How to Make a Picture Frame Memory Wreath

This is a repost from a few years ago.  I just can’t get these meaningful sweet wreath idea out of my head.  I thought it was worth showcasing again and would be a great project for Mother’s Day…  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.


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 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.

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… 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.

be thankful picture wreath


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