Today I bring you a guest post from the uber crafty Lisa Hazell.
Let’s get started by gathering some supplies…
- Unfinished Wooden Frame (my frame was $1.00)
- Acrylic Paints (to match your ephemera)
- Assorted Paper Ephemera (I prefer vintage)
- Decoupage Medium (your favorite brand is fine)
- Foam Brush (a regular brush may work)
- Craft Knife (I like my X-acto knife)
- Varnish (I really like the “Satin” finish)
- Find a color of acrylic paint that matches your ephemera. I had to mix a few colors together to get just right shade of teal blue.
- Paint the front of the frame. Don’t worry about the sides just yet.
- Let it dry completely.
- Gather a bunch of ephemera in your color choice, such as tickets, tags, stamps, labels, play money, coupons, etc. You can theme the photo frame based on events you want to remember – like every concert you’ve gone to with a best friend!
- Decoupage these pieces, one by one, onto the front of your frame, but don’t fold the excess over the sides.
- Keep adding your ephemera until the entire frame front is covered.
- Let dry.
- Using your craft knife, very carefully trim the excess paper off the edges of the frame.
- Using the same color acrylic paint you used earlier, paint the outside and inside edges of the frame.
- Two to three coats will completely cover the wood grain, but if you’d like that to show through, only use one coat.
- Let the paint dry completely before starting the next step.
- Add at least two coats of varnish to the front and sides of the frame.
- If bubbles form, just blog on them and they should pop.
- Be sure to let the varnish dry completely.
- If your frame didn’t come with a way to hang it, just add a nice ribbon to hang it by.
- Add your picture, image, or other focal piece to the finished frame.
ET VIOLA! TA-DA! BRAVA! HANG THIS VINTAGE-INSPIRED MASTERPIECE IN THE LIVING ROOM!
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