Ever have an occasion (birthday, Christmas, congratulations, etc.) for which you need a gift for someone… but have NO idea what to get them? Sure, you care about them enough to give a gift, but maybe not to spend a fortune on it. Or maybe you just enjoy crafting, like I do!
One of my favorite gifts to give is picture frames. I try to never give anyone an empty frame. I usually try to find a photo that is related to the occasion in some way (ie. using a photo of the couple in an engagement gift) or include a carefully written or prettily typed quote. Of course, the recipient can always put whatever he/she wants into the frame later, but I think it’s nice to give them something that’s already ready to go.
There are different ways to go about this, depending on your level of skill and enjoyment with crafting, your budget, time constraints, etc. Here are a couple of examples:
I made this frame for a friend’s engagement gift. I took a plain wooden frame (I found it at Michael’s, but you can get them at just about any craft store, Wal Mart, etc.) and painted the edges white and the main front blue. I used some of my favorite scrapbooking stuff to decorate the frame, including alpha stickers, 3-D decorations, sticky rhinestones, and rub-ons (on the bottom left). I also bought wooden letters to spell “love”, painted them, and stuck them on with a hot glue gun. I chose a photo that I found on her facebook page of her new fiancé proposing. She LOVED the frame and it still adorns her office nearly two years later! The total cost to make the frame was about $5-7, but I admit that I did already have some of the decorations, the paint, and other supplies. It may have been inexpensive, but she definitely appreciated the time and personalization that went into the gift.
Photo Collage Frame:
I was going to a wedding, and the bride and groom had this photo frame on their registry. Rather than just sticking an empty frame in a gift bag and calling it a day, I filled the frame with photos of the couple and put their wedding invitation in the center spot. They LOVED it! It was a great way to give them something on their registry but personalize it to make it a bit more special. Plus, I figure every married couple is getting tons of things to set up their home, and this one was ready to hang!
These are only a couple of examples, but I hope it’s a good start to convey the idea. If anyone is interested, I’d be more than happy to do a “part 2” post later and share some others. Or, if you have any “perfect gift” ideas you’d like to share, please leave a comment… I’d love to hear!