Approximate Time: forty-five minutes
Use your slotted quilling tool or needle to create shapes.
For the Flower:
Create six yellow teardrop shapes. Refer to the picture and glue these together to form a flower. Create a green/gray tight coil and glue to the middle of the flower.
From two 6 inch green quilling strips create two "V" coil shapes. Glue the bottom together up to 1/2 inch to form a stem. Glue these into flower referring to picture for placement.
From two 6 inch green quilling strips create two leaf shapes and glue to the "V" shapes.
For the Pumpkin:
From the 6 inch orange quilling strip create a loose coil. Set aside. From a 3 inch green quilling strip create a rectangular shape to represent the pumpkin stem. Glue to the pumpkin.
From a 6 inch green quilling strip, create a "V" shape and glue the bottom together up to 1/2 inch. Glue to pumpkin next to stem. Refer to picture for placement.
From a 3 inch green quilling strip, create a scroll shape and glue to the bottom of the "V" shape. (Again, refer to picture for placement if needed.)
For the Grass:
From a 2 inch green quilling strip and a separate 1 inch green quilling strip, create irregular fan folds. Slightly open to represent grass.
Glue all created pieces to the mat. Refer to the picture for placement. This mat holds a 3x5 inch photograph.
By Marianne from Monroe, IA
By Sharon from Lakeland, FL
Approximate Time: 1 Hour
Remember! Even cool glue is 270 degrees F and can burn your finger.
Wind the lace around the ring, hot gluing in the back every 3rd or 4th wind. Secure the end in the back.
I didn't have any gathered lace so I did my own. If you have pre-gathered, use it. It's much easier and lays down flatter.
Whichever lace you use, glue it to the back so just the ruffles show. Glue from top back to top again and trim any excess.
Note: If you do your own, make sure the gathered length is the same as the ring, or you might find you are 1/2 inch short when you get back to the beginning.
Make a nice single or double bow and hot glue that and the button or flower to cover the metal ring.
Cut a circle the same size of the felt, photo, and plastic, making sure they are big enough to go across the ring without showing in the front. Glue the clear plastic all around to the back of the frame, then your photo to the plastic and the felt with a glue ring around the whole thing to the photo.
This will make sure your photo is completely sealed.
Variations On A Theme If you prefer a country look, use ripped fabric, a button, and raffia for the blow. You can also use ribbon to wrap it for a fancier, more elegant look.
By Sandi (Poor But Proud) from Yorktown, VA
Revamp old photo frames for new uses. Even baby shower gifts! I revamped a garage sale find. I used what was suppose to be an old wedding bells procelain picture frame into a baby shower frame. I embellished it with flatback buttons in the baby theme. Then used glitter glue to embellish and make is sparkle. Just used a few items that I had around the house and now I have some really cute picture frames for gifts.
By Melissa C.
Approximate Time: 1.5 Hours
I tried to get 2 frames that were almost identical. This turned out to be harder than I thought, since I went to thrift shops to get them. I came pretty close.
I wanted the wood to look distressed, so I only put on one coat, knowing it would look "weathered."
After each frame is painted and dried, I covered the glass with some Americana ribbon I had.
I suggest you use paper or a fabric that is all one piece. My ribbon was 4 inch wide, but it had to be "chopped" around the smaller frame, and in the future I will use a solid piece.
I used the white glue and the foam paint sponges for the fabric, making sure it dried good and didn't have any wrinkles. Take the glass out to do this, it helps a lot.
While the paint and fabric/glue are drying, I put the photo into the smaller frame. When the larger glass is dried, place the smaller frame in the center and use the acrylic glue to put it on.
Use a book to hold all the things together to let them dry, and decorate with smaller fabric images, buttons, or embellishments of your choice.
It was about 3 hours after I finished that I realized I had matched my grandson's shirt perfectly!
By Sandi from Coos Bay, OR
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Now draw a line on the paper around the inside of the frame (where you would put the picture), keeping it about an inch away from the inside of the frame - again, you will need enough to wrap around to the back of the frame.
Cut on the lines you made and you will have a paper frame a little larger than your original one. Place glue over the front, sides and around to the back of your original frame. Carefully, set the paper over the glue and press it smoothly over the frame surface, around the sides and onto the back.
If desired, you can glue ribbon and a bow or other decorative items to the frame.
Note: If you have a frame larger than the paper, you can tear two sheets of paper into strips and glue these to the frame in layers.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
I am looking for decorations (skis, spurs, barb wire...etc ) for some old barn wood photo frames I bought. Does anyone know where I could purchase decorations for photo frames?
I recently saw some "fake" barbed wire at Hancock Fabrics. It was with the ribbon. You may have to ask. It was soft and bendable--no stuck fingers ;-))