I started collecting picture frames in college. None of them match (but I have already told you about my eclectic tastes in decorating). Since college I have moved about 6 times. Needless to say, many of my frames have seen better days. This particular frame had several chips across the front detracting from the overall appearance (I forgot to take a before picture). Rather than trash the frame, I decided to give it new life. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I picked a heart theme. Not exactly a genius concept, but I like it! Husband isn’t thrilled to be featured in a pink frame, but he can deal 😛 Sorry about Husband’s tongue in the picture…I have very few pictures of him without a goofy face.
On another note, I edited my instructions for the Easy Refurbished Dog Collar to include interfacing inside the collar. This will make the collar stronger and last longer!
Now, back to the picture frame…
- Picture frame
- Different colors of acrylic paint (I chose white and three shades of pink)
- Stencil with different size hearts
- Sponge brushes
- Mod Podge
- Wipe down your picture frame to remove any dirt or dust. Paint your base color on the frame. You may need to use several layers to achieve full coverage. Wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the next layer.
- Pick several different sizes of heart stencils to add variation to the frame. Start with the largest size and position it on the frame. It is ok if the heart runs off the edge a bit as long as you position it so that it still looks like a heart. Use the sponge brush to lightly apply a layer of a contrasting paint color through the stencil and onto the frame. Repeat this process with different colors on different sections of the frame. Be creative about their placements! If some of the edges of the hearts don’t come out clean you can touch them up later or paint another heart over the rough spot.
- Wait for the paint to dry and repeat step 2 with a slightly smaller size heart. You can begin overlapping some hearts using different colors of paint.
- Repeat this process for any other size hearts you wish to use. I used two smaller heart stencils.
- Wait for the paint to dry and use the base color to touch-up any misshapen hearts or stray spots of paint.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal your frame.
- Once the frame is completely dry, you can add the picture of your Valentine! Voila! Super easy and really customizable.
How do you draw a circle using only straight lines? Tangent lines! Ok, so math dork humor aside, string art looks pretty cool, is easy to create, and is a very forgiving medium.
- A wood base (you can use scrap wood or purchase a wood plaque at your local craft store)
- Paint (optional)
- 1 inch nails (you will need quite a few of these depending on the size of your project)
- Embroidery floss in various colors
- Hanging kit
- If you want to paint the wood base, start with this step. If not, move onto the next. Natural wood can be just as beautiful as painted wood, so this is your judgment call. If you choose to paint the wood, allow it to dry fully before moving on to the next step.
- Decide what sort of pattern you want to create. Basic string art begins with circles or straight lines. You can run an internet search for string art to see all of the different options out there. I will show how to create the string art shown at the top of this page, which is made up entirely of straight lines. This picture shows a circle base.
- Draw your desired pattern on the wood. You may choose to trace a bowl or plate for the circle or use a ruler for the straight lines.
- Hammer nails into the wood along the lines. I positioned the nails about 1/2 inch apart (my project is roughly 16 x 12 inches). You may choose to space them farther apart for a larger project or closer together for a smaller project. Do not hammer the nails all the way into the wood. You need to leave enough nail sticking out to tie string around.
- Tie the embroidery floss on your starter nail with a square knot and start weaving the string around the nails. When you are finished with one string, tie it to a nail, but do not cut the string. The fantastic thing about string art is that you can take off the string at any point and start over if you do not like the direction you are headed.
- Continue adding different colors of thread until you are pleased with the results. Trim the excess thread.
- Install the hanging kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions and proudly display your art!(Note: the last string art was completed by a friend of mine)