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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Home Sweet Home : DIY Picture Frames

I'm a DIYer at  heart. I love to make crafts for the house and for myself. Some of the projects are inspired by magazines, books and now Pinterest is the new thing. If you are looking for new ideas or projects or just curious on how to do things, just go Pinteresting and you'll find 1001+ ideas and more.
Sometimes I'll buy the supplies and they will sit in my closet for a while waiting for me to start doing something with them. I'll confess that a couple years ago I blame laziness, now  I'm short on time. I have a million things to do and there's no enough time to do it.  Lately I've been joggling a full time job, full time mom, home chores, my blog etc. but little by little everything will get done, finished or fixed.

For today's DIY project I decided to do a very easy framing picture technique.
I made a couple for my Paris theme bathroom decoration using cutouts of magazines, catalogs and books. I also used a printed picture of myself.
This just a different way to display pictures around the house and all you will need is a couple hours, about $15-$20 bucks and beautiful pictures to be hang. Below is the list of supplies and instructions. Have fun!

  • Wooden plaques: $ 1.49 each at the local dollar store or Michael's craft store
  • Wood stain: About $ 5.00 at the local hardware store. I used Minwax Dark Walnut #2716
  • Mod Podge $5-$6 and Sponge brush : $0.20 +Michaels Stores 
  • Pictures : Free
  • Picture frames hanging kit : $1.29 for pack the dollar store or you can use the tab of a soda can and attach it with a small nail or screw like this:
Paint the wooden plaques with the wood stain and let it dry completely.
Cut the edges of the pictures with your hands (I know what you're thinking. You're not Edward Scissors  Hands) I mean to rip the edges to have that ragged edge look.
Attach the hanging piece or the soda tab in the back.
Smear some glue or Mod Podge on the back of the picture and place on the dried wooden plaque. Let it sit for a few minutes so it doesn't slide when you brush the glue on top. Cover the picture and edge of frame with the Mod Podge, like you're painting. It will look a bit white but it will dry out clear. That will protect the picture from water stain or get damage by weather and time. You are done. Hang it anywhere you want!

If one of them looks odd it's Edward Scissors Hand's fault

My Paris theme bathroom