Burlap Clip Frame


It’s been awhile, but today felt like a great day to blog. It’s kind of thunderstormy outside, so why not craft!? With all of the tornado warnings we have been getting lately anyway, I prefer to stay home (because I’m a huge baby when it comes to wind). Besides, the other day I was driving in my car and all the music on the radio was so miserably terrible. Literally every station. You know the music sucks when you are flipping through channels and stop on a jingle to a commercial.

I also wanted to tell you something ridiculously stupid I thought to myself yesterday while I was driving. I was leaving the gym and in such a hurry to get home because I was going to be late for an appointment, and the light in front of me turned yellow, and I thought to myself, “I don’t have time for yellow lights!”…Now first off, I think what I wouldn’t have time for is in fact red lights, not yellows. Secondly, what a stupid thing to think to yourself haha. I just started laughing by myself because it seemed like a really pathetic thing to think. You with me?…no?

Burlap Clip Frame

So this is a simple and inexpensive way to make a fun frame! You get to pick whatever color, or colors, you want it to be and it will be different from your other frames! Plus, you don’t have to just use it for pictures, you can put your kid’s artwork in it, reminder notes, a letter or poem etc.


What You Need:

  • Frame (with or without glass- you will be discarding the glass, but do want a backing) – Goodwill is a great place to get these frames for cheap
  • Burplap (they have these in the scrapbooking section at craft stores in 8 x 10″ sizes- otherwise you can buy a large burlap sheet and cut out the size you need)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Alligator Clip
  • Hot glue


Step 1: If you are shopping for a frame, keep in mind that it can be an artwork frame or any other kind of frame you find. Take the, more than likely, ugly centerpiece out of your frame. Look at what was in mine:


Step 2: Accept that some people like certain things that you will NEVER understand.

Step 3: My frame was an old ugly brown type of wood. Because it was wood though, I didn’t need to sand it. If yours has some sort of finish or gloss on top, you may need to sand it to get the new coat of paint to stick. I liked the unfinished wood look that it looked like after I painted it, so I left mine that way.

Step 4: Take the backing and everything out of the frame and lay it on newspaper to paint. Paint!

Step 5: Take the burlap and cut it to the size of the backing. Hot glue it to the backing. Put glue around all the edges, and a little in the center. You don’t want to use too much because it will seep through or shows bumps.

Step 6: Once everything is dry, put the backing with the burlap glued on, back into the frame. Glue a little strip of hot glue on the back of the alligator clip.

All done!