Picture Frame Memory Wreath

This is a repost from last year.  I just can’t get these meaningful sweet wreath idea out of my head.  I thought it was worth showcasing again…  I am always looking for new ways to display photos.  I love unique ideas and this one from Karianne from Thistlewood Farms takes the cake.  She used a grapevine wreath and mini frames to create this keepsake wreath for her home.  Isn’t it just lovely?  I love the black and white with the burlap bow.  Be still my heart.  If you love this idea you have to check out her picture frame wreath too.  It is to die for.

picture frame memory wreath

Hi Infarrantly Creative Readers!  My name is KariAnne and I blog over at Thistlewood Farm.  I am so excited to be here today sharing a fun, easy way to display photographs.

As a mother of four, I am always looking for ways to capture those special moments in time with my children.

I try to live each day in the moment, but the days speed by so quickly.

The other day I blinked….and my toddler was in kindergarten.

I blinked again…..and my kindergartener was sixteen and driving.

This is why it is so important to me to preserve family moments and memories.

Before it’s time to blink again.


wreath with pictures

how to make a picture wreath

Step 1:  Assemble supplies and remove the easels from the frames.

The frames I chose were connected by a hinge on the back.

I twisted the easel part of the frame until it was loose and then removed the pin between the hinges.

picture frame back

back removed from picture frame

After removing the easel part of the picture frame, the hinge should remain attached to the frame.

This allows the frames to lay flat on the wreath.

Discard hinges (unless you are planning on starting a highly sought after hinge collection).


black and white pictures

Step 2:   Print out the photographs you want to use with the wreath.

I printed out black and white pictures from my computer onto basic photo paper.

I printed out wallet size photographs and it was almost the perfect size for the 2″x3″ frames.

wallet sized picture frame

Step 3:  Add pictures to frame.

Make sure you have a variety of the 2″ x 3″ frames and you have a selection of horizontal and vertical photographs.

Continue until all frames have been filled.

wiring picture frame for wreath

Step 4:  Add floral wire to the back of the picture frames.

Cut each piece of floral wire in half and thread through the holes where the hinges used to be attached.

Pull the wire tight and twist.

Make sure the wire is taut against the frame so it will stabilize itself against the wreath.

adding picture frame to wreath

Step 5: Add wire with picture frame to wreath.

Take the open end of the wire and wrap it around a branch of the grapevine wreath.

Twist and secure tightly so the frame lays flat against the wreath.

Tuck the ends of the floral wire into the wreath.

wreath with pictures

Step 6:  Continue adding picture frames to the wreath.

Add the picture frames to the wreath, alternating frame styles and horizontal and vertical pictures.

Picture frames should overlap and be spaced closely together.

Continue until you have filled the entire wreath.

memory frame wreath

It took me approximately 24 picture frames to complete the wreath.


Hang up your picture frame memory wreath and your heart will smile.

Families are such a blessing and what better way to preserve the wonderful moments you spend together…..so you can be ready…..

….for the next time you blink  :)

Karianne updated it and made a new one in black and white.  Check out Thistlewood Farms today to see her black and white grateful wreath.


  • Angie

    LOVE this so much!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Teresa

    I love this!!! What a great way to show off all my grandbabies!!

  • http://elisabethjeancustom.blogspot.com/ Melody♪♫

    Gorgeous wreath, KariAnne! Thank you Beckie for posting this! I think I’m going to make two of these for the grandmas for Christmas.

  • http://www.mom4real.com Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    Gorgeous! What a terrific idea!

  • http://eclecticallyvintage.com Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    Here’s to taking all of those photos off of the computer and phone and getting them displayed in a fabulous way like this! Blink … oops my kids just grew another inch!

  • http://www.buffalo-roam.com Amy@BR

    Everything this girl does is as amazing as she is!

  • http://foxhollowcottage.blogspot.com Shannon Fox

    What a gorgeous wreath! All the photos make it SUCH a treasure. Definitely something that would make a gorgeous wedding gift filled with pictures of the bride and groom :)

    I love it!

  • http://vintagecharmrestored.com Lori Young

    Oh KariAnne I love it!! I am going to add this to my growing list!! Thank you for sharing the “how to” in such a wonderful photo tutorial. ~ Lori

  • http://www.debbie-debbiedoos.com debbiedoos

    What a cute Idea Kari! I did something recently, similar but nothing to this awesomeness. Now I have to rethink mine. LOL!~ Thanks for sharing all your inspiration.

  • Gina

    would make a great gift!

  • http://1cardcreator.blogspot.com Diane

    Gorgeous wreath Karianne, I just love all of your work! Thanks for inviting me to stop by here, this is a lovely blog also.

  • http://www.katskalamities.blogspot.com Kathryn

    Gorgemegus….loverly…and shut the door….WOW
    yes I like it,can yu tell…the one I did was never this pretty…
    I will have to make another….I used a foam form, wrapped in burlap and pinned the pics…I sold this at my booth….but this one is so much better thank yu for inspirations….

  • http://www.elegantnest.blogspot.com Laura @ Elegant Nest

    Love this Karianne! I just blinked and my oldest went to college this year…another blink and my 15yr old is driving! Yikes…I need to stop blinking! And I need to start collecting mini frames and make a beautiful memory wreath like yours! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407121076 Arun

      Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanetd to mention that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing on your rss feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

  • chrissi

    Love this!

  • http://www.country-mouse.blogspot.com Audrey

    What a wonderful idea. i blinked, and now all 3 of mine are in college!!! :)

  • Zolane

    Another wonderful idea, KariAnne. I do not know how you do it, but I’m so glad you do :) Where do you buy your burlap ribbon and is it wired? Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://www.theboldabode.com Gwen

    She’s gone and done it again.

  • http://ourprairiehomeblog.blogspot.com Laura @ Our Prairie Home

    Gorgeous and unique! Totally in love with this wreath! Beautiful job, KariAnne!

  • Jeanna

    Where did you buy your picture frames for this project? This is such a great idea!

  • Sharon

    Thistlewood Farm is one of my favorite blogs! I love all of Karen’s ideas and her wonderful sense of humour!

  • http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com Linda @ it all started with paint


    Just adore, adore this project! You’ve given me a super fabulous idea for a Christmas wreath featuring all our past holiday cards in frames …

    So I pinned and tweeted and FB’d and Google+’d …



    (Awesome post my friend!)

  • Candace

    I really love this! The wreath is unique and a beautiful way to display pictures.

  • jen

    THIS is great! I think this will be the perfect Christmas gift for my parents who have everything.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.topthistopthat.blogspot.com laura@Top This Top That

    Karianne- you never disappoint! Love this idea.

  • Niki Blake

    Karianne….I saw this on Pinterest! I should have known it was you! You are so awesome! LOVE it!

  • http://www.thespacebetweenblog.net Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    This is such a cute idea … great way to capture those memories!!

  • http://chambersmade.blogspot.com Kiera Chambers

    Hey, love this idea, gave me an idea or two for Christmas…
    just wondering where you got the frames?…
    thanks, Kiera

    • Kristi

      Beautiful. I want to make it but where did you find frames??? Thanks


  • http://www.atthepicketfence.com Heather @At The Picket Fence

    Well I just blinked, and my oldest little birdie flew the nest into his own apartment so I totally get the blinking thing. I’m trying not too blink to much with Mekenzie, I want to keep her around for a little while longer. ;) This is such a fabulous idea Kari, and so unique and gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it with us AND thank you Beckie for adding such a great talent to an amazing line up of contributors!


  • Linda@nothingbutblueskyes

    This is wonderful. What a great idea for a bride and groom!! Love it!

  • http://www.frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com Courtney

    Awesome Awesome Awesome!!! Love it KariAnne. Yep, my oldest just moved out into his own place last month when I blinked… and my middle guy is a senior and my baby baby is a freshman this year. They really do grow so fast. Love your idea- KariAnne is an awesome choice to add to your fabulous contributors Beckie!!

  • Angela Hamilton

    Where did you find your 2 x 3 frames?

  • http://athomewithsweett.blogspot.com/ Tracy Snyder

    Gorgeous! I need a truckload of mini-frames now-a wreath for me and many more for gifts. Thanks for sharing this great idea!!!

  • http://www.boldonframing.co.uk Lindabol

    This looks fantastic! How much did it cost in total? Really want to attempt to make one but I’m not the must able in the craft department haha.

  • JuneA**

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kari, you ROCK (again and again!) I am so doing this…just as soon as I get my pumpkin painted… ;D

  • http://naomihattaway.com Naomi

    Love it! (just one small thing … you reference discarding the hinges … and I think you mean “easel” — it took me a long couple of minutes to realize that the hinges are MEANT to stay on the frame … )

    I’m hopeful that this one actually makes it to my COMPLETED project list — so awesome, classy and meaningful!

  • Elizabeth

    I love this idea, thank you for sharing!!!

  • http://www.diyonthecheap.com Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

    I absolutely love this! Pinning and I’m totally making one of these! Great job.

  • http://craftsbyamanda.com Amanda

    LOVE this Becky! I’ll be featuring it on Craft Gossip :) so cool :)

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Amanda, Thanks so much! It means a lot :)

  • http://www.adishofdailylife.com Michelle

    What a clever idea! I LOVE it! Definitely want to make one of these!

  • http://Findinghomeonline.com Laura @ Finding Home

    As always, a lovely project from Karianne! Love it!

  • http://refreshrestyle.com Debbie refresh restyle

    I love this idea! With 2 children and 2 grandsons this will be wonderful to display their photos!

  • Elissa

    Where can someone find the frames? I love this and think this is a good gift for family

  • http://www.modernmomentsdesigns.com Jessica Wilcox

    I want to know where you got the FRAMES too and everything else would be awesome if you can share that too!!!

  • Alicia

    I love this! I’m going to make it for my moms bday. Thank you so much for the idea! I was wondering where you got your frames too? I’m having a hard time finding any that will work. @zolane I’m not sure about where she got her burlap but I did find some at michaels.

  • Jillian

    I was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions about where to buy 2×3 silver frames, in bulk, online. I would like to make my mom, mother-in-law, and grandmothers each one; which means I need about 100 Frames. :) Any suggestions are appreciated!


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  • Daphne Townzen

    I was wondering where you got your frames for this wreath? I want to make a few and cant seem to figure out where to buy any online. I live in Germany so I cant get them here either. Thank you for your help!

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  • keri

    yay! I am so doing this as a Christmas gift!!

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  • http://mothercrafterdiy.com vanina

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://dollarstorecrafts.com Heather – Dollar Store Crafts

    Great project! Pinned & stumbled.

  • http://thecraftartykid.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    Oh I love this! I’m always looking for new ways to display photos too. This looks fantastic

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  • Kristi

    Where did you get the frames? It’s beautiful. Frames are hard to find….

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I seen frames for this at the Dollar Tree, Christmas Tree shop, wedding area at JoAnn’s. Good luck:)

  • Tiffany

    Such a cute idea! Where did you find the frames? I’d love to make this for a Christmas gift! Thanks for sharing and the wonderful directions.

  • Carrie

    This is such a great idea. Just wondering where you found all the frames?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Michaels in their dollar section.

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  • Kristi

    I had no luck at Michaels, but Dollar Store had all kinds of frames. Ebay has some as well.

  • http://www.homemadehints.com/ Sonia

    This would make a great holiday gift and there’s all kinds of ways to customize the design. Thanks for this creative gift idea!

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  • Mary


    Thank you soooo much for sharing your awesome creativity with us!! I love taking photos of family events, but quite often I don’t end up getting them printed off for a long time. Now that will change! I can’t wait to make a wreath for my parents for Christmas – it will be pictures from my wedding November 3rd!!!

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  • Debra

    This is such a beautiful idea — and the wedding idea above — great — for 20 years, I’ve wanted to do something with our wedding pictures where they were really seen instead of just the traditional ones displayed – I have about 100 proofs that are in a book to pick from and they include precious family members no longer with us — this is perfect. Thanks for posting.

  • Jennifer

    What a beautiful project!! I see several ladies have asked but I don’t see a reply to where you got the frames for the wreath? Thank you so much for sharing!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Michaels or you can try the Dollar spot at Target sometime they have them.

  • Jessica

    I saw this on Pinterest, and I was instantly smitten. What a beautiful idea. We are moving into a new home, and this will definitely be over our mantle. Thank you for such a great keepsake.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I know isn’t it adorable? I absolutely love creative ways to showcase family photos.

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  • Mary

    What a neat idea! This will be a great gift for my parent’s 45 anniversary. I was looking for different ideas and this is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • laura

    i found some by googling WEDDING FAVORS…there are several designs for the borders so you can change them up, and cost under $3.00 each. the more you purchase the cheaper they are!

  • Amy

    Thanks for the great idea! I did this for my mother-in-laws 80th bday with pics of her childhood. It was the hit of the party!!

  • Bonnie Klinedisnt

    Just your ideas- thanks so much!!!!

  • Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    Shush…this is dog-on- outta this world CUTE! Love it..simple yet so meaningful..and did I mention.. CUTE?! Great job lady- thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Mary

    Thank you for the idea. I made one for my parent’s 45th anniversary and my mom cried, twice! My dad even loved it!
    Thanks again!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      That is too precious! Thanks for sharing!

  • momteaches2

    I love this! I can’t wait to make my mom one of these for Christmas!!

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I adore this wreath and bet your mom would too. That’s why I had to showcase it again. Karianne is amazing!

  • Westoverian

    Where did you get the frames? 24 is a lot; is there somewhere to get them relatively cheaply?

    • BeckieFarrant

      Michaels has them for $1

      • Kelly Mac

        i hit michaels yesterday and they were $3 each. Eeek… was trying to do this without spending a fortune! I’ve been hitting thrift stores and almost have enough. I’m spray painting them all, so doesn’t matter what color.

        • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

          Eeek indeed. Three dollars a piece is a killer. The thrift store is a great idea, and you could also try the dollar store.

        • Ashley Taylor

          Kelly: Just did this, some of my frames where from Micheal’s. Make sure to scan them because some said $3.99 but rang up at $1.49.

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  • Charlie Yates

    Where did you get the wreath from? Can I order it online to come to the UK?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      It was made by one my past contributors, KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.

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  • beth

    Thank you so much for these great instructions. I have wanted to do this for myself. I had to do a 50th anniversary gift for my in laws and thought this is perfect! Hopefully I can do it quickly…I only have a few days. eek

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      I LOVE the idea of giving this as an anniversary gift. So sweet! I hope you can get it done, and happy anniversary to your in-laws!

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  • Stephanie

    You can order 3×2 frames in cases of 24 online from the Dollar Tree. If you have one in your area you can do in store pick up for free! This is what I did. Thanks for the great project! I’m getting married in 3 weeks and am making this for thank you gift for our parents.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Thank you so much for sharing, Stephanie. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! :-)

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