Re-imagined Recipe Holder

Cynthia Castelhano
by Cynthia Castelhano
3 Materials
At one time, this frame was obviously used in some sorority sister's room holding some picture of all the sisters together. And, you know, it's cute! But I'm going to give it a new look and a new purpose!
Saw this at Goodwill ($1.91) and thought, "I can do something with this!"
A page cut to size from my 2016 calendar.
First, thin coat of Mod Podge on the original surface then quickly place the image on top and add another thin coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry completely.
Once dry, "distress" with fine grit sandpaper around the edges, on the corners, and, if desired, VERY lightly across the whole image. (Mod Podge and paper just naturally produce wrinkles despite smoothing out.) If you'd rather not have the distressed look on the image itself, just do the edges and corners. Don't forget to sand the clip if it is painted (which mine was).
It should look like this. Wipe very well to get it free of the sanding dust.
Add another thin coat of Modge Podge, making sure to hit the edges and go along the sides. Allow to dry completely.
Once it's dry, you can lightly sand again, if desired, and add another coat of Mod Podge, but it is not necessary. Mine had a small wooden dowel that can be used to stand it up, but I think I'm going to pull the back off an old picture frame I have and adhere it to the back to make it more steady. Voila! Total cost: Approximately $2.50.
Suggested materials:
  • Wooden photo holder (with clip)   (Goodwill)
  • Mod Podge   (Dollar Store (only used half a small bottle))
  • Image from an old calendar
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 08, 2017
    This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  • Karleen Harrison Karleen Harrison on Jan 08, 2017
    Love the picture you used. Watered down elmers glue is cheaper then mod podge and can use a clip board, there a dime doz at goodwill. You see so many uses for this project. Just think outside the box.

    • Cynthia Castelhano Cynthia Castelhano on Jan 09, 2017
      Hi Karleen, thank you. I cook for about 60 kids on Fridays and always have "paper" recipes to stay on task. I do not use watered down Elmer's Glue for decoupaging because Mod Podge has varnishes in it which seal the piece, making it waterproof. Elmer's Glue does not and it tends to yellow over time. Also, Mod Podge, because of the varnish in it, gives a beautiful even finish, whereas the homemade version tends to be spotty, in my experience.