I was watching Coco, a Disney movie, with my daughter and the movie took me by surprise. I was inspired to create something related to the movie, so I made an easy DIY flower picture frame in honor of my Grama.
The basis of the movie is that young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician, despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the Land of the Dead where he goes on a journey to learn the story behind his family history.
The characters, importance of family, and even colors in this movie are inspirational and moving. And let me tell you, this movie makes me cry.. EVERY.. SINGLE.. TIME. Because of the movie, I wanted to learn more about Dias de los Muertos and how families honor their loved ones who have passed. They do this by creating an ofrenda, or altar, to display photos of the deceased, flowers, and other significant items. In the movie the main character says to his little sister as they stand by the ofrenda,
These aren’t just old pictures. They’re our family and they’re counting on us to remember them.
That quote right there. It says it all. We remember those who love us through our memories and keep them alive in our hearts. As scrapbookers that’s our mission in life. So to honor my Grama who recently passed away, I wanted to display a photo of her in my crafting space. I made an easy DIY flower picture frame inspired by the colors from Dias de los Muertos, with a little scrapbooking twist. You can check out the tutorial below for the quick steps to make your own.
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– Fake flowers (about 4 bouquets with 20 flowers buds total)
– Mini chalkboard art easel about 5in x 8in
– Glue gun and glue sticks
– Double stick tape
– Personal momento (if you want)
– Word art or scrapbooking embellishments (if you want)
Steps to Make Easy DIY Flower Picture Frame
Pop the flower buds off the stems. For this project, I left the stem attached to the flower bud. You’ll see below that the width of the side of the easel was the perfect fit for the stem to attach.
Lightly attach the photo and any personal momentos to the front of the easel for placement. For this step, I used a tiny dab of hot glue, but you could also use tape.
Next I laid out the pattern of my flowers to decide how many I needed and the pattern I wanted to display on the picture frame. In total I ended up using 18 flower buds. Five on each side and four on the top and bottom.
Now, using the hot glue gun, attach each flower bud to the outside of the picture frame. I turned my frame on its side to help balance the flowers as the glue dried. This part took the longest because I wanted to make sure my flowers were secure before moving to the next side.
Last, secure your photo, momentos, and any other embellishments to the mini chalkboard easel. I included my Grama’s handkerchief, photo, and some scrapbooking embellishments. The white phrase “One of a Kind” is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quotes. The other embellishments are all from Heidi Swapp’s Magnolia Lane embellishment pack.
And you’re done!
This was a quick and easy project to make and took me only about an hour to finish. I was inspired by Dias De Los Muertos and the color of the flowers, but you could use any type of fake flower. The options are endless!
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Want to learn more about Dias De Los Muertos and the “ofrenda” where pictures of ancestors are displayed on this holiday? Check out this quick YouTube video about creating your own ofrenda.