I have another DIY Project for those awesome thrifted frames! If you missed the Framed Dry Erase Calendar that I did last month click
to see it! We've seen the frames with the strings or twine used to create a similar look but I wanted something far more decorative for the empty wall I had in my craft room. Here's how I made it!
This is another one of the huge frames that I picked up from a thrift store. I go to those thrift store associated with rescue missions and they always have tons of huge prints that are usually not that cute. The frames are usually painted weird metal colors but have awesome details. I usually find these huge frames for around $5! Which is awesome. It takes some work to get the print and glass out but I think its worth it. To see how I gut these frames click
If you don't want to do all this you could just check your local craft store framing section and get an unfinished frame. They can me pretty inexpensive as well.
I had already used this frame in another project for my old apartment so I had to prime it to cover up the red and then I just applied several thin coats of spray paint and let the frame dry completely between each coat.
While the frame was drying between coats, I worked on the clothes pins. I think this and the lace is what makes this project adorable. I wanted the pins to be super glittery. Because I was using a champagne glitter I went ahead and spray painted the sides of the pin with a champagne spray paint. I ordered tons of glitter and spray paint online from Joann's and Michael's back in October when we were DIYing the wedding.
After the spray paint dried, I took the pins back in and coated one side of them in tacky glue. I was going to use mode lodge for this step because that it what I usually use but decided to give a tackier glue a go.
After coating it I placed them in a glitter tray just dumped a bunch of glitter on top of them. (If you don't have a funnel try like this just use a sheet of paper so you can shake the glitter back into the container.) I DID NOT SHAKE OFF THE EXCESS UNTIL I WAS SURE THAT THE GLUE HAD HAD TIME TO DRY COMPLETELY. I love glittering things. More on that
. This is the best technique I have ever found. Using the tacky glue and not shaking off the excess until the glue is dry. I only had to use one coat.
Even though the tacky glue worked super well, I still went ahead and sealed it all in with a coat of Mod Podge. This will keep the glitter from being rubbed off over time and will keep it off of your fingers every time you go to clip something to the board.
By the time I was done with the pins the frame was good and dry. I brought it in and flipped it over so I could stretch out the lace trim across the back. I went ahead and pre-cut all the strips so that I knew how many strands I would have. I ended up using around 4 yards of trim for mine. After I had them laid out so I knew my spacing I began to hot glue them down. I glues all the trim down on one side and after the glue cooled I went to the other side and did the same.
PRO TIP!: Canned air! It scares the crap out of me for some reason...maybe because the can gets so cold...it just freaks me out...am I the only one? Anyways this stuff rocks when hot gluing things! If you flip the can upside down and spray the glue with it, the air that comes out is so cold it like flash freezes the glue. Be super careful when doing it because the air and fluid that comes out is so cold it could burn you. But if you are brave enough to try it does cut down on time.
Once all the pieces of trim were glues down I put some screws in the wall to hang it up!
It's so pretty!! I am currently using it for photos but my ultimate plan is to use it as a vision/inspiration board for future projects and products!
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