How to Make a Picture Frame Memory Wreath has been in my head for a few years now. It is such a meaningful and sweet idea for a wreath! It is the absolute perfect gift for any Mom on Mother’s Day.
Since the digital era invaded us, the old paper pictures on display have become less an less of a thing and it is time to get back to basics 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 lovely?
I love the black and white with the burlap bow. Be still in my heart. If you love this idea, you have to check out. It is to die for.
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.
How to Make a Picture Wreath Frame
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Step 5: Add wire with the picture frame to the 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.
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.
Carry on until you have filled the entire wreath.
It took me approximately 24 picture frames to complete the wreath.
Displaying and Preserving the Beautiful Wreath Picture Frame
As a DIY enthusiast, one of the most exciting parts of creating a photo wreath frame is deciding how to display it. There are several options to consider, each offering a unique way to showcase your cherished memories.
Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Hang on the Wall
One of the classic and popular ways to display your memory wreath is by hanging it on the wall. Find a suitable spot where it can become a focal point, such as a living room, hallway, or bedroom.
Use a sturdy nail or a hook to ensure it stays securely in place. Experiment with different heights and arrangements to find the perfect spot.
Place on a Stand or Easel
Another great option is to place your memory wreath on a stand or easel. This allows you to showcase it on a table, shelf, or mantel.
Look for a stand or easel that complements the style and size of your decoration wreath frame. This way, it can stand tall and proud, catching the attention of anyone who sees it.
Incorporate Into a Gallery Wall
If you have a collection of photographs or artwork, consider incorporating your memory wreath into a larger gallery wall display. Arrange it alongside other framed pictures, artwork, or even mirrors. This creates a visually striking and personalized gallery that tells your unique story.
Preserving the Picture Wreath Frame
Now that you’ve created your beautiful memory wreath, it’s important to preserve it properly to ensure its longevity. Here are a few tips to help you keep it in pristine condition:
- Avoid exposing the wreath to direct sunlight for prolonged periods, as it can cause fading or damage to the photographs.
- Dust the wreath regularly with a soft, dry cloth to keep it clean and free from debris.
- If you’re storing the wreath, wrap it in acid-free tissue paper or place it in a protective box to prevent any potential damage.
- Consider using a clear, archival-quality spray sealant to protect the photographs from moisture and fading. Be sure to follow the instructions on the sealant product carefully.
Remember, by displaying your memory wreath with care and preserving it properly, you can enjoy its beauty and the memories it holds for years to come.
Alternative Uses for Memory Wreaths
Congratulations on creating your picture frame memory wreath! Not only is it a wonderful keepsake, but it also opens up a world of creative possibilities beyond its traditional display.
Here are some alternative uses for memory wreaths that you may find inspiring:
Gifting for Special Occasions
Memory wreaths make heartfelt and unique gifts for special occasions. Consider giving one to a close friend or family member.
Customize the wreath with photographs that hold sentimental value to them, making it a truly cherished and personalized gift. You can create a floral wreath design for debut parties, add leaves for wedding celebrations, or a festive wreath picture frame for family reunions.
Incorporating Into Memorial Displays
Memory wreaths can also be a beautiful addition to memorial displays. If you’re honoring the memory of a loved one or commemorating a significant event, incorporate the wreath into the display.
Surround it with flowers, candles, or other meaningful objects to create a touching tribute.
Using as Unique Decorative Pieces
Memory wreaths can be used as eye-catching decorative pieces for events or parties. Hang them on the door to welcome guests to a milestone celebration or display them on tabletops as centerpieces
The wreaths will not only add a personal touch but also serve as conversation starters, sparking memories and stories among your guests.
Framing Memories: Tying the Last Bow
The possibilities for displaying and utilizing your picture wreath frame are endless. Whether you choose to hang it on a wall, place it on a stand, or incorporate it into a larger display, your wreath will become a cherished reminder of precious moments.
Additionally, gifting it or using it as a decorative piece can spread joy and create lasting memories for others. Embrace your creativity, and let your memory wreath shine in all its glory!
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.
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