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Decoupaged Frame DIY

Today I bring you a guest post from the uber crafty Lisa Hazell. 
Lisa: I’m so excited to be sharing a fun and simple tutorial with you here at The Walkup Blog today!!  I love all things crafty, especially projects that incorporate vintage paper ephemera!!  My Etsy Shoppe specializes in vintage craft supplies, including a nice assortment of ephemera such as tickets, coupons, tags, labels, and other paper pieces.  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a super fun and easy decoupage project that incorporates these types of vintage items!!
Let’s get started by gathering some supplies…

Supplies Needed:

  • 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.
9.Finished.H
ET VIOLA! TA-DA! BRAVA! HANG THIS VINTAGE-INSPIRED MASTERPIECE IN THE LIVING ROOM! 
Since I know everyone doesn’t have a huge collection of vintage ephemera (tickets, bingo boards, bottle caps, just lying around, here’s a coupon code so you can get 10% your entire order (before S&H) at Lisa’s Craft Shoppe
COUPON CODE: WALKUP10PER
Just click the shoppe button below, add your items to your cart.  When you’re ready to check out, go to your cart, click on “Add shop coupon code” and add the above coupon code to receive your 10% discount!!
Thanks so much, Keren, for having me over today!!  I’ve had such a wonderful time and hope to be back soon!!

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Record Time

Step 1: Find a friend! I found Kimberley, she’s my go-to crafting buddy. If you have a friend named Kimberley, use her too. Go to your local thrift shop and find cake molds, bowls, or anything circular that is oven safe over 300 Degrees Fahrenheit. Our bowls were only $1.99. This object will be used to mold your record bowl.

Step 2: Continue shopping at your local Goodwill, or thrift shop to find inexpensive records. Ours were $0.99 each, however many places sell classical albums for $0.25 a pop. Be warned! Sometimes the most AWESOME covers actually have the least attractive records inside. Don’t judge a book (or record) by it’s cover. The inside is what counts (in life, and in record shopping), so open the package and the sleeve and see what the record inside has to offer. This is what will be on display in the end product.

Step 3: Preheat your oven to 250-300 Degrees Fahrenheit. Wipe down your record so it does not have extraneous dust – this will melt into the bowl. Make sure the record is dry. Place your record centered on an oven proof bowl. Place in the oven for no more than five minutes (it starts to let off toxic gas if left in too long) at a time. Open a window and ventilate. At five minutes (but sometimes sooner, use oven light to check if corners are dropping, melting, and bending) take out of the oven using oven mitts! Safety first! Remain calm! Don’t fret!

Step 4: As soon as you take the record out of the oven (it will be hot) work quickly (less than 20-30 seconds) to shape the object. You can use the bowl as a mold, and press the record inside. You can also roll the record as you would when making a megaphone out of paper (lower left hand corner). If you are sculpturally inspired, you can even freehand mold the record into different shapes, or stamp the melted vinyl with pattern. If an object is not folding or forming to your liking, place it in the oven to soften it again for another minute or so. The vinyl cools and dries EXTREMELY quickly – usually in under a minute.

Step 5: Place and show off your object. Here I am planning on using the bowl to hold candy near my bar! Kimberley is using her rolled record (in the previous image) as a sconce or a plant holder mounted to the wall. These bowls can be used as planters because of the hole in the middle makes automatic drainage! Since the item is so inexpensive to make, and takes such a short amount of time to form (some would say RECORD TIME, har har), I would recommend making a ton of them and giving them away to people you love as “just because” presents! What a unique and retro way to decorate.

P.S. All photographs by me.