Make your own Boho Beaded Picture Frame. We’ll show you how to add lace, pearls, and crystals to a wooden frame. And how to make a beautiful beaded hanger!
Hi Kenarry Readers! It’s Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil (the O’Neil Sisters from RunningWithSisters.com), and we’re sharing a fun way to turn a simple frame into a beautiful Beaded Picture Frame! We love beading so much that we’ll add beads to anything––and in this project, the beads bring a lot to the party!
We started with a wooden frame with a wide edge to embellish, and we went for a Boho look with ivory lace trim, light sapphire crystals, and a beaded hanger. We love how it turned out!
In the video below, we’ll show you step by step how to make your own Beaded Picture Frame. We’ll show you how to glue the lace to the frame and how to add the flatback crystals. Then we’ll show how to make the beaded hanger using pearls and gold beads. So pretty!
How To Make An Easy Beaded Picture Frame
What you need:
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- Wooden frame, 7.25″x9.25″ (Ours has a 1.75″-wide wood border and holds a 4″x6″ picture)
- Lace trim, 1″ wide, ivory
- 40 Pearls, 4mm, ivory
- 40 Beads, 3mm, gold
- 7 Swarovski flatback crystals, 2mm, light sapphire
- 2 Eyehooks, small, brass
- 26-gauge wire, gold
- E6000 glue
- Fray Check (optional)
1. Cut Lace And Glue To Frame.
Cut a piece of lace to fit the bottom edge of the frame. We chose lace trim that has a straight edge at the bottom, but you can choose any lace you like. Lay your lace on the frame and cut it between the lace sections. If your lace edges seem like they might fray, you can dab the cut edges with Fray Check.
Glue the lace to the bottom edge of the frame using the E6000 glue. Dab the glue on the back of the lace where the thickest areas of the lace are. That way the glue won’t seep through the open areas of the lace. Then flip the lace over and press it into place.
2. Glue Beads Onto Frame.
Embellish the lace detailing by gluing beads to the lace. Our lace had flowers in the design, so we decided to set a gold bead in the center of each flower. Look at your own lace pattern and see where the beads would look nice. The lace will tell you where to place the beads! Squeeze out some glue on a piece of scrap paper. Twirl a dab of glue onto the toothpick. Pick up a bead with the tweezers and dab the glue onto the side of the bead. Apply the bead to the lace with the tweezers and press it into place.
3. Glue Flatback Crystals Onto Frame.
Add the flatback crystals to the frame where you think they would look nice. We placed a crystal directly on the wood between each arch of our lace. To attach your flatback crystals, squeeze out a little glue. Twirl a dollop onto the end of a toothpick. Then pick up a flatback crystal with the tweezers, add the glue to the back, and apply the crystal to the frame.
4. Make Beaded Picture Frame Hanger.
Next, make a beaded hanger for the frame. Start by screwing the eyehooks into the top of the frame. Cut a piece of wire about 10″ long (cut more than you need!). Make a bend in one end of the wire to keep beads from sliding off. Bead the wire, alternating between the gold beads and the pearls. To make this go fast, pour the beads and pearls into the palm of your hand and “fish” them onto the wire one by one until you have 7″ of the wire beaded.
Then feed the end of the wire through the eyehook and twist the wire around itself to secure. Trim the end of the wire with the wire cutters. Repeat to add the other end of the hanger to the other eyehook.
We just love the Boho look of this Beaded Picture Frame! The lace and beads bring so much to the party. And adding a beaded hanger really makes it look one of a kind! Have you made a beaded picture frame before? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you!
Jennifer & Kitty
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Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil are sisters and authors of several books including Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and jewelry designs have appeared in Woman’s World, Craft Ideas, and Create and Decorate magazines and on the web sites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and HGTV. Their detailed craft videos can be found on Curious.com and on their YouTube channel, which has over 2.2 million views. The O’Neil Sisters share their enthusiasm and their fresh approach to crafting and decorating on their blog, RunningWithSisters.com.
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