But First We Craft

Gilt Picture Frames



I was redoing our bathroom as a birthday present from my husband. I got to pick the paint colour and new decorations and then he would do the work. I really wanted three old fashioned gilt picture frames, each with a picture of one of my children at the beach in it. I looked in over ten stores, including several second hand stores, and found nothing. Previously I had plain black frames in the bathroom, so I thought I would decorate these with hot glue and gold spray paint until I found what I was actually looking for. But I was so thrilled with the result that I’m going to leave them the way they are! Many of our guests have complimented me on them and asked me where I got them. There’s no higher praise than that!



  • Old or plain picture frames
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Lots of Time (each frame took more than 20 minutes to glue)



  • Preheat Glue Gun (BUT if the glue is too hot it will be too runny to stay where you put it)
  • Wash frames to free them of dust, then dry thoroughly.
  • Draw designs on the frame with the hot glue (I looked up real gilt frames on Google Images to get ideas).
  • Let glue dry.
  • Pull off any glue strings and inspect your work. Now is the time to add to it if it needs a little more glue.
  • Spray paint.
  • Once they’re dry double check that you painted all areas. Because it’s so bumpy it can be easy to miss bits. I missed one spot, and I didn’t notice until I hung it back on the wall. I now use that part to prove that I made them!

I hope you enjoy doing this craft! Let me know how it turns out in the comments below!


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