DIY Fall in Love Frame

Sometimes I amaze myself at what could come from just a few craft supplies and some bright fresh ideas. I mean this is a regular picture frame from Ikea, and I turned it into this interactive, leaf falling, cute Fall decor piece for my home. What’s so great about this DIY is it is completely customizable. Let me shoot you some ideas. You can spray paint the leaves multiple colours, or even gold! Don’t like the white frame? Paint it! You can choose any scrapbook paper background to match your room. And you can choose to put any message you want. Don’t want a message? You can even just place a picture inside. The ideas are endless and that’s why I love creating my own decor pieces because I can customize them to look whichever way I want them to! So without further ado, let’s get started!

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What you’ll need:

-IKEA RIBBA picture frame

-Fake leaves (I got mine at the Dollar Store for a $1.50!)

-Scrapbook paper

-Sticker letters (I got mine at Michael’s)

-Glue stick (optional) *see tip below*

*tip* What makes this DIY so much fun is the falling leaves incorporated inside the frame. This frame is an extra deep shadow box frame (has about a 2 inch gap from the glass to the picture insert). This allows the leaves the move around in the frame. A regular picture frame will not do this. If you do not have an Ikea nearby, I found two on for you! This one is a black frame, and this one is a white frame.

Step 1: Bend all the backing holders 90 degrees.

Step 2: Remove the cardboard backing.

Step 3: The Ikea frame has a picture insert inside. Remove that as well if you are going to use the scrapbook paper as your background. If you are inserting a picture instead, leave this part and tape your picture onto the cardboard so it stays in place.

Step 4: Once everything is removed, your frame should be empty with just the glass showing.

Step 5: Place your scrapbook paper flat on a table. Place the cardboard from inside the frame on top of the scrapbook paper, and use it as a template to trace the size needed for the frame.

Step 6: Snip Snip!!

Step 7: This is what your scrapbook paper should look like. It should fit perfectly inside your frame. If it doesn’t, trim some extra off the sides.

Step 8: It’s leaf time!

*tip* I decided to leave my leaves these colours. But feel free to spray paint or paint them any colour you would like. I think a pretty pastel colour would look awesome! Maybe once I move it into my office I’ll give the leaves a little makeover!!

Step 9: Start to place your leaves inside the frame.

Step 10: You can put as many leaves as you’d like! I kept it simple because I didn’t want to cover so much of the background. I did about 10-15 leaves.

Step 11: Place your cut scrapbook paper inside first.

Step 12: Insert the picture cardboard next for extra support.

Step 13: Place the cardboard backing on.

Step 14: Close down the tabs to secure the frame.

*tip* I decided to use gold cursive letters because it went well with my bedroom aesthetic. But you can pick any style or colour your heart desires!

Step 15: I decided to use the words FALL IN LOVE. You’re going to want to pick a short message because the frame is only 9×9. To make sure I got the letters in the right spot without it being too long or too short, I placed the first letter first, and then the last letter, and filled in the middle letters.

Step 16: Make sure you press down on each sticker letter to insure they don’t peel off in the future.

*tip* This step is totally optional. I decided to glue a few leaves onto my scrapbook paper to really display it as ‘falling leaves’.

*tip* I glued about 4-5 leaves. This allows the leaves to stay in place while you move the frame and the rest of the leaves move around.

Here is the final product! So festive and fun!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, and to my Canadian followers, have a very Happy Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for in our lives, so be sure to take the time to reflect and enjoy time spent with family and friends!


If you recreate this or any of my DIY’s I would love to see them! Tag me on Instagram!



  1. October 13, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    How cute! I’ve had those shadow boxes since college and I still keep just switching out the artwork. I’ll definitely have to show this to my sister she will love it!

    • braveandbrilliant
      October 13, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Same here! I always have them lying around and I thought it would be fun to do something different and fun! Glad you liked it! If you recreate it I would love to see it! Be sure to tag me!!

  2. October 16, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    What a great fall project! Makes me want to sip some apple cider and get crafty!

    • braveandbrilliant
      October 17, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you so much! Ha! I love the way you think! Now you got me craving apple cider! Thanks for stopping by!

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