Picture Frame Collage Tutuorial


Warm Welcomes! Hope you had a nice and relaxing Labor Day weekend. The Hayslip household actually had a pretty calm and quiet long weekend. I puttered around the house, BBQ, played with the kids, visit with friends and family, and during my downtime I played in the studio, and Vivi played dress up. Her new favorite book is "Fancy Nancy" and in Nancy's world everything is just OVER THE TOP & FABULOUS!!!!

Dressed her in high heels, satin pink gloves, Aerial sunglasses, and costume earrings Vivi is feeling glamourous!


Tee! hee!


My long time best friend Kristie who lives in Dallas is sooo incredibly sweet to send me a huge boxes of her childrens hand me down clothes. They are always nice and in mint condition, so I thought as a thank you I would make something special for her daughter Caroline's bedroom. 

Caroline just celebrated her 3rd birthday, and the theme was pink elephants! SOOO PRECIOUS!!! I thought it would be fun to make a picture collage with itty bitty sweet bits adorned to the frame.


I know many of you seasoned artist are experts at making collages, but for those that are newbies and would like to make one for your home, child, or friend I thought I would share some quick easy steps, some cool tricks, and shopping sources.

If you dont mind having a round frame I have the PERFECT thing to use and it comes in several sizes!!! Cheap and lightweight! WHOO-HOO!


You can find these at Michaels in the decorative cake section or Walmart. They are thick and sturdy enough to use, and super easy to work with!

– Cover the round cake circle with vintage wallpaper, wrapping paper, ledger, music sheet…whatever you heart desires! I like to use Zip Dry. LOVE this stuff!


– Next I put a light coat of Mod Podge sealer and glue on top. The wrapping paper I use is vintage and very thin, so I try not to use too much otherwise it will tear easily.


– Next I find the center focal point and using paper flowers and E6000 glue I make my frame.


– Add a bow, and your photo…and TA-DA….the major part is finished.


Beautiful little Caroline…aka Kiki.


– After that I add trim around the frame. I was thinking this at first.


But opted for this trim. Very girly, soft and pretty.


– Now the really fun part…..adding your fun bits and pieces! All of which I've collected or has been gifted to me. :) 



I am a big fan of this yummy colored tape. My friend Andrea sells them in her shop One Hundred Wishes.


I used them to secure the pom pom trim and birthday candles.



Add a few mini glass vile containers filled with candy sprinkles for a fun and festive touch.



A little bling….




My absolute favorite piece of the entire collage frame is the pink elephant. DARLING!!!!



Glue some pretty trim to the back of the round frame and now Caroline's whimsy, pretty, and festive collage is now ready to hang!


I had so much fun making this collage for Kris and Caroline, that I went ahead and made two more collages that are now available in my shop

Both collages I made are very different from one another. This DARLING ooey gooey cute collage is perfect for the bunny lover at heart. Titled "Bunny Celebration".


Sweet bunny in her party hat and pink tutu sitting atop a glittery cupcake. Cuteness overload!!!!  


 The tags came from Cavallini & Co "Sweet Treats" gift tags. I though they would dress up the collage nicely.




EEEK that face and bunny nose!!!


The other collage I made I just LOOOOVE how it turned out!!! Very Marie Antoinette theme (something I've never really done before) but of course with a touch of whimsy.  

"Marie's Sweet Decadence"


Very dreamy in ivory, gold, and bright colors. 


The collage is adorned with gilded gold carousel horses and butterflies. 


The gorgeous Marie Antoinette image came from the lovely Cassandra's Etsy shop.  Her shop is full of the most beautiful digital images.   



I love the horses!



*SIGH* I just LOVE the rich colors. You can find it available here.


If you end up taking my advice and using one of the cake rounds to make a decorative collage PLEASE email me pics! I wanna see!!!

Thanks so much sweet friends for stopping by, and as Vivi is saying here….."Bye DAAAAAAHLINGS!". 




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Jennifer Grenko

Oh Jenn, I Heart the collages! They make me go eek! And look at Miss thing Vivi… chip off the old block with her mom’s sense of style and all.

Oh Jenn that is just sooo lovely, your little viv ~ as we might say her ~ Absolutely Fabulous Darling ~ lol
I think your cake base is a great idea and I am going to see how much they cost here and have a go at something. I love what you did with them and love seeing you getting into the whole Marie Antoinette theme ~ it suits you well :-))
best wishes Ginny

Vivi is really stylin’…she looks like she is having a lot of fun…what a cutie…LOVE the collages…esp the bunny one…they are so cute…i have to know where you got that pleated trim, i have been looking for some!!!

Hi Jenn!
Love your new collages. YOur friend and her daugher will also love theirs. mY favorite is that sweet bunny collage.. how stinking cute that is. And littl Vivi?? She is absolutely preciously adorable! she has grown so much. but I guess thats what they do, isnt it!
have a wonderful day!

I love those projects.. and your home.. Will you give us a tour someday- on your blog.. It looks DIVINE!
PS Martha Stewart is having a blog/twitter/facebook day on the 29th of Sept and she is looking for people to sign up- go to her site and click on request tickets.. its in there.

Hi Jenn!! Vivi is soooo cute!! I wish I could come and play dress up with her, how fun! I saw the book Fancy Nancy and I told my boys I wanted it, lol! They said it was perfect for me, lol!
LOVE the collages Jenn! Such a wonderful tutorial. All of the little touches you added are just perfect. I have been wanting that tape from Andrea’s shop. I have to get some. The vials of candy are too cute as is the darling pink elephant! I always think of you when I see them πŸ™‚ I am dying over the bunny one Jenn!!! It would be perfect in my kitchen too :):) You make the best things πŸ™‚
Love ya,

Omgosh!! Vivi is so cute, I can’t believe she didn’t make Grant play dressup as well…my poor brother never stood a chance, hahaha!! I love the collages and the cake rounds are my favs, I have a cabinet full of them but have never used them for collages….may have to try that for Christmas or ooh, even Halloween. Thanks for the idea Jenn!

Absolutely lovely Jenn! The collages are beautiful and fun and the cake rounds are a great base. Vivi is too darn cute!

Jen Grenko

I am really inspired to try this myself. Maybe for Halloween like someone else said!

What a little Diva!!! I always loved playing dress up when I was little.. Little Vivi looks just to darn cute.. Glad you had a wonderful weekend.. Those types of weekends are always the best..
Your collages are amazing.. I guess you know by now, you’re always amazing me..
I love that tape from Andrea’s shop.. Works well for so many things..
Thanks for showing the tutorial..

WOW…I miss that my little girl is now 22 and she would rather play with her friends than me. Playing dress up is the most fun a little girl can have and Miss Vivi looks as though she is having a blast and looking quite adorable doing it.
Your collages are really charming!! I think I might even give it a try…you always make it look so easy…I am not fooled!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Enjoy the rest of your day!! xOxO Hugs, Nerina πŸ™‚

What yummy collages! Your friend will be so happy to get that thank you gift.
And Vivi’s outfit is just perfectly coordinated with that pair of Ariel glasses. If she’s anything like my little ones, Ariel is the height of fashion to her.

I want to eat vivi up! TOOO darn cute!!! I have to show kathy your bunny collage, she will die! She brought over the tags you made her today, they are so sweet! I have something for you, I need to mail it!
xoxo, Tiffany

Vivi is too adorable!!!
I love your collages especially the one for Caroline. They will cherish it.
Everything is very sweet!!!

I can’t decide what is cuter… Miss Vivi or that little pink elephant… Ok, OK, hands down… It’s Miss Vivi (and Cassandra’s images are AWESOME, I agree!!!)

Thank you very much for the inspiration! Now I have to make some coffee and sit down at my crafting table and glue! Very beautiful stuff you’ve made (as usual!)

Your Daughter is an absolute little doll, so so sweet. And I adore the bunny collage, you knew I would : ) I talked to Tiffany today about wanting to make a banner out of the sweet tags you sent me with tissue roses in between the tags. I will take pictures and send them to you when I get it figured out. Thank you again, you are a sweetheart.

Your daughter is absolutely adorable. What a charmer. I love the collages, and yes you have inspired me to make one. I promise to send pictures. Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Hi, Jenn! I’m a huge fan, having first seen your design talents in the Romantic Homes magazine. Your Vivi looks so cute here, a real bundle of joy. Treasure those dress up times and take plenty of photos! I wish you continued success in all your endeavors, and thanks for sharing! Oh – I’ve not seen the glue you used on your precious collages – where did you find it? Have a foofy day! ~ Angela

Awww..thank you Karla. :)) XOXO

Gosh, could you imagine Sugarwings and Vivi together? I know Sugarwings is a bit older, but I could just see the two playing dress up together. Of course we need fairy dresses for them both. πŸ˜‰ XO

Thank you Nerina for your lovely compliments and I always apprecite you stopping by. πŸ™‚ XO

Kathy is sooo sweet! I cant wait to see the banner she makes with the tags. EEK! Something for ME??? YAY!!! πŸ™‚ Good luck this weekend. Take lots of pics!! XO,Jenn

Cant wait to see the bannner Kathy! Im sure it will turn out precious! πŸ™‚ XO, Jenn

Awww…thanks Valarie! Please send pics. I wanna see! Have fun! πŸ˜‰ XO,Jenn

Thank you Angela for you sweet sweet compliments! The glue I used can be purchased at Michaels, Joann’s or Hobby Lobby. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! XO,Jenn

Thank you Zizzi!!!! Happy creating! πŸ™‚ XO,Jenn


jenn- what is your email so i can send you pics of my creation? cant wait to show you!!!

TypePad HTML EmailOh, I have plenty of fairy clothes for them! They’d have a ball. Fairy wings and teaparties are so much fun for little ones. But I have a feeling that I enjoy it even more than they do.

Oooh but of course! We get to live vicariously thru them. πŸ˜‰ XO

hi jenn,
i thoroughly enjoyed your tutorial because i have been looking for a project to do. this just might be it!
gosh, you have named your blog and shop perfectly because what you make are truly sweet eye candy creations!

You did such a lovely job. I’ve gone back to look at it again and again!

Too cute as always! Love the idea and I happen to have those cake rounds for halloween villages from last year. I must try.
Thanks for sharing a tutorial. I definitely learned some new things. Your daughter is too adorable. Got to love Hello Kitty!

Your blogs is just beautiful! I found it through Bunny Rose Cottage. The Lop bunny looks exactly like my Paige (resting in peace now) when he was a baby!

Sorry, I meant “blog”, not plural! I need to get some lunch so I can concentrate!


My grandbaby she just turned 3.
Pamela in NE OH

Hi Jenn,
Well Vivi is a girl after my own heart – love all the pictures. I must admit I am very visual so I look at the pictures first and then read. I eat dessert first too and thumb through magazines end to beginning. Is that normal? Anyway LOVE the post.
Kind Regards,

Thanks for the tutorial, Jenn! As always, your creations make me instantly happy!
I saw the tags you sent Kathy! Soooo sweet! β™₯

Oh yes, and your little girl is so adorable! It must be so much fun having a girl! β™₯

All so cute! now pink elephants…what a darling theme. I love that colored tape too. Always lovely to visit you and I see Miss Vivi is taking after her glam girl mommy! Love that!

Awww.Thanks Jaime! I appreciate you stopping by and Im glad I’ve helped inspire you. Happy creating! XO,Jenn

Thanks Amanda for stopping by! I love your uniqueness for doing things. Eating dessert first sounds FAB to me…and looking at the pics is always going to be an “eyecatcher” first. Thanks for your kind words, and visit. πŸ™‚ Smiles,Jenn

Thanks Holly! So sweet of you to say such nice things. πŸ™‚ XO,Jenn

OH MY…You daughter is SO CUTE. She is getting so big. Love all of your detailed photos and I need to buy some of that tape from Andrea. Take care,

Jenn- so glad to see your new goodies! my computer died so i’ve missed you, but i’m BACK!! Miss Vivi… too cute! wish my little doll got more of a “glitz gene”… πŸ™‚

oh my gosh Vivi is just so gorgeous! look at her all grown up!
Love the collage Jenn, it’s super cute!

I was so inspired by your tutorial, I had to give it a try. I blogged about it and posted a link to your tutorial along with your profile picture. I hope that was okay. It was so much fun and I took them to church and gave them to my friends on Sunday. They seemed very pleased. Thank you!

What a clever and adorable project! My daughters LOVE Fancy Nancy as well! I can’t wait to see you Friday!!
Sandy xox

Thanks Sandy!!! πŸ™‚ Cant wait to see you too!!! So excited! XOXO,Jenn

Hi Jenn,
Just received my copy of Romantic Country. Your feature is beautiful. Your home is stunning. I was drooling over everything, especially your kitchen and bedroom.
I left kudos for you on my blog. Congratulations.

Awww…thanks Cathy!!! Believe it or not I haven’t seen the article yet. hee! hee! I need to get my copy! LOL! So sweet of you to give me kudos on your blog. I’ll be sure to stop by and pay ya a visit. πŸ˜‰ Hugs,Jenn

OMGoodness!! I love the collages. I know what I am making for my friend’s daughter’s next b-day. Maybe I’ll make it before then because her 3rd b-day isn’t till next Sept. I don’t think I can wait that long.
β™₯ Rebecca

Can they be any more adorable!! You are the best when it comes to sweet frou frou!!

Oh my gosh – these are so cute! As usual, your sweetness comes out in your creations!

After a few tries I now am able to post comments on your blog πŸ™‚ For some reason the box to enter the code was not showing up until you refresh the page a second time. Silly computers.
Your tutorial is wonderful! And thanks for including links to where we can pick up some of the fun embellishments you used. It was so kind of you to mention my shop and I simply LOVE what you did with my Marie image. STUNNING!
P.S what a little cutie your little one is!
Thanks for sharing!

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