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.


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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!

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….

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.

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!

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!

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

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!


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!!

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

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!

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.

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!


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!

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.


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!!!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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!!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

Hello – love this idea for my mother! where did you find your frames? I have been looking but can’t seem to find any as cute as what you show. thanks for sharing

I believe KariAnne found hers in the dollar section of Michael’s; however, that was a few years ago. I have also seen them at the Dollar Tree, Christmas Tree shop, wedding area at JoAnn’s. I would check around. Good luck!

My mother-n-law has dementia. Because she has begun to wander away from the house, we will be placing her in a care facility soon. I will be making this wreath for her door, so she will be able to recognize her room in her new home. Thank you for the inspiration!