DIY Upcycle Old Photo Frames to Cute Lantern

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DIY Upcycle Old Photo Frames to Cute Lantern
DIY Upcycle Old Photo Frames to Cute Lantern

"This is the situation when you always keep materials and things that are useless for you. Typically you need to organize your space and then to think what to do with them! So, I had a few photo frames left from our craft we did with the kids and I had set them aside. And then Spring came and I wanted to decorate my balcony, to use it for the warm nights and afternoons! What to add in the outside decor? Candles and lanterns and flowers! DIY Upcycle Old Photo Frames to Cute Lantern!"

Materials List

  • 4 photo frames
  • paint brush
  • chalk paint
  • strong glue


  1. Start first by removing everything from the frames and glue them together in order to create a box. Let the glue dry.

  2. My favorite mint green chalk paint was my first though so paint the lantern and let it dry. The specific paint does not need much time to dry! Because of the wooden frame (it had varnish) I decided not to use sandpaper and remove paint in order to create the used style, but to add the second color with tissue!

  3. Use a tissue and put the pink color. Try to add the paint at the edges with the tissue, by just scratching the wood. Let it dry and repeat it once more but with the green color, or any color you want! Let it dry again and add the decorative matte varnish. The lantern's base is ready!

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