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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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Making Halloween photo frames is easy and takes no time at all. We picked up a couple of multi-photo frames at a discount store that were very inexpensive and just what we needed for our project.

 Black frames are best as they act as your base color. If you want to reverse the crackle colors, buy a plain wood frame and paint it orange first. We chose two different styles, a crackle frame and a solid black frame with orange matte.

Halloween Picture Frames


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For the Simple Photo Frame we used a High Gloss black spray paint to paint the frame. One even coat was all we needed to use but it will depend on the originating color of the frame.

You could also go with orange on this one or alternate colors using orange on the top and bottom and black on the sides. Be sure to use masking tape to cover the sides not to be painted to keep them from being accidentally sprayed with paint.

We decided to use traditional, Halloween orange, the predominant color during this season, as the color to be sprayed on our matte. Even coats of glossy orange enamel spray paint look great and didn't warp the paper. A couple coats were needed to cover thoroughly.

Another idea would be to add some art work to the matte itself. Try your hand at painting a vine and leaves connecting pumpkins together for a pumpkin patch effect. Or go with pre-made stamps and add ghosts, bats, spider webs, etc.

Halloween Frames


For our Crackle frame we chose a black frame to save us a step, but you can do this with a natural wood frame as well. Just paint it black first.

We painted on the crackle paint (available at most art supply or craft stores) as directed on the bottle. The time varies for the crackle to become semi-dry and tacky depending on humidity levels. Ours took about 5 minutes before it was tacky dry. We then added the contrasting orange acrylic paint. We did one side of the frame at a time so that the crackle substance  wouldn't  dry too fast.

Halloween Frames


Halloween FramesSet the frame to the side to dry and move on to the next step, painting the matte that goes over the photos.

Spray paint the matte board with a flat black spray paint. Glossy will work equally as well but we liked the flat look. Two good coats were needed. Make each coat light so the matte won't curl up.


Halloween FramesThe orange paint will dry dull due to the crackle substance so you'll want to seal it when it's dry. Use a glossy polyurethane spray to seal the frame. Three coats will give it a good shine and some durability. Once everything has thoroughly dried, put the pieces back together and add your favorite photographs. While all of this is drying, you can pick your favorite Halloween photos to put in your frame.


We found this great keepsake box that had a photo frame on the top and decided to try it as well.

 We gave it three coats of flat black acrylic paint using a paint sponge. After it was completely dry, we did one side at a time with the crackle substance, waiting about 5 minutes before we added our contrasting coat of orange. When it was completely dry on the outside, it was time for the inside.

Tacky Glue orange felt on the sides and black on the bottom, also putting felt on the outside bottom of the box so it won't scratch surfaces. Now it's ready for the keepsakes from Halloweens' past!

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