Create your own unique picture frames as gifts, or for treasured photographs.

You will need:
- Plain, painted picture frame
- Dremel Stylus 1100-15
- Carving tool 191 (included accessory)
- Carving tool 7104 (smaller tip for intricate carving)
- Clamp
- Gold craft paint and small stencil brush
- Clean cloth
- Freehand design and carbon paper (or stencil)

Here's how:

1. Outline the shape of your picture frame onto a piece of clean, white paper. Draw your freehand design within the frame area, or position your stencil within the border and outline the shape with a pencil. Put a piece of carbon paper between the paper and frame and transfer the design onto the frame.

2. Clamp the frame to a flat, steady surface and start to carve out the design. Start by outlining the design to be carved out, removing the larger area once you have completely outlined the entire design.

TIP: Don't press too hard to start with. For the first pass apply a light stroking motion – the second stroke can be heavier for deeper carving. If you are unsure before you start, practice on a small area at the back of the frame.

3. As you move around the frame – move the frame to a more comfortable position, and clamp securely.

4. Once all carving is complete, use a small stiff, stencil brush and apply gold craft paint to the carved area, wiping the top of the frame clean before the paint dries.

Written and designed by Janice Anderssen. For more DIY designs and ideas, visit www.Home-Dzine.co.za.