Country Boy Song & Thrift Frame Makeover for Dad

I’ll never forget the Christmas I received a John Denver album as a gift.  I loved all the songs on it, but my favorite was the Thank God I’m a Country Boy song.

I’d crank the record player’s volume up, and belt that song out at the top of my lungs, replacing “boy” with “girl”.

I was a country girl back then, and I’m a country girl now, and I still love John Denver. 🙂

With Father’s Day coming up, I realized for the first time in my life I won’t have to try to figure out what to buy my dad, because like many dads, he was hard to buy for.

Instead, I decided to make something inspired by John Denver’s country boy song, and dedicated to my dad, because he was a true country boy.

Follow along, as I show you how I made it, and feel free  to sing at the top of your lungs with me! 🙂

How to make a farmhouse style photo frame with a thrift store frame and ticking fabric |

DIY Frame Makeover, Inspired by John Denver’s Country Boy Song

Supplies Needed to Make Farmhouse Photo Frame (includes affiliate links for your convenience).

~ Rustic Frame (any inexpensive frame will do, but I used one that was very rustic.)

~ Blue Stripe Ticking Fabric (I bought enough to use on another project I’ll be sharing with you later.)

~Mini Clothespins (most stores carry these.)

~ white paint

~ paint brush

~ glue gun & glue sticks

Here’s how my frame started out.

rustic wood photo frame

Dry brush white paint over the frame.

rustic frame painted - Knick of Time

Use a very light of a coat so the rustic texture shows through.

rustic wood photo frame close up

Glue the ticking fabric on cardboard to fit inside the frame, and trim the edges.

ticking fabric for frame - Knick of Time

Glue 2 mini clothespins on with hot glue.

Tip – decide what size photo you will hang first, so you know how where to glue the clothespins.

How to make a farmhouse style photo frame with a thrift store frame, ticking fabric, & mini clothespins|

Hang your photo and it’s done!

You could also attach 2 sets of clothespins, and put a family recipe on one set, and a photo of the person who the recipe came from on the other set.

It would make a special gift for a mom, grandmother or even a wedding!

farmhouse photo frame in rustic she shed guest room|

This is my favorite photo of my dad.  He so rarely smiled in photos as an adult, so this picture of him smiling as a child is so endearing to me.

I hope seeing it on this frame would make him smile today!

DIY farmhouse style photo frame, inspired by John Denver's Thank God I'm a Country Boy song ... and my dad -

Vaya con Dios,


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  1. Sandy McElroy says

    Love, love, love it.

  2. Carol Roy says

    So, so dear! What a perfect gift for your Dad.

  3. Sweet face, love it!!

  4. SusanIrene says

    What a great idea and a lovely memory of your father. I can think of all sorts of ways I could use this…shopping list in my kitchen, pictures, messages. etc. Thank you Angie for your generosity in sharing your ideas and thoughts.

  5. Renee Harris says

    Thank you. Great idea. Hope this brings nothing but sweet memories for you.

  6. Very clever suggestions to hang a recipe and a picture of the source for the recipe…very sweet. Nice picture of your father, too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a sweet tribute to your Dad, Angie. A great idea to remember him with.

  8. Precious, your dad was such an adorable little lad. The pillow ticking and rustic frame are perfect with his little overalls.

  9. Awe, what a great tribute to your Father, Angie! I remember that feeling on the first Fathers Day without him. You are in my thoughts?

  10. Nancy LeB says

    I lost my dad last Sunday – what a nice idea to do for my brother 🙂 thanks

  11. I LOVE the tones, patinas and the fabric idea for this photo frame, Angie! It’s gorgeous and so timeless! And those clothespins… swoon! Featured you this weekend on DIY Savaged Junk 334!

  12. I love how this looks Angie. And it was so nice that you were able to make a project to celebrate your dad this Father’s Day, even though you were not able to spend the holiday with him. Father’s Day always makes me a little sad because mine passed away when I was 13. You’ve inspired me to tuck away this idea for next year so I can remember the happy times.

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