Burlap Picture Frame Ornament

Hey Ladies-

Did you miss the December 8, deadline to get your order in for a photo ornament? Here is an ornament you can make yourself!

Here what you need:


  • Newpaper
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Yarn needle
  • Scrapbooking paper cutter (optional)
  • Thin Ribbon
  • 2- 5 1/2″x4 1/4″ laminated burlap sheets (cut an 8 1/2″x11″sheet into quarters) (I found this in Wal-Mart’s crafting aisle)
  • 2- 3″ x4″ pieces of cardboard (cereal box works great!)


1. Take one of the 3″x4″ pieces of cardboard and measure a 1/2″ edge all the way around it. Cut out the center with an X-acto knife leaving a frame.


2. Place the frame, brown cardboard side down, on the laminated side of one of the burlap sheets.  There should be 1/2″ of burlap on around the top and both sides with closer to 3/4″ on the bottom. Hot glue the frame to the burlap.


3.  Cut an “X” in the burlap from corner to corner inside of the frame.  Fold the flaps over and glue them down.  Then trim off the portion of the burlap that goes over the edges of the frame.


4. This is what the front of the frame should look like at this point.


5. Use the yarn needle and to pull ribbon throught the center of the bottom of the burlap under the frame.


6.  Stitch the ribon around the edge of the frame.  I stitched 5 counts up and 2 counts under and it came up even for the threadcount of the burlap I used. You may have to alter for your particular fabric. Once the ribbon is stitched around the whole frame tie a bow at the bottom and place a small dot of glue behind it to keep the bow from coming untied.


7.  Glue the bottom and both sides of the 2nd piece of 3″x4″ cardboard to the back of the frame, brown cardboard side up (you won’t want the colors from the cereal box to show through the burlap).  Leave the top of the 2 pieces of cardboard unglued so that a picture can be slid inside. Keep your glue line very thin and on the outside edge of the frame, again, making sure that a picture can be slipped between the 2 pieces of cardboard.


8.  Glue the 2nd piece of burlap, laminated side down, to the back of the 2nd cardboard piece making sure that the 2nd piece of burlap lines up with the 1st pieceof burlap that is adhered to the frame.  Then glue the 2 pieces of burlap together on the bottom and both sides, leaving the top open. (You have essentially created layers: 1st burlap piece, frame piece of cardboard, 2nd piece cardboard, and 2nd piece of burlap.)


9.  Loop a piece of ribbon through the back piece of burlap to hang from the tree.


10.  Insert your 2×3 photos and hang on the tree.

Happy crafting!


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