DIY Personalized Photo Frame

personalized photo frame

My daughter calls my dad “Po-Po”.  You can easily find personalized picture frames for grandparents who go by more common names such as Papa, Grandpa, Nana, Grandma, etc.  However, you will not find one for Po-Po unless you order a custom frame from somewhere.  Many kids end up coming up with their own unique names for their grandparents so I thought I would share how I made my dad his own personalized picture frame so he could display a picture of him with my daughter.  Of course, you can use this method to display any name or design you want.  It’s very easy and less costly than ordering a custom frame.  See below for the directions.



– Plain wood frame

– Paint (I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint in Citrine Gold)

– Decorative Letter Stickers (I used K&Company Adhesive Chipboard, Wild Saffron found at Michaels for my letters)

– Adhesive Embellishments (I used Naturals Collection Burlap Stickers – Hearts found on Amazon)

– Hot glue gun/hot glue


1. Paint your frame with your choice of paint color.  Depending on the type of paint, you may have to apply more than one coat.  Allow it to dry.

2. Use hot glue to apply your letters and embellishments to create a personalized design on the front of your frame.  Even if your letters or embellishments are self-adhesive, you may still want to use hot glue for extra reinforcement.

3. Place a photo in your frame and give as a gift or use it as your own decoration.

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