Add fabric or wallpaper to your frame to complement your room decor.

How to Decorate Frames With Wallpaper or Fabric

by Heather Montgomery

Sometimes a plain photo frame just doesn't fit in with your style and does nothing to enhance the look of your treasured family portraits. Cover a frame with fabric or wallpaper to creatively tie your decorations in with the design elements of the room. The fabric or wallpaper you choose can either complement or match the other elements. For your living room, choose a fabric or wallpaper with a favorite textile or design, such as paisley or tulle. A fabric in a food or cuisine theme looks cute hanging in the kitchen. Wallpaper that matches an armchair in the nursery or has an ABC theme for your playroom also creates a cohesive room design.

Remove the glass and the backing from the frame, and set them aside to prevent the glass from breaking. Make sure they're out of the way of kids' curious fingers.

Cut a piece of fabric or wallpaper 4 inches larger than the frame on every side. Set the fabric or wallpaper on a flat surface, right side down.

Cover the front of the frame with a layer of decoupage paste, using a stiff-bristle paintbrush. You only need a light layer of paste on the frame.

Place the frame in the center of the fabric or wallpaper and press down firmly. Turn the frame over and use a craft stick to smooth out any bubbles or creases in the fabric or wallpaper. Wait 10 to 15 minutes for the decoupage paste to dry.

Turn the frame over so the wallpaper or fabric is face down. Cut a small hole in the center of the fabric covering the frame opening, and use scissors to cut from the center to each corner of the frame, making four triangles.

Apply a layer of decoupage paste to the inside edges of the frame opening. Fold over each triangle to cover the inside edge of the frame.

Cover the back of the frame with a layer of decoupage paste and fold the remaining fabric over the frame, making folds and creases at the corners as you would if you were wrapping a present. Allow the decoupage paste 10 to 15 minutes to dry.

Use a craft knife to cut a small slit above each metal prong that holds the back of the frame in place, release the prong from the fabric. Replace the glass; add your photo or art, and replace the backing.

Items you will need

  • Flat frame
  • Scissors
  • Fabric or wallpaper
  • Decoupage paste
  • Stiff bristle paintbrush
  • Craft stick
  • Craft knife


  • If you are displaying the frame in an area where you can see the back of the frame, cover the back with felt or fabric if any of the original frame is exposed.
  • Choose a thin fabric to ensure the glass will still fit the frame properly.
  • Decoupage paste darkens fabric slightly; keep that in mind when choosing patterns and colors.
  • If you want some of the frame to show through on the sides and back, carefully trim around the sides and edges with a craft knife after the first application of decoupage paste to the front of the frame. Apply a second coat of decoupage paste to the front of the frame to seal the edges of the fabric or wallpaper.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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