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.
This fun project allows you to “paint” a meaningful word on your wall without …um… paint! The materials are also recycled!
- Cardboard (I used cereal boxes, but you can use a thicker cardboard if you prefer)
- Glue (I used tacky glue, but any sort of paper glue should work)
- Mod Podge (or your sealer of choice)
- Hangers and nails (I made hangers out of pieces of index cards with holes punched in them)
- The first thing you need to do is choose a word! You can pick an inspirational word, name, monogram, letter, or even a whole phrase if you’re feeling ambitious! Now you need to decide what you want your word to look like. Try typing your selection into a word processor and testing different fonts to see if one strikes your fancy. Be sure to choose a font with wide enough letters to be able to glue color to them.
- Once you have chosen your font, it is time to draw your lettering on the cardboard. If you chose a cursive font like I did, don’t worry about fitting the entire word on one piece of cardboard. You can glue the pieces together before moving on to the next step. Feel free to print your letters and glue them to the cardboard if you do not want to draw them. Now you need to cut the letters out. A box cutter or utility knife can be helpful (but not necessary) at this point.
- Time to gather your color! Flip through old magazines and cut out any clips of color you may like. Glue the clippings onto the cardboard letters in a pattern you find appealing. It is ok if some of the clippings overlap the cardboard. You can trim these or fold them around the back.
- When you have thoroughly covered the cardboard, allow the glue to dry. Coat the entire front of the word with a layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry before moving on to the next step.
- Now its time to affix the hangers. I cut out strips index cards about 2″ x 1″ and punched a hole in the top half of it. I then glued the strips to the back of my letters with the hole at the top. When the project is complete, you can hammer nails through these holes to hang it! Coat the entire back (including the hangers) with Mod Podge and allow to dry.
- Repeat layers of Mod Podge on each side until satisfied. I have 3 layers on each side.
- Hang your word and enjoy!