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Making Mini Frames From Drawer Pulls

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When I got drawer handles too long for my dresser, I discovered that back to back they formed a perfect little frame! Here's how to do it with almost no money and about 2 hours time!
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My frames came to fruition when I discovered I had bought them the wrong size. After I E-6000 glued them overnight, I picked out the fabric.
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Then, to give them a country look, I ripped them into strips. You will need about a yard for each. The frames are 3.5" by 2.75" for the smaller ones, and 4.5" by 3" for the two larger.
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With a hot glue gun, I spot glued the end to one of the shorter sides at an angle. This is important as you are going to "wrap in a spiral" fashion.
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Now wrap your strips around, making sure there are no gaps. You can spot glue on the corners if you want but if everything stays taught, you shouldn't need to.
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Spot glue the end on the beginning. You can leave them plain or embellish them any way you want.
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  • making mini frames from drawer pulls, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
You can keep these as singles, or two, three or more. If you want to connect them, simply turn them over and position them where you want, then hot glue them to each other.
I didn't attach any of them to each other but if you want to, just run a small bead of glue down just one side, and not the whole side if you are just attaching part of the other one. Hold them together till they are cool, usually about 1 minute.
When you have your single or your collage' done, turn them right side up and cut your photos to match.
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Because I was not doing anything permanent today, I simply sat some frames on some photos or magnets, close enough to each other to give you an idea of what you can do. As you can see, each frame does not have to completely match up with the others. As long as they touch in some area, you are golden.
With Tacky Glue, glue some plastic on the back, just on the corners. Then your photo. I would recommend making the plastic just a bit smaller, then your photo the same size, and a piece of cardboard or plastic just a bit larger on the back, "sealing" every thing inside with glue all the way around. This will take a bit longer than hot glue but is soooooo much safer. If you get something crooked or the photo backwards, once that hot glue is on it's on!!
I hope you enjoyed this craft. It cost me .50 for each handle, so I invested about 10.00 plus a bit of fabric and glue I already had.
N-JOY!!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Drawer Handles   (Heartwood Resale, Roseburg, OR)
  • Fabric, hot glue gun, scissors and embellishments   (Had at home)

Got a question about this project?

  • Carolyn Noyer

    I'd of been upset the handle didn't fit and thrown them in a drawer and forgot about them. What a fantastic job.

    • Sandra Allen
      Sandra Allen Sutherlin, OR

      Thanks. I think the irony is that day I didn't have my phone and had noted the length between the holes. If I had, I never would have thought about this so it's funny how things work out.

  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen Sutherlin, OR

    I knew I could find it! I had made it into a magnet and it was hiding on my fridge. Here is one made with wrapped lace and gathered lace on the back. Because it's a drapery ring, it has the little hanger on top. The ribbon and button just give it a

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G. Jamaica, NY

    Love them!

  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen Sutherlin, OR

    Thanks. I just found some PVC pipe and will be making another one tomorrow!

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    Great idea, you could also glue them together in a chain...let your mind go from there...thx for sharing!

    • Sandra Allen
      Sandra Allen Sutherlin, OR

      Sorry I didn't see this back then Lisa...what a great idea!!

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