Picture Frame Photo Luminaries

As promised, here is my first attempt at recreating a Pinterest project. To be completely honest, I was a little skeptical about how it would turn out. The pin had be circulating for a while, and I was seeing it A LOT, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked in the picture.

I chose this as the first project because it didn’t need a lot of supplies or time to complete. Since I’m working on a small budget, I liked that the materials needed for this were very accessible and inexpensive.

At the end of the project, I can officially say pictures do not do it justice, and I LOVE how it turned out. I really think I will try to find a way to incorporate it into my everyday décor.

So, with all of that being said, here are the photos and instructions I used for my photo luminaries:

For one photo centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • 3 photo frames with glass (the original website called for wooden frames that you would stain or paint the color you wanted. I used 3 4×6 metal frames that I found at a local thrift shop)
  • Multiple sheets of Vellum paper (you can find this in the scrapbook paper section of any major craft store, I like Michaels because they have sales on paper all the time. My store was out of white, so I bought blue and pink.)
  • Double stick tape
  • Glue gun
  • Candles (Many people prefer flameless. If you decide to use real candles, make sure they are in a glass votive holder)
  • 3 black and white photos (Chose any 3 pictures you love….color pictures can easily be converted to b&w within Word or other programs)
  • Word/photo processing program and a printer

DIY photo frame luminaries, www.historyeventsmt.net

Ok, now for the fun part….Putting it all together!

It’s really as simple as:

  1. Upload your pictures to your preferred program. I used Microsoft Word. Size your images to match the size of your frames. I didn’t want my pictures to be solid black and white, so I chose to use the Color Saturation editing tool, and chose the 33% saturation option.
  2. Print your pictures. Since I bought pink 12×12 vellum, I had to cut it down to normal paper size. (I was able to print 2 pictures on 1 page. Hello savings!)
  3. Remove the cardboard backing from the picture frames (it won’t allow light to show through) Using double sided tape around the edges of the glass, attach your photo to the OUTSIDE of the glass. Trust me, it’s the best option! No worries about finger prints on the glass, no wrinkly photos, and it’s ok to use with votive candles.
  4. Hot glue your picture frames together in a triangle. This part was a little difficult for me. I ended up having to put an extra layer of hot glue on the outside of the seams to hold the frames together securely. It didn’t look very nice, but it could be easily covered with strips of ribbon or some bling.
  5. Slip the glass back into the frames. Make things easy on yourself–Use the bottom of the frames as the top. You’ll be able to move the completed pieces around without having to worry about the glass falling out.
  6. Illuminate and Enjoy!

Some pictures I’ve seen online use flameless candles and add pretty flowers on top to really create a truly elegant and unique centerpiece.

**I struggled with getting a clear picture of the finished product while illuminated by the flameless candles. I know that picture is blurry, but it was the best I could do. The camera did not do a very good job of capturing the true look of this, and I hope it doesn’t prevent you from giving this project a try.

Thanks for checking out my post. This was my first tutorial, so I hope I made it easy enough to understand and you enjoy the finished product. If you liked the pictures of me and my handsome man, here’s where you can check out more from Missy Short, our fantastic photographer.

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