Hi guys! I’m so excited about this craft, because I thought it was super neat and unique! Not to mention it was simple and cheap too.
What you need:
- Glue (glue gun and/or super glue)
- Knick Knacks- most commonly referred to as “junk around the house”
- Spray Paint
- Acrylic Sealer (optional but recommended)
1. Hobby Lobby has a section in their store that has what I like to call “reject frames,” and I wanted to give one a new home/it was cheap. In selecting a frame, you can get whatever size you want, you can even get a mirror with a frame instead. The original place I saw the idea from used a tall mirror.
2. Next is the fun part! Find a bunch of knick knacks from around your house. Anything will work, as long as it’s not too big or heavy. Use your imagination on this. I picked up a few bolts from Home Depot for less than a dollar, and party favor items from the Dollar Store. Caution: steer clear of erasers- the paint won’t dry well with them.
Here is a close up of some of the items. Some of you might recognize my “grow-a-boyfriend” in the bottom left corner. Just can’t let him go 😉
3. Glue! Arrange all your items on your frame before you glue them to make sure they fit (physically) well together. Depending on the frame material and the items, it might be helpful to have two types of glue on hand. Hobby Lobby has a great cheat sheet in the glue aisle to cover all your needs. I used super glue mostly…for some reason I didn’t think of the obvious glue gun option. Hopefully you remember.
4. Take out the glass of your frame and set it aside. Lay newspaper outside, and tuck some newspaper sheets in between the frame boarder and the cardboard backing. That way you don’t get spray paint all over where you’ll insert your picture. Spray away! I used white, but another color would look cool too!
4. Let it dry for a while, then do another coat of spray paint. Once it dries for a few minutes, spray clear acrylic coating on top (OUTSIDE) and let air dry outside for about a day. Seriously, a whole day. Be sure to take the newspaper in the center out after spraying the acrylic coating so the paper doesn’t dry to the frame.
5. All done! Enjoy the frame other frames will be jealous of!
I got the idea from here.