Rustic Valentine’s Frame

Learn how to create a beautiful rustic Valentine’s frame out of a thrift store picture frame.

Rustic Valentine's Frame

Last weekend was a horrible weekend for me. Leroy, my Shih Tzu, passed away early Saturday morning, which was his 11th birthday.

He got sick the weekend before, throwing up for 2 days straight. We took him to the vet, but they couldn’t find anything wrong. The vet said, “Sometimes they just don’t feel good.”

I cannot describe the pain I feel over losing Leroy. I’m sure all you fur mamas understand what I mean. I was his human. Everywhere I went, Leroy was right behind me. If I left the house without him, he was the only one super happy to see me when I returned. He just made my life complete.


Now let me move on to today’s DIY before I start ugly crying again like I did all weekend.

How to make a rustic Valentine’s frame

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A few years ago, my mom and I were at a thrift sale held by a local church, and I came across this old rustic picture frame.

rustic frame

Immediately I fell in love with the rustic wooden frame. The tin piece inside? Not so much. But since the frame was less than a dollar I knew I could remove that tin piece.

I have to say, though, that whoever took the time to create that picture in the tin did a really good job. That takes a lot of patience. I’ve done something similar by using a nail and hammer to punch holes in an old soup can. It’s a little time consuming and I only created a few holes!

Let me show you how I turned this thrifted frame into a rustic Valentine’s frame.

What you need:

  • Thrifted wood picture frame, or just any old frame
  • Fabric – I used Homespun fabric
  • XOXO printable – get it here
  • Kraft paper
  • Masking tape

What you do:

Step 1

On the backside of the frame, you can see that there are just old nails holding the tin piece in.

I carefully pulled the nails back and removed the tin. A few of the nails did break because they were so old.

step 1 - remove the back

Step 2

Next, I laid the tin piece on the fabric and cut around it leaving about 2″ all the way around.

This works the same way for the backing of any type of frame.

step 2

Step 3

After that, I placed the tin covered in fabric back into the wooden frame. I pulled the fabric tight and pushed the nails back down to hold it in place.

step 3 - put frame back together
pull fabric of rustic Valentine's frame tight

Step 4

After making sure the fabric of the rustic Valentine’s frame was pulled tight and looked good, I printed out the XOXO printable on brown Kraft paper.

I was going to age white paper with tea, but I didn’t have time to go through all that. I’ll just save that idea for another project later.

step 4 - print out picture

Step 5

I ripped all the edges of the Kraft paper to give it a more worn look.

step 5 rip the edges

Step 6

Last, I placed the XOXO printable in the center of the frame and then placed small pieces of masking tape on each end to keep it in place.

To me, the masking tape just made it look all the more rustic.

Step 6 - add masking tape

Step 7

Decorate! The rustic Valentine’s frame is all complete so it’s time to find a place for it.

Rustic Valentine's Frame
Rustic Valentine's Frame

Will you be making a rustic Valentine’s frame soon?

Looking for more Valentine’s Day DIYs? I recommend these:
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67 thoughts on “Rustic Valentine’s Frame”

  1. Sorry to hear about losing your fur baby. They are part of the family and it is hard when they pass. He is now over the rainbow and looking down at you! Keep busy!

  2. I’m so sorry about Leroy…I still miss my cats and it’s been years. Sometimes I still feel they are hanging around…other times I feel they are waiting for me in some sort of afterlife. Weird your vet just said “sometimes they just don’t feel good” ???

    1. Thank you! I completely understand about your cats. I lost my cat a few years ago and I swear I can still hear him sometimes. I thought it was weird the vet said that, too. They didn’t even do x-rays or anything, but gave him pain meds. Not understanding that at all!

      1. Well, eleven is up there for dogs, and I’m sure he had an amazing life with you all–he was loved, safe, and warm. (I have had lots of issues with vets in the past. I almost didn’t want to adopt more pets after my terrible experiences with vets, but then I rescued and socialised the former ferals that I have now. I still have issues with them, even now.)

  3. Denise at Hootshack

    This is so cute. What a great idea to re-use an old frame. I’m so sorry about Leroy. Losing a pet is heartbreaking!

  4. I am so sorry about Leroy! I do know how heartbreaking it is to lose a pet. They are part of our hearts. I am sending love and hugs your way. ❤️
    I love what you did with the picture frame. Very cute idea. You are so creative! ?

    1. Thank you! It has been such a hard week. I’m so used to him being everywhere I am. It’s lonely now.
      Thank you so much! The frame was super easy to make, too. 🙂

  5. Oh my sweet friend!! I am so sorry for the loss of your fur baby Leroy! My heart aches for you! There really are no words but please know I’m sending prayers you find some peace. Hugs to you and yours! PS love your Valentines picture frame! Such a wonderful way to honor your crafting sidekick!?

    1. Thank you for your hugs and prayers! They’re very much appreciated and needed. It’s been a really hard week!

      Thank you! The frame was so easy to make, too! 🙂

  6. You are so clever Michelle! I love the Dollar Tree there are so many clever things to make. I am so sorry about your Shih Tzu. I have had two and after the last one couldn’t do it again. I feel your pain. (((Hugs)))

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂
      Thank you. I’ve missed him so much this week. I keep thinking I want another one, but then I don’t want to go through the pain of losing it again. So for now I’ll just stick with my crazy annoying cats. haha!
      Thanks for the much needed hugs!

  7. I’m sorry to hear about Leroy! I know exactly how you feel, because what you describe is how I felt when my toy poodle had to be put down. To this day, it is the worst day of my life.

    I also think it’s odd that my vet said something similar as my dog’s health declined. She asked me how he got this bad :-/

    Anywho…sending you a virtual hug.

    1. Thank you! I’m so sorry about your poodle. It’s so hard to have to let them go.
      That is weird! It’s almost as if the vets just want a paycheck nowadays.
      Thank you for the much-needed hug! Hugs back!

  8. I’m so, so sorry to hear about your doggie’s passing. I know very well the pain of losing a furry family member, and it’s truly awful. Sending you all the love! ❤️ ?

  9. When lockdowns are a thing of the past and we have garage sales again, I’ll be on the lookout for old frames I can repurpose. I am sorry for your loss. I can only imagine your sadness.

  10. Michelle, I’m so sorry about Leroy. I am mom to 6 cats and I know, no matter what anyone says or writes, your hurt will not reduce. All my cats are rescues and at a time, we used to foster more than 17 cats !! Last year, I lost two of my cats and its something I just dont talk about. Sometimes, I feel – Vets have become more commercial and less compassionate about animals. Sorry – I got carried away.
    You are in my prayers Michelle.

    1. Thank you for understanding and for your prayers. I’m starting to feel the exact same way about vets. The vet we used to have actually cared about our animals – she even sent them cards and called to check on them! I hate that she moved away.
      Thank you for sharing! I’m sorry about your cats, too. It’s hard to lose a pet because they’re family – not “just an animal”.

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