DIY Embroidery Hoop Picture Frames


This contributor post was written by Patty of P.S. it’s in the detailsThis is Patty’s first contributor post on papernstitch. She’ll be here every month to share a new diy project with you. Take it away Patty…

I came across a bunch of assorted sizes of embroidery hoops at a yard sale. They were super cheap, so I added a bunch of them to my craft stash. I’ve seen ideas where pretty fabrics are used with the hoops to make wall art. I thought it would be really fun to use PhotoFabric to make a personalized wall art display.

Here are the materials you’ll need…. 1. embroidery hoops in assorted sizes (I used a 7″, 6″, 5″, 4″ and 3″ hoop) 2. spray paint in your favorite color(s) 3. PhotoFabric 4. image files of pictures you’d like to frame. 5. common crafting supplies: scissors, pencil, double-sided tape, kraft paper

 Here is how you make it:

1. Lay down a piece of kraft paper that is large enough to accommodate all of your hoops. Arrange the hoops so you have a pleasing design. Use a pencil to trace the outside of each hoop onto the kraft paper. Mark a dot on the inside of each cirlce, at the top, where the nail will be. This step will help with hanging the hoops once they are completed.

2. Take the hoops apart. Set up in a well ventilated area to spray paint (I worked outside). You only need to spray paint the outside rings since the inside rings will not be seen. Apply several light coats of spray paint, allowing dry time between each coat, until your rings are completely covered.

3. Select photos and edit the sizes in your photo editing program so they will fit inside their respective hoops. Print the photos onto the PhotoFabric and let dry. Peel the paper backing off the fabric. (Manufacturer directions say to rinse the fabric and then lay flat to dry, but I skipped this step.)

4. Pinch your fabric between the rings of the hoop and tighten the screw to hold the fabric taut.

5. Turn the hoop over and trim the excess fabric. Leave enough fabric to tuck under and adhere to the inside of the ring.

6. Apply a double-sided tape to the inside of the ring. Press the fabric down onto tape to hold in place.

7. Repeat process for all of the hoops.

8. Tape the kraft paper guide from step 1 to the wall where you would like your embroidery hoops to be displayed. Use a hammer and a nail to make a hole in the wall where each hoop will hang. Make the hole at each dot you marked on the paper. Remove the paper once all the holes are made.

9. Hang all your completed hoops and enjoy!

About Patty: Patty Schaffer is the owner of P.S. it’s in the details, an Etsy shop where you can find creative paper things that will make you ooooo and ahhh! Her shop specializes in paper accents for scrapbooking, card making, gift giving and home decor. Patty also shares DIY and craft projects, news on upcoming shop releases and other fun things on her blog, Capture the Details.

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13 comments | Click here to reply

These are so pretty, I love the look of a bunch of them together on the wall. Thanks for sharing!
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Leah | November 9th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Really cute idea! I’ve never seen this done before!

alexia | November 9th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Great DIY Patty. So happy to have you as a contributor. I am going to try this soon with a photo transfer technique I recently found. Excited to see how it turns out.

papernstitch | November 9th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

My kids will love this I will try this project tomorrow.

apex | November 9th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

What a great project for kids to try Apex. Let us know how it turns out!

papernstitch | November 9th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

They look great – what a lovely idea!
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Suki | November 10th, 2011 at 8:35 am

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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Cathy Pascual | November 10th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

awesome project! I’m going to try this at some point!
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Marie | November 11th, 2011 at 11:29 am

What a great idea! I am going to do this, what a great way to display all the christmas pictures of when my kids were young. Thanks for sharing!
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Glo | November 11th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

This is a fantastic and beautiful idea! thank you for your tutorial!

Jen da purse Ho | November 13th, 2011 at 1:44 am

Love the idea thank u for sharing i use scrapbook paper too

erican | November 13th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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DIY Embroidery Hoop Picture Frame | The New Home Ec | November 28th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Thank you for the tutorial! I’ve been reading tutorials on this type of project for 90 minutes, looking for one that would yield professional-looking results. Your tutorial is the only one I’ve found so far that suggests spray painting the hoops! I thought that would be an obvious thing to do, so I’m surprised. I love the idea of securing the fabric with tape. It leaves such a nice finish.
Thanks again for this great tutorial! This will save me lots of trial and error! 🙂

Rose | December 24th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
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