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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.
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
Approximate Time: 10-30 minutes
By Jacklyn from Chula Vista, CA
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