Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DIY Dollar Frames

I'll bet you're like me and have a few unfinished projects laying around. You know you buy something because it was a good deal. Or inspiration strikes you right there in the store you have to get it! Then months or years later you find that dollar frame...mmmmm maybe I should finally do something with this.
Zig Zag Pattern
So the frame in the photo below isn't a dollar frame but it was my inspiration.
I knew it was time to get those dollar frames out and create something with them.
Chevron Fame
As you can see I am still loving the zigzag trend.
Chevron Frame
I apologize for previously referring to a zigzag pattern as chevron pattern. But you know you learn something new everyday!
Chevron Frame
In the photo below are the dollar frames from Michael's. At a dollar each you don't need to waste your 40% off coupon on them. They are about a half an inch thick and have no glass. Hey they are only a $1
To get started I painted the frames ivory with acrylic paint. Always make sure to let the paint dry between layers. Next I watered down some dark brown paint and brushed it over the ivory. I let it sit for about 30 seconds then I wiped the brown off with a damp paper towel. Let everything dry. I then stenciled the zigzag pattern on in black. I also painted the outer and inner edges of the frame in black
Then with my Silhouette Cameo I cut four paper frames to fit around the inner part of the frame. I did the same thing for the heart frame.
I layered and glued the four frames together for each frame. Then I painted them a golden yellow and did the watered brown paint thing again.
For a sealer I used matte Mod Podge.I used it on the paper frames and the wood frames.Even though it is a matte sealer it still has a bit of a finish to it.
 Then came the tough decisions, what pictures to put in the frame?
I printed a few sepia tinted pictures but they looked bland in the frames.
What I really wanted to put in the frames are some sunflowers pictures I took last summer but I want to save those for my late summer fall decor.

Like everyone else I am eager for spring.
You know that feeling of wanting to see some bright blooms.
So there my choice was made, I printed out these pictures of some of my zinnias from last summer. I love the contrast of the mod yet rustic frames and the bright flowers!
I am pretty happy with my dollar frames from Michael's. Make sure check back this summer to see how my sunflower pictures look in the zigzag frames
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  1. I love these, how clever and so cute. http://twelveoaksmanor.com/2014/02/17/painted-settee/#comment-21766

  2. I wouldn't worry about the whole chevron vs zigzag thing. Even fabric manufacturer's and designers refer to this as chevron. Whatever you call it, these turned out great! I love the black and they way you framed out the middles. The pink zinnia's are perfect too! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

  3. Hi--I'm visiting via Ivy and Elephant's party :) So glad a I found you--love the frame project. Your tutorial was great and so easy to follow. Have a great week-end, Diana