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Birch Bark Frame

Turn an ordinary photo frame into beautiful handmade gift with this easy and affordable craft.




  • 11- by 14-inch wood frame
  • Utility knife
  • Birch bark tiles
  • Ruler
  • Ruled cutting mat
  • "Liquid Nails" adhesive
  • Clamps
  • Metallic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper mat to fit frame (optional)Slightly darker shade of paint for mat (optional)
  • Slightly darker shade of paint for mat (optional)


  1. Step 1

    With a utility knife, cut strips from birch bark that match the width of the frame.

  2. Step 2

    Secure birch bark strips to frame with adhesive. If bark begins to curl, secure using clamps.

  3. Step 3

    To meet strips at corners, align strip on a cutting mat along the 45-degree angle line. Cut an angle at the end of the strip.

  4. Step 4

    Tear small pieces of birch bark from unused tiles and glue them to frame to disguise seams between strips.

  5. Step 5

    Paint entire frame with metallic paint. Let dry.

  6. Step 6

    Optional: Paint a paper mat a slightly deeper shade than frame and use when framing photo or artwork.



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