Learn to make a personalized word search frame for your home decor or as the perfect gift!
Word searches are one of the most well-known games around and being able to customize them with special phrases or names makes it even better. This incredibly easy project is a fun way to personalize a picture frame word search and makes for a perfect addition to your home decor or to give as a thoughtful gift! I’ve seen others make these picture frame word searches for their homes and couldn’t wait to design one for myself! We love to play games as a family, so these word searches are perfect for us and tie in so well with our scrabble wall art.
Watch the full step-by-step video showing you exactly how to create your own custom word search frame with a VIP pass to Maker Academy Weekend 2022!
Some people circle their answers on a word search and others use a highlighter to cover them. I’ve included both options so you have the freedom to choose whichever you like best.
These word search frames are perfect to give for any special celebrations and your loved one will love the thought that went into creating these. You can also customize the color scheme to match your home decor or if you’re giving it as a gift, you can choose the receiver’s favorite color. The customizing possibilities are endless!
In this tutorial, I show you how to make your own personalized word search with your own family names — or whatever words you want to use! But you can also just make this simple “Family” word search that is pre-designed for you!
Here’s a supply list of what you need to make a picture frame word search! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials to Make a Picture Frame Word Search
- Permanent Vinyl – You can use either Black, Stone Yellow, Aqua Permanent, Red, Kelly Green, White, or Mint
- StandardGrip Transfer Tape
- 12″ x 24″ Cardstock
- 11″ x 14″ Frame – I used Brown, Black, White, Turquoise, and Yellow
- Isopropyl Alcohol and Lint-Free Cloth or Coffee Filter
- Green StandardGrip Mat (12″ x 12″)
- Measuring Tape
- Craft Knife and Self Healing Mat
- Weeding Tool
- Printer (optional to print the planner document)
- Ruler and pencil – if making your background template by hand
- Cricut Pen – to have the Cricut draw the background template, I used a Fine Point Pen, 0.4 mm
- A way to cut your vinyl and cardstock, I used the amazing Cricut Maker 3 but you can also use the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machines.
- Design #429 – My free SVG/PDF/DXF design files are available in my free resource library (get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
How to Make Your Own Picture Frame Word Search
The detailed step-by-step assembly video on how to create a picture frame word search debuted during Maker Academy Weekend 2022, held online November 3-6, 2022. Get an on-demand pass to watch all 20+ workshops, each with a printable handbook, transcript, audio files, design files, and support with a VIP pass below:
Once you’re all done making the word searches, place them in a beautiful frame to display them wherever you’d like! You can go with a simple elegant look like the white frame below, or choose one to match the decor of your home or personality. Whatever you choose, I’m sure it’ll add just the perfect touch to your home!
Here is the personalized word search is in a wooden frame, giving it more of a farmhouse look. This one is a bigger word search so you might want to include more words if you’d like to go with a bigger picture frame word search. Your choice!
Try out this custom word search picture frame project next time you’re looking for a unique and thoughtful gift idea! It’s easy to make and only requires a few supplies that can easily be found at any local craft store. Plus, it’s a great way to show off your photos in a new and interesting way!
Answers to Your Questions About How to Make a Picture Frame Word Search
Q: Where is your tutorial for this project?
This is a special project we made for our free Maker Academy Weekend 2022 event! A complete and detailed step-by-step video premiered during the event November 3-6, 2022 — specifically, this tutorial video was available to watch for free for 24 hours beginning November 4 at 4:00 pm ET! You can get access to the full video, the printable handbook that details how to make this beautiful project if you get a VIP Pass to Maker Academy Weekend 2022, which comes with other perks and bonuses, too!
Q: Can you teach me how to make my own word search puzzle?
Yes, my tutorial walks you through the whole process — I even include a free worksheet to help you plan your word search!
Q: Couldn’t I just print out a custom word search and put it in a frame?
Totally! The only trick here is that your printer likely isn’t large enough for this project. But if you have a large format printer, give it a try. The first step is to create the word search puzzle. You can do this by hand if you want, but you could also use a program like WordSearch Generator. This will make the process much easier and faster. Simply enter in all of the words you want to include in the puzzle, and hit “generate.” Print out the puzzle on your A4 size paper or cardstock.
Q: What fonts did you use for your custom word search frames?
- Word search letters: Be Honest (free for personal use) or use this Be Honest link to purchase the commercial license if you plan to sell the final product.
- Family Name: Cream Candy (free for personal use) or use this Cream Candy link to purchase the commercial license if you plan to sell the final product.
- Berson Dream Script (family) / Free Alternative: Goldie Rainbow
Get my free SVG files to create this custom word search frame!
I hope you make these fun word search frames! They are great gifts for any occasion! And I love seeing what you make with my designs and how you use them! Please share a photo of your picture frame word search in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.