Heirloom Display Frames

By  Connie Glennon-Hall  for  JoAnn Fabrics & Craft Stores

  • Heirloom Display Frames


  • Photo frames, three
  • Artist canvases, three
  • Spray paint: green; blue
  • Lace doilies
  • Vintage photos
  • Scrapbook papers: green; blue; cream; brown
  • Small candle cups
  • Assorted pearl and brass buttons
  • Ribbon: green; blue; brown
  • Sawtooth hangers
  • Acrylic paints: Brown; gray; silver; gold


  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Small paintbrush
  • Border punch
  • Paper trimmer
  • Glue stick
  • Craft glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Screws and screwdriver
  • Canvases
  • 1. Spray paint canvas front and edges. Let dry.
  • 2. Position lace doily on canvas and tack down with needle and thread, starting at back of canvas. Fold lace neatly if it covers a corner and secure to back of canvas.
  • 3. With glue stick, apply a bit of glue to tips of doily to help it lay flat on the canvas surface.
  • 4. Sew thread through buttons; sew or glue buttons onto lace canvas. Attach sawtooth hanger to back.
  • Photo Frames
  • 1. Remove backings from frames and use them as templates to create the background for your photos. Use photo as guide to mix and match scrapbook papers and ribbons.
  • 2. Arrange photos on background. Single or double mat them as desired and attach with glue. Decorate with buttons, ribbons and other embellishments. Set aside.
  • 3. Basecoat candle cups with acrylic paint color of choice and add accents of the other colors to blend with the frames. When paint is dry, screw candle cups onto frame. Be sure screws will not interfere with the glass when frame is reassembled.
  • 4. Apply glue to the top rim of each candle cup and place a brass button on each, with the button shank inside the cup. Let glue dry.
  • 5. Reassemble frames. Add additional sawtooth hangers, if needed; then hang.