charm! I would love if you would stop by my blog and hopefully want to follow me back! Have a good evening, Nicole!

  8. Renea Hand says:

    This is so pretty! My sister would love it. Definitely putting it on my Christmas to do list.

    I also host a link party that runs Sunday through Thursday. It starts at 8pm EST. I'd love to see you there.

    Renea – http://cupcake-n-bake.blogspot.com

  9. Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint says:

    Really cute and fun project. I have such an addition to frames and this would be a cute idea for my guest room.


  10. TitiCrafty by Camila says:

    It looks so lovely… I love it! Would you like to share this on my Link party? It is live today and It would be great to have you there!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend

    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

  11. I love paper and your project! Ile

  12. srpprcrftr says:

    Very cute project. I'm not too sure about putting tissue paper thru my printer but will try it since I really want to do this. Great idea making 3 of them for a wall. Nobody else will have frames like yours. Happy Weekend.

    1. I tested out a couple of sheets of tissue paper and I found that the unwrinkled, perfectly smooth pieces worked best. If there were too many wrinkles in the tissue paper, the wrinkles picked up more ink. Of course you could always try just regular paper.
      good luck,

  13. Kate @ The Craft Train says:

    I love the idea of putting white tissue paper through the printer, clever! Found your post at Crafty Moms Share

  14. Natasha In Oz says:

    That is so clever and it looks so pretty too.

    If you have a minute to spare I'd be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G'Day Saturday linky party which has just started. I'm also inviting Pinning Bloggers to pin to my Mother's Group board; if you are interested the details are all at my blog.

    Best wishes and happy weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

  15. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    This is super cute! I love how it turned out and your directions are awesome!
    Would you consider linking this up at the Pinworthy Projects Party over on my blog, Just Us Four?