You can save money and personalize picture frames by making your own. This guide is about homemade picture frames.
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Collect pieces of bark from a fallen tree and, using either hot glue or a thick craft glue, line the entire frame with it. Try either breaking it into smaller pieces or using larger ones to create two different looks. Then, add some other findings to a corner of the frame, making a corsage-like appearance. Add acorns and walnut shells, a small thick twig, or some pinecones to the collection.
Whether you're walking on the beach or rolling your pants up to walk in the stream, collect some small, smooth pebbles or small seashells. Then, create an entire frame of the stones and shells or decorate a plain frame with only a few of them. If you coat the frame in glue and then press it into some play sand, you'll have a nice beach scene on your frame.
After the spring storms have broken branches and scattered them around your yard, collect them while keeping an eye open for the perfect twigs to make a new picture frame. Break the twigs into the perfect length for your frame and glue them, side by side, over the entire frame. Either make the twigs follow the path of the frame or break them into tinier pieces and place them horizontally across the frame in an atomic clock style.
If rope isn't your choice and ribbons give a more glamorous look that you love, try the same approach with scraps of satin ribbon.
Transform an inexpensive picture frame into a beautiful handmade frame for a personal gift that is sure to please everyone.
Approximate Time: 1 hour plus drying time.
Take the frame apart and set the glass where it won't get broken. Cut out small sections of the wrapping paper trying to capture each individual flower. Place all in a pile.
Put some white glue on a newspaper, paper plate, or palette. With the foam brush dip into it and lightly cover the back of one of the cut out roses. I started with larger ones and filled the spaces with smaller ones. Begin to fill the front of the frame with the roses. Miter the edges of the frame so that it looks like one continuous piece. Add roses as described above until the whole front is covered.
Move to the inside and the outside of the frame next. Lastly cover the back of the frame. If you have an area that needs a strip cut a small strip to put there and glue into place. Be sure you do not have any air bubbles under the roses. After the whole frame is covered allow to dry overnight.
Be sure to wash your foam brush completely so you can use it with the varnish. Check the frame and see if any areas need extra glue. Add it now if they do. Check the varnish to see if it needs to be shaken or stirred. If so you will need to do this. Gently add the varnish to the front of the frame with small amounts on the foam brush. Cover the entire front and sides and allow to dry.
After it has dried cover the back and allow to dry.
Add your favorite picture, artwork, hand work, or leave for the new owner to add their picture. Put the glass back into the frame and viola you have a very inexpensive handmade frame for a wonderful gift.
By Glenda from VA
Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy receiving these fun photo frames crafted from inexpensive acrylic frames and dimensional t-shirt paints.
Approximate Time: About an hour
Slip the photo into the frame. Be sure your painted design does not cover too much of the photo. Remember, dimensional paints will be thicker than pencil lines.
Position edge of nozzle on frame surface and slowly squeeze the paint, creating your design. Draw flowers, stars, hearts, and squiggles. When finished, set aside to allow paint to dry completely.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
Table wood frame with glass cover, picture size 4 X 6, hand painted and decorated with dry nature from my garden.
Groovy frames for your groovy buddies.
Approximate Time: 10-30 minutes
By Jacklyn from Chula Vista, CA
I had a big bare spot between two windows in my family room. I went to Home Depot and purchased a packaged door frame kit which is much cheaper than buying framing at 2 or 3 dollars per foot.
I took the door frame and mitered the wood to make a picture frame. I then nailed and glued the picture frame to the bare wall, painted the wall red and left the picture frame antique white and then hung my wall art inside the new permanent frame.
By Florida Gal from Spring Hill, FL
This is a fun photo frame to display your dog's picture, but keep it out of reach of any canine companion. My dogs have a liking for this frame, and I have caught them on occasion coveting the bones on the front. Still, it is a lot of fun to give as gifts to your fellow dog lovers, plus you can give your dog a treat while you are making it!
By Kelli Mahoney
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