Want a Glam Gold Frame Gallery Wall? Here's How to DIY It

Katy | LaughCryDIY
by Katy | LaughCryDIY
5 Materials
2 Days

If you like big frames and you cannot lie, you’re going to love today’s episode.

I have a glamorous makeover coming up where I’m going to be creating a gold frame gallery wall. But, instead of spending money on gold, gilded, filigreed frames, we are going to DIY gold frames the cheap way!

Here's how to make a cheap gallery wall.

Tools and materials:

  • Thrifted frames
  • E6000
  • Embellishments from the dollar store
  • Tweezers
  • Gold spray paint (Rustoleum)
Thrifted frames

First, I went to the thrift store and got all the variety of frames I needed. I chose these frames because they were simple—flat, with minimal detail— because we’re going to jazz them up with supplies from the dollar store. 

Washing the frames

1. Wash the frames

First, clean everything.

Gluing the garland to the frame

2. Glue your embellishments


For my first frame, I’m using this gold garland from the dollar store and sticking it along the frame with E6000 glue. Make sure the beads are laying the right way, then let the frame dry overnight.

Gluing the butterflies to the frame


For my next frame, I’m embellishing the corners with these butterfly stickers. They’re layered cardboard with foam stickers on the back, which is great for height and dimension, but I’m still going to adhere them with E6000. 

I’m layering a few of the big butterflies on first, then using the smaller butterflies to fill in the gaps.

Gluing crown stickers to the frame


For a little more pizzazz, I’m using these crown stickers on the sides. I’m only using E6000 on the ends, as they already have glue on them.

Gluing flowers to the frames


The third frame already had some detail, but I wanted to add some more feminine flair. So, I’m adding some of these metal flowers from the dollar store to each corner.

Gluing wood-cut birds to the frames


Next up, I’m creating a design with some wood-cut birds. I’m gluing matching birds symmetrically so that it creates a medallion effect. The wings are quite delicate, so I’m going to cut them off where they overlap the edges of the frame.

Gluing rhinestones to the frame


For this frame, I’m using similar stickers to the crowns, but these are rhinestones.

Gluing larger rhinestones to the frame

Larger rhinestones

This frame already has an interesting shape, so I’m just adding a bit of texture with these larger rhinestone stickers.

Lite-Brite board

How much does this look like one of those old Lite-Brite boards?

Removing the strands of glue

3. Remove the cobwebs

Whenever you’re working with E6000 or hot glue, there are always little “cobweb” strands left behind. So, I’m just removing them with tweezers before painting.

Spraying the frames gold

4. Spray them gold

Now it’s spray time! Spray-paint all the frames gold.

Gold frame gallery wall

How to make gold frames for a gallery wall

DIY gold frame gallery wall

DIY gold frame gallery wall

Here’s the final reveal! This is a very easy, very simple, very cheap craft to do. This gold frame gallery wall lives here for now until I move it to my future makeover room. 

I love how the frames turned out. What do you think of the result? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY home decor using old picture frames


Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  2 questions
  • Pen23302993 Pen23302993 on Mar 20, 2023

    you are putting photos in the frames right?

  • Diane Diane on Mar 26, 2023

    I really love the gold and all of your ideas to make the frames unique on their own but tie them together with the gold paint. Great idea. Now I just need to know where that stunning wallpaper came from?

Join the conversation
4 of 10 comments