DIY Scalloped Frame

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I made one of those dumb mistakes I make often. I buy something, and then think, well duh. I could have made that! lol. It happens less often than it use to, which means I'm improving :) But it happened again just this weekend. I've been in search for a great ornate frame for the baby's room. I want a really big one, and then I want a few small ones. So, just on the off chance that the thrift store might have one or some, I swung by and of course they didn't have anything. So, I figured, well, I need frames, so maybe I'll just settle and get some boring rectangular ones instead. So, not that it was a lot of money out of pocket, $8 I think, I realized what an idiot I was the second I got into the car. Duh!! I could just make my own frames...and make them scalloped, not just plain and rectangle. And of course, thrift stores don't return items. So, now I have 4 frames sitting in the trunk of my car :)

diy scalloped frame
And the best thing about this project is that I didn't have to go to the store to get anything for it. So it was and something I want....not $8 and something I didn't want :)

What you need:
  • Wood/Particle board (I got my particle board the in the scraps at home depot..super cheap :) )
  • Scalloped Frame Template (see bottom of post)
  • Jigsaw
  • Sand paper/Sander
  • Paint
Step 1: Trace the template onto your wood/board. I made the template that you download easy where you can also cut out the middle portion, it fits a 5x7. Unlike you, I had to eye the middle cut out ;)
Step 2: Use your jigsaw and cut out the shape. I recommend cutting out the middle portion first (even though I didn't realize this until after in the below picture) and then the outside edge. Take your time :)
 For the middle portion, to start it, drill a hole that the jigsaw blade can fit through. Now maneuver to each side creating a straight line. Mine ended up looking like the below picture. I went to each side from the same starting hole and then would double back and finish the side. Does that make sense? If you make the edges a lot more round, you may be able to just to a straight square/rectangle in one easy cut. My jigsaw blade was just too big for doing it that me, I tried :)
 Step 3: Sand. I wanted my edges to be rounded, and since it was particle board I did a lot of sanding to get a smooth look.
 Here's what 'softer' edge looked like after sanding.
 Step 4: Paint and finish!
To hang, just attach a hanging claw to the back. To put a picture in it, just tape it to the back. I made the template a little smaller than 5x7 so a picture that size would fit pretty nicely just behind the opening.

Or you can take my approach and just do burlap in the back :)
diy scallop frame
 I finished this one with some grey paint, and used a pigment sponge on the edges to color them white. I taped the burlap in the back and just added a flower clippy in the middle.
scallop frame
 The grey frame is a little thicker particle board. Probably about an inch thick. This white one is about half an inch, if that. I think I like the thicker option better.
diy scallop frame
 I finished this one the same as the grey one just different color paint and pigment.
scallop frame
Must say these are by far better than some boring rectangle frames :)

Here's the template for your personal use. It should fit on a 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. And as I mentioned before, the middle section is for a 5x7 picture. Make it smaller or bigger if you wish! Enjoy :)


  1. Awesome! I love this- love making things on my own- thanks for the template pretty lady!

  2. That is so cute!! I love it! I need to get me some cool tools like you! ;)

  3. I love it! Too cute. I'm not sure I'm that talented with the jigsaw! For some reason, I can't seem to follow the lines! lol!
    Have a great day and I'd love for you to share this at my party. Hope you can stop by!
    House on the Way

  4. Super cute idea! I need to bust out my jigsaw and get to work. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Great ideas! Perfect for this coming Christmas ...and thanks for the templates.

  6. Really love the framed flower! Simple , yet stunning ;) thanks for sharing !

  7. OMG, I have been looking for a template like this forever!!!! Thank you so much!!!!


happy DIYing! Alicia