How to make a Faux Porcelain Frame!


Create a floral frame that looks like Porcelain with dollar store flowers and plaster!  This unique and beautiful faux Porcelain frame makes a wonderful gift.  Want to know how to make it?

diy faux porcelain flower frame

If you have been reading my blog for any extended length of time, I’m sure you have figured out that I love anything faux.  I love to take normal everyday objects and make them look special.  And I like doing it without much money involved.

Today, I’m going to show you my version of a Faux Porcelain Frame.  Since I don’t work with porcelain, and I’m kinda cheap, I am going to use plaster.

For this project I used:

Plaster of Paris
Silk flowers from the Dollar Store
A thrift store frame
Hot glue
Krylon White Gloss Spray Paint

diy faux porcelain flower frame

I chose smaller flowers from the Dollar Store, ones with good definition.  I clipped them into individual stems and small groups, keeping just a few of the leaves.

diy faux porcelain flower frame

diy faux porcelain flower frame

Take a disposable cup and fill it at least half full with powdered plaster.  Add water gradually, stirring until you get a watered down consistency similar to thin yogurt.

diy faux porcelain flower frame

One by one, dip your flowers fully into the plaster.  Carefully shake of any excess plaster so that you don’t lose the definition of the flowers.  I found that it helped to use my fingers to squeeze off extra plaster.  This is pretty messy, so don’t stop to answer the phone or anything.  The plaster will dry and your phone will never be the same.  Not that I’d know anything about that…

Place your flowers on a sheet of wax paper to dry.

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Faith is my craft apprentice wanna-be.  Unfortunately, the lack of opposable thumbs slows her down.  It’s kind of a shame.

diy faux porcelain flower frame

diy faux porcelain flower frame

Anyway, once the flowers have totally dried (a couple of hours), it is time to start gluing them onto your frame.  I found this awesome frame at a thrift store, but any frame will work.

diy faux porcelain flower frame

Arrange the flowers in a pleasing way.  Don’t worry if you didn’t totally cover up the colors with the plaster.  The next step will solve that problem.  Glue them down the way you like with hot glue.

diy faux porcelain flower frame

Using the Krylon White Gloss Paint, I then sprayed down the entire frame and flower combination.  Be sure to attack it from all angles in order to get all the nooks and crannies in the flowers.

diy faux porcelain flower frame

diy faux porcelain flower frame

Once it is dry, add your favorite photo, and there you go.  The white gloss paint gives the entire piece a porcelain look.  If anyone asks, just tell them that you spent hours carving that frame from porcelain that you mined yourself in the wilds of Patagonia.  I’m sure they will be impressed.

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  • Liz Weiss January 23, 2018, 12:56 pm

    I love this idea but when I tried it my flowers all clumped together. Where did I go wrong?

    • Susan Myers January 23, 2018, 3:16 pm

      Hi Liz,

      Did squeeze off excess plaster and allow each of the flowers to dry individually before assembling the frame? That is the only thing I can think of.


  • Deb January 11, 2017, 6:11 pm

    What a lovely idea! I think that frame idea would be perfect for a wedding photo. You could even add some bling in the form of lace or rhinestones etc. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Christine September 22, 2013, 10:02 pm

    I’ve been looking for months at wooden, carved appliques to fancy up some mirrors I have. Everything is over done, or stupidly expensive. I found you and other plaster people 🙂 on Pinterest and you’ve changed my whole thought direction. I’m also off to the dollar store…
    Thank you!

  • Jane September 16, 2013, 10:43 am

    How well does this ‘hold up’?

    • Susan Myers September 17, 2013, 10:22 am

      Hi Jane!

      It holds up fine. The one that I made has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while now and still looks beautiful.


  • Susan September 14, 2013, 4:26 pm

    Thanks again! What a great idea and a wonderful end product! I do appreciate you sharing!

  • Voni September 12, 2013, 2:59 pm

    I especially like how some of the color came thru. Beautiful job.

  • Tracy September 12, 2013, 11:43 am

    Oh! Wow! Just WOW! Beautiful.

  • Pat aka PaisleeGal September 12, 2013, 10:24 am

    This looks like a great fun and not too hard project. Great Gift idea. This just may be some of my Christmas gifts this year and since I already have a huge collection of flowers and thrift store frames, all I have to buy is the paint & plaster (I might even have some of that on hand too)!! YEA!

    Keep up the good work! 🙂 Maybe one day your furry 4 legged assistant will learn how to at least use a broom. :))

    • Susan Myers September 12, 2013, 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Pat! The furry assistant refuses to use a broom. It’s the opposable thumb thing. 🙂


  • lalita September 12, 2013, 9:48 am

    Amazing………………………..Loved the finished work but i loved your dog the most , since i am a dog lover.

  • Joyce Fisher September 12, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Oh my gosh Suzy, you are AMAZING!!! I can’t wait until the next trip to the Dollar Store so I can get a frame & flowers and try this. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial with everyone!
    Peace, Love & Joy,

  • nicolette @ momnivore' dilemma April 5, 2012, 8:42 am

    hi suzy-

    i never would have guessed the materials you used!

    i shared your faux porcelain frame at creative juice thursday and pinterest today. thanks for linking up last week!


  • BeColorful March 30, 2012, 8:34 pm

    So glad you shared this on BeColorful’s Motivated Monday. This is such a unique and intriguing project. Love that you went all white with it.

  • Haley March 30, 2012, 10:34 am

    This is absolutely amazing! You did an amazing job… looks totally real to me. I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Kristin March 29, 2012, 12:05 am

    I love this! I hope you’ll share this at my link party, running now through Saturday night!

  • Maria March 28, 2012, 12:44 pm

    Oh how pretty! I love this idea! Love how the white frame with the flowers came out!

  • Jill March 28, 2012, 8:00 am

    Another fabulous faux project Suzy!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • creativejewishmom/sara March 28, 2012, 3:26 am

    love it! Saw an amazing mirror done with this technique too. Thanks so very much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday and inspiring us all!

  • Carrie @ My Favorite Finds March 27, 2012, 11:28 am

    Now that, my dear, is cool! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!

  • Shirley March 24, 2012, 11:57 pm

    This is so cute. Thanks for the post.

  • billy March 24, 2012, 11:04 am

    Merci, vraiment super joli
    So nice and thks for the tuto

  • jojo March 24, 2012, 6:33 am

    genial j aime trop bisesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Rhissanna March 23, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Very nice. And I hear the Patagonian porcelain mines are lovely this time of year.

  • R. Bradford March 23, 2012, 1:51 pm

    beautiful as always……..I saw a project similar to this years ago on the web and after all of the paint was dry they took pastel chalks and gently give the flowers a touch of color……

  • deepthi March 23, 2012, 10:20 am

    Wow!!! I love this!!! Surely going to try this!!!! I have been wanting to make your previous Plaster of paris leaf too….

  • CREATIVE MIND March 23, 2012, 7:21 am

    Beautiful..very Neat idea my dear 🙂 keep sharing fun ideas,,Love it..

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