I am pretty particular with my decorating, so when I couldn't find the type of picture frame I wanted, I just made one. :) If you have seen any of my other posts, you will see that I like to repurpose items that might otherwise end up in the landfill. My hubby and I went to visit his family in Florida and took some frame worthy photos (we thought so anyway ) Of course I wanted beach themed frames to go with the photos I was framing, and to match my beach themed bathroom.
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
I started off with this incredibly ugly frame, with good bones, that I bought at Goodwill (I bought it on half off day and really only paid $2.50 for it hehe). I liked the fact that it had holes for the ribbon, but that ribbon will be replaced ;) I removed the ribbon and the glass from the 3 openings and painted 2 coats of green paint (that I had leftover from painting a bedroom). Once it was dry, I lightly sanded the outside edges and inside each of the 3 photo openings to give it a more worn feel.
I used an assortment of shells, green glass blobs, blue sea glass, starfish, white and yellow flower beads and small white gravel to embellish my frame.
I weaved jute rope in the holes that the ribbon had been in. This photo also shows some of the worn look I created with the light sanding.
I started in the middle of the corner of the frame and hot glued the shells first, going from big (in the middle) and using smaller shells as I fanned out on each side. Next, I hot glued the glass blobs, sea glass and flower beads, placing them where I thought they looked best....just filling in the gaps.
Using a small paint brush, I painted Elmer's glue fanning out from the shells and other decorations I had hot glued on. As soon as I painted the glue on, I sprinkled the white gravel on the glue. I worked in small areas so the glue wouldn't dry before I could put the gravel on it. I repeated this process all around the frame until I was happy with the results.
Materials I used for this project:
- Picture frame (Goodwill)
- Shells (beach)
- Glass blobs (Dollaar store)