Recently my sister adopted her first pet, a rescue puppy. While I bought (and made) all sorts of toys and goodies for the puppy, I wanted to give my sister a “Congratulations” gift as well. So I lettered a picture frame and inserted a photo of her new furry baby.
When my fiancé and I adopted a rescue lab last year, I made him a similar frame with her name, “Sandy,” spelled out. Especially since puppies grow so fast, it is fun to remember their first weeks with the family via a photo in a living room or on a desk.
The lettered frame is super easy to put together and the supplies I purchased to make it would have cost me less than $10 even if I had paid full price.
To make your own, follow the instructions below!
- Picture frame with a flat front
- Wooden letters (I chose 3/4 in tall)
- Paint (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Masking tape or painter’s tape
Find the letters you need! Because Daisy’s name is so short, I had plenty letters left over to make her another frame or to use on future craft projects.
Step 2 (optional)
Originally, I was going to paint the wooden letters black. But after laying everything out, I decided to apply them to the frame unfinished instead. Depending on the color of your frame and its recipient, feel free to decorate the letters however you like!
Layout the letters along the bottom, center of the frame. Use a removable masking or painter’s tape to mark off where you want your letters to start and end. This way, when you pick up the letters to add glue, you still have a guide for spacing them.
Pick up each letter individually and flip it backwards. Hold each letter so that you have a good grip on it but don’t risk burning yourself with the glue gun. Apply three or so small dots of glue to the back of each letter. Make sure that the dots are small enough that when pressed in they do not exceed the width of the letter, as you don’t want globs of glue showing on your final project.
Quickly (before the glue hardens), but carefully, flip the letter, align it and press down so that the glue adheres the letter securely to the frame.
Repeat for all letters. If you don’t press down fast enough, wait until the glue drys, peel it off and start Steps 4-5 again.
Use tweezers to remove any glue “cobwebs.”
Fill the frame with a photo and enjoy!