Learn how to DIY a yearly Halloween costume photo frame to display your kiddo’s costume cuteness every October! The best part: it’s a super cheap project!
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 (and now his little brother, Brayden’s) Halloween costumes through the years.
DIY Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame for an Adorable Keepsake!
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, too.
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, for sure!
Here’s what I used for this DIY yearly Halloween costume frame:
- Photos of cute costumed kiddo(s)
- Poster board
- Decorative burlap wrapping paper
- Silhouette Cameo
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.
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. No biggie!
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.
Rowan’s Yearly Halloween Costume Photo Frame!
And here’s Rowan’s photo frame that is proudly displaying all three of his Halloween costumes (so far)!
Gahhhh, isn’t he just too 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!
Now that we’ve added another crazy but lovable little boy to our brood, I’ve started adding his costume pics to this frame too!
For now, Rowan’s costumes are (almost finished) filling up the top row, while Brayden is starting to add his own costumes along the bottom.
After this year, I’ll have to finally make a second frame since Rowan will be completing his row. Then both boys with each have their own frame, and I’ll just have double the costume cuteness. :)
You can find out all the details about our Halloween mantel decor here!
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!
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