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.
I love these ideas, but some pictures of the frames described in the article would have been very helpful.
This is a great idea, I love it! I really enjoy Home made 'crafty' ideas such as this, and the picture inspires me to try it.
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
This is a great idea, Thank you for sharing! For those that don't feel they are good at trying to free-hand paint on the frame (even with practicing before hand there are some of us that just mess it up no matter how we try not too!).
Slide a piece of scrap paper in the frame, trim the paper to the size of the frame. Remove the scrap paper, center your picture on the scrap paper, trace around the picture on the scrap paper, remove the picture and set it aside, find design's you like and with (maybe from a coloring book or magazine etc.) a pencil. Trace them onto the scrap paper being sure not to trace any on the space that you out-lined for the photo, (after tracing the designs you like, if you go over the lines with a marker it will help you see the lines better once the scrap paper is back in the frame, or even outlining the design's with the same color marker you want them to be painted will help you see if you like the colors and designs you have chosen).
rSlide the scrap paper back into the frame, paint on the frame by following the lines of the design's you traced onto the scrap paper. When the paint is dry, remove the scrap paper and replace it with the photo you have fit to the cardstock and frame and you have a frame to be proud of!
Approximate Time: 10-30 minutes
By Jacklyn from Chula Vista, CA
Thank you for sharing. So simple and quick. I will have to do this with my 8yr old so she can display some of her pics in fun ways.
Wow, you are so clever! That looks great.
Table wood frame with glass cover, picture size 4 X 6, hand painted and decorated with dry nature from my garden.
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