Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame

You all know I’m a huge lover of keepsakes, especially where my son is concerned….my Project Gallery is filled with sweet mementos of my boy!  That’s why I decided to create this frame to display all the photos of Rowan’s Halloween costumes through the years.

I mean, he’s just so stinking cute, so why not display that costumed cuteness every October?  It’s so sweet to look back at already, and he’s only had three Halloweens under his belt!  He’s grown from little baby to big baby to little boy….and from lobster to rough-and-tough biker to cute scarecrow.  I’m so excited (ok, and a little sad too) to see what other changes the years bring.

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been


Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame

You can of course use one of those school photo frames like this that have a mat precut to display pictures from Kindergarten through 12th grade (that’s what my inspiration used), or ones such as this that document a baby’s first year.   Those would work great!

I’ve been looking for one for the past few months but never found one that was simple enough to use as a Halloween costume keepsake, or if I did, they were way too big for my liking.  I didn’t want this to be a HUGE photo display.  I also didn’t want to spend too much on it.

One day at a discount store, I found a brand new frame from Target that would be perfect for this project….and it was only $3!  It was designed to display three 4″ x 6″ photos, but I just popped out that mat and replaced it with a homemade version thanks to some $1 poster board….so this project was being done on the cheap!



Here’s what I used for this DIY frame:

  • Frame
  • Photos of cute costumed kiddo
  • Poster board
  • Decorative burlap wrapping paper
  • Silhouette Cameo


The Frame

Here’s the frame that I scored for just a few bucks.  It’s an everyday basic plastic frame, but it would work perfect for this project!

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been


The Custom Mat

I grabbed a piece of poster board from Dollar Tree and created a custom collage mat using my Silhouette Cameo (if you don’t have a Silhouette but still want to make a DIY mat, just use a ruler and Xacto knife!).  Each of the openings were sized to display a standard wallet size photo (2″ x 3″), so I’ll be able to fit twelve adorable costume pics.

I’m not sure how many years Rowan will go trick-or-treating, so if it’s more than twelve years I’ll just have to create a new frame!  We plan on having at least one more kid too, so I already plan on doing this at least one more time. ;)

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been


The Decorative Backing

To jazz up the empty openings until they’re filled with a photo, I decided to use some super cool wrapping paper cut to the size of my frame that I found in Michaels’ dollar bin….it looks exactly like burlap!  It even fooled my husband.

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been


Rowan’s Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame!

And here’s Rowan’s photo frame that is proudly displaying all three of his Halloween costumes!  Gahhhh, isn’t he just toooooo cute?!?  Ok, I know I’m biased but I just adore this!

It’ll be so heartwarming to pull this frame out every fall with the rest of our decorations and reminisce over all the cuteness that is Rowan at Halloween.  So much better than just having digital files to search for on Facebook or hardcopies stashed away in a photo box!

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been

Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame | Where The Smiles Have Been


More Halloween Fun!

If you’d like more details on how I made a couple of my son’s Halloween costumes as well as other Halloween goodies, check out these tutorials!

DIY Scarecrow Costume | Where The Smiles Have Been

This is just the perfect shirt to wear to the pumpkin patch!! Cute Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Faces Shirt | Where The Smiles Have Been

Halloween Footprint Craft: A Ghostly Keepsake! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Fun Skeleton Trick-or-Treat Bag that GLOWS in the DARK! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Sugar Skull Makeup Bag: Drop Dead Gorgeous! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Sons of Anarchy Toddler Halloween Costume: Toddlers of Anarchy Cuteness!

Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Makeover: From Cute to Hard-Core!


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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.


  1. This is such a great idea Christine! I love the addition of the burlap to be displayed through the blank areas. And you have the cutest Halloween costume model.

  2. This is such a sweet idea! Pinning!

  3. This is such a cute idea! I love hope cheap it is too!

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