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Wood Filigree Frame

Wood filigree is a decorative touch that is usually used as a trim or border on furniture such as cabinets, tables, and plain picture frames.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Wood filigree

  • Utility knife

  • Spray paint primer

  • Tweezers

  • Paint

  • Craft paper

  • 2 Popsicle sticks

  • Clear-drying craft glue

  • Small tray

  • Foam brush

  • Clamps with rubber tips


  1. Choose a wood filigree style that complements your picture frame.

  2. Use a utility knife to cut two pieces of the wood filigree 7 1/2 inches for the length and two pieces 6 inches for the width. Cut both sides of the filigree and then snap it off.

  3. Prime the wood filigree pieces using a spray paint primer. Let dry completely.

  4. In order to make a flawless finish without brush marks, use tweezers to dip the filigree into a mixture of equal amounts of paint and water. (You can paint the frame and wood filigree using the same color; or, try painting the frame a dark shade and the wood filigree in a lighter shade.) This mixture will be very watery. Tap the excess paint mixture off filigree. Blot the filigree on a piece of craft paper to absorb any excess paint. Set up a drying rack of two Popsicle sticks to dry the filigree. Dip the filigree 4 times, allowing the wood to dry about 5 minutes in between dippings.

  5. Pour some clear-drying craft glue into a small tray. Do not use wood glue, since it does not dry clear. Paint the glue onto the filigree using a foam brush. Be careful that the glue doesn't clump in the crevices of the filigree. Continue until all four pieces have been glued onto the frame.

  6. Secure the filigree to the frame with clamps that have rubber tips. Let the picture frame dry overnight.

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