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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  1. LOVE this so much!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love this!!! What a great way to show off all my grandbabies!!

  3. Gorgeous wreath, KariAnne! Thank you Beckie for posting this! I think I’m going to make two of these for the grandmas for Christmas.

  4. Gorgeous! What a terrific idea!

  5. Here’s to taking all of those photos off of the computer and phone and getting them displayed in a fabulous way like this! Blink … oops my kids just grew another inch!

  6. Everything this girl does is as amazing as she is!

  7. 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!

  8. Oh KariAnne I love it!! I am going to add this to my growing list!! Thank you for sharing the “how to” in such a wonderful photo tutorial. ~ Lori

  9. What a cute Idea Kari! I did something recently, similar but nothing to this awesomeness. Now I have to rethink mine. LOL!~ Thanks for sharing all your inspiration.

  10. would make a great gift!

  11. Gorgeous wreath Karianne, I just love all of your work! Thanks for inviting me to stop by here, this is a lovely blog also.

  12. 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….

  13. 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!

  14. Love this!

  15. What a wonderful idea. i blinked, and now all 3 of mine are in college!!! 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. She’s gone and done it again.

  18. Gorgeous and unique! Totally in love with this wreath! Beautiful job, KariAnne!

  19. Where did you buy your picture frames for this project? This is such a great idea!

  20. Thistlewood Farm is one of my favorite blogs! I love all of Karen’s ideas and her wonderful sense of humour!

  21. Kari,

    Just adore, adore this project! You’ve given me a super fabulous idea for a Christmas wreath featuring all our past holiday cards in frames …

    So I pinned and tweeted and FB’d and Google+’d …



    (Awesome post my friend!)

  22. I really love this! The wreath is unique and a beautiful way to display pictures.

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

  24. Karianne- you never disappoint! Love this idea.

  25. Niki Blake says

    Karianne….I saw this on Pinterest! I should have known it was you! You are so awesome! LOVE it!

  26. This is such a cute idea … great way to capture those memories!!

  27. Hey, love this idea, gave me an idea or two for Christmas…
    just wondering where you got the frames?…
    thanks, Kiera

  28. 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!


  29. Linda@nothingbutblueskyes says

    This is wonderful. What a great idea for a bride and groom!! Love it!

  30. 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!!

  31. Angela Hamilton says

    Where did you find your 2 x 3 frames?

  32. Gorgeous! I need a truckload of mini-frames now-a wreath for me and many more for gifts. Thanks for sharing this great idea!!!

  33. This looks fantastic! How much did it cost in total? Really want to attempt to make one but I’m not the must able in the craft department haha.

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

  35. 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!

  36. I love this idea, thank you for sharing!!!

  37. I absolutely love this! Pinning and I’m totally making one of these! Great job.

  38. LOVE this Becky! I’ll be featuring it on Craft Gossip 🙂 so cool 🙂

  39. What a clever idea! I LOVE it! Definitely want to make one of these!

  40. As always, a lovely project from Karianne! Love it!

  41. I love this idea! With 2 children and 2 grandsons this will be wonderful to display their photos!

  42. Where can someone find the frames? I love this and think this is a good gift for family

  43. I want to know where you got the FRAMES too and everything else would be awesome if you can share that too!!!

  44. 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.

  45. 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!


  46. Daphne Townzen says

    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!

  47. yay! I am so doing this as a Christmas gift!!

  48. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  49. Great project! Pinned & stumbled.

  50. Oh I love this! I’m always looking for new ways to display photos too. This looks fantastic

  51. Where did you get the frames? It’s beautiful. Frames are hard to find….

  52. 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.

  53. This is such a great idea. Just wondering where you found all the frames?

  54. I had no luck at Michaels, but Dollar Store had all kinds of frames. Ebay has some as well.

  55. This would make a great holiday gift and there’s all kinds of ways to customize the design. Thanks for this creative gift idea!

  56. Kari,

    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!!!

  57. 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.

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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!

  62. 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!!

  63. Bonnie Klinedisnt says

    Just your ideas- thanks so much!!!!

  64. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus says

    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!

  65. 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!

  66. momteaches2 says

    I love this! I can’t wait to make my mom one of these for Christmas!!

  67. Westoverian says

    Where did you get the frames? 24 is a lot; is there somewhere to get them relatively cheaply?

    • BeckieFarrant says

      Michaels has them for $1

      • 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.

        • Eeek indeed. Three dollars a piece is a killer. The thrift store is a great idea, and you could also try the dollar store.

        • Ashley Taylor says

          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.

  68. Charlie Yates says

    Where did you get the wreath from? Can I order it online to come to the UK?

  69. 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

    • I LOVE the idea of giving this as an anniversary gift. So sweet! I hope you can get it done, and happy anniversary to your in-laws!

  70. 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.

  71. Yep, some beauties are worth a repeat … and this is one of them! Just adore this idea!

    Comfort and joy from your neighbor at Nester’s tonight!

  72. Such a pretty way to celebrate and share memories all at once!

  73. 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

  74. Hello – cute idea! where did you find your frames? thanks for sharing

  75. Megan Mathis says

    Where did you find the picture frames at?

    • 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!

  76. Lynn Haskin says

    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!

  77. You have a great list here! Thanks for the ideas. God bless.

  78. Kelly Edwards says

    Where did you find the photo frames?

  79. Where did you get your silver mini photo frames for your wreath?

  80. Just made this for my boyfriend’s mother for Christmas! I used a bunch of family photos of all of her children as well as our daughter and her grandson and then put holiday foliage along the inside of the wreath for the season. I’m giving her a burlap bow so she can change it out seasonally. It’s so gorgeous and I’m really happy I saw this post! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  81. This is such a nice idea! My wife will love this.

  82. This has got to be my favourite craft yet! I might try to nake this. xx Beckie you are really amazingly creative.


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