A Fun Way to Use an Old Frame

Good morning! I have a new project for you today! Lauren and I have been participating in some local vendor fairs and virtual fairs. She has been selling Disney Trading Pins and I am making boards to display the pins on. It’s been fun selecting all the different colors and characters. Of course, this doesn’t have to be done with Disney characters, but anything you like! Let me show you how!

I started with a frame from a thrift store. It doesn’t matter what kind of picture or if the frame is scratched. I like to look for frames that are a little different or have a design in them. I liked this oval one, because the curved ones are a little harder to find. This frame is just a plastic material.

The first step is to take apart the frame. Throw away the glass (unless you have another awesome idea to use it for!). I keep the back. It is good to use for tracing on the cork board and also to give extra support to the whole thing in the end. Make sure to keep any screws too.

Be sure to wipe off and clean your frame before painting. Then decide what color you want to use. I love the Rustoleum 2X Spray Paint. Since this frame is such a smooth surface, I used a primer first to give the paint something to grip. Once the primer was dry, I sprayed 2 light coats of the green.

This is where your back piece come in handy. I bought this corkboard from Hobby Lobby. I laid the back on top of the cork board, traced around it and then cut the cork with scissors. Depending on the thickness of the cork, you might have to use a razor blade. I found that 1/4 to 1/2 inch cork is the best. I really just depends on how thick your frame is and how thick of cork will fit inside and still be able to get the back of the frame back on.

For this board, I picked Tinkerbell. I looked up Tinkerbell silhouette in Google and then picked the one I thought would be easiest to cut out, without to much detail. If the design is too detailed, it’s difficult to be able to cut it out cleanly.

Once the design is cut out, place it on your corkboard. It might help to tape it down if you are afraid the paper might move too much. I used black acrylic paint to fill in the design.

I use a small brush that is pretty flat on the end. I start by daubing around the edge of the design and then I go back and fill in the whole design. Be sure to hold down the edges of the paper as you paint, so the paint doesn’t leak under. You may have to go over some of the edges with a small brush to smooth and even them out.

Doesn’t she look cute?! I love the bright green!

I’ve been making quite a few of these lately. Here are a couple of others. You can see that I used all different size frames and colors.

Princess crown…

and small oval.

These are fun to paint and the designs are endless! What would you put on yours?

How To Make Your Own Dried Flower Mickey and Minnie

Good morning! I hope everyone is safe today. I am in California with all the wildfires, but we are safe where we are. There is just a lot of smoke everywhere plus the heat. I know most bloggers are already putting out there fall decor, but it’s hard to think about when it is still so hot! I will probably wait for fall until September.

Today I am going to show you how I dried flowers and formed them into Mickey and Minnie! You know how I feel about Disney! I had never dried flowers before, and it is so easy!

I went into my yard and cut a few different types of leaves and flowers from various plants. I cut some ferns, leaves, feverfew, blue potato vine, and some white petals of a flower I don’t know. 🙂

I laid out the leaves and flowers on some pieces of wax paper and covered them with another piece.

I carefully laid them in a large heavy book, between the pages. I also stacked a few more books on top just in case.

Do you like my choice of book?

I left the flowers and leaves for a couple of weeks and then finally opened up the book and took out the pieces. I don’t think you really have to wait that long, but I got busy with other things and didn’t get back to them right away. I was so happy with the way the flowers and leaves dried!

I printed out a Mickey head shape just to help me figure out the shape and size. I knew my paper would be a 5 x 7 so my printout was small enough to fit on the paper.

I started with the outline of the Mickey. I laid out the pieces into the general shape. I didn’t glue yet, I wanted to make sure it was formed right first. Once I had the outline, I started filling it in with other bits and pieces.

I cut the fern into small pieces and also took some of the petals off the flowers to fill it in. Once I was happy with how it looked, I started gluing the leaves and flowers onto the paper. I glued on the base pieces and then added a few more on top to feel it in. I also added a couple of large flowers for a bow for Minnie.

I bought a couple of 5 x 7 black frames from the Dollar Tree to hang the pictures in.

I hung them in the guest room, aka Haley’s room, aka the Disney room.

I’m not sure why I thought this would be so complicated, but it was pretty easy! I can think of so many other shapes to use this technique on.

Here is my other Disney wall in the room. I have been collecting ears each time we visit Disneyland and hang them in a black frame. I love this gallery wall!

Thank you so much for coming by today! I hope you have a great week-end!

Here are some other Disney posts you might enjoy!

SEASHELL SPECIMEN WALL HANGING

Good morning! Have you been able to get to the beach this summer? Maybe you collected some seashells. Here is a great way to display them!

Hello! Is spring here yet? I can hardly wait for warmer weather. After being in Hawaii, I am so ready to wear shorts and tank top again. To help get in the mood, I created these Seashell Specimen Pictures. I collect lots of seashells and had divided them up in little baggies and I had found these frames at Goodwill a while back, but with the holiday, I just didn’t get to it. So now that I had a little time, I decided to get this project done!

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Here are the frames I found. I was able to find 3 of the same ones.

seashell speciman frame front

The first thing to do was take the backing off.

seashell speciman frame back

I used scissors to cut along the edges to get to the inside.

seashell speciman back of frame

After the back was off, I removed the picture and the glass, so I was left with the frame, mat and cardboard backing.

seashell speciman frame

I didn’t want the cardboard to show, so I used a piece of brown paper looking scrap paper for behind the shells. I laid out the shells the way I thought I would want them to go. Once I had a pleasing layout, I used tacky glue to glue them onto the paper.

seashell specimen frame clam shells

I used some packing tape to secure the back and they were done! I hung them over the bar in the dining room to add some summery fun!

seashell speciman frame set of 3

These clam shells are cool with the ridges in them.

seashell speciman frame ridged clam shells

Sand dollars are my favorite! I am always on the lookout for them when we walk the beach.

seashell speciman frame sand dollars

I love the shape of these!

seashell speciman frame crab

We have the seashells, now we just need the beach!

seashell speciman frame art 3 set

You can see here, I used one of the pictures in my RV makeover! It has really held up well, even with all the bouncing the trailer does as we travel!

rv makeover striped cushion covers and curtains

I hope this inspires you to make your own seashell specimen art.  Hope you have a wonderful week!

 

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Vintage Pink Ornament Christmas Tree

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving We had a nice, quiet day and now I have been busy Christmas decorating! Its always fun to unpack the boxes and relive the special memories some of the pieces have.

I have been collecting some vintage ornaments for several years now. My dad gave me a box of vintage Shiny Brights that had been his moms and I have loved them ever since. I have even picked up some pink ones for Lauren. Not all are vintage, but when mixed together, they look pretty nice.

Pink and Silver Ornament Tree Title

I had seen this idea a while back and finally got around to making it. I picked out some pink and silver ornaments in various sizes. I took some wire and shaped it into a triangle. My wire was pretty thick and sort of hard to work with, but it was all I had on hand. Just be sure whatever you get is strong enough to hold the ornaments, but easy enough to bend.

pink christmas ornament wire tree and vintage ornaments

I snipped a bunch of little pieces of thinner wire to attach each ornament to the tree shaped wire.

pink christmas ornament treepink ornament tree wire for hooks

I curled each piece by wrapping it around a pencil. These will be my ornament hooks.

pink ornament christmas tree wire hook

Most of my ornaments didn’t have a hanger on the top so I took a small piece of narrow black ribbon and hot glued it inside the opening.

pink christmas ornament ribbon hangers

Once my ornaments wee ready, I measured the sides of my triangle and marked the sides where I wanted to add wire across.

pink christmas ornament tree wire triangle

I cut another piece of wire to place across my triangle. I cut each one a little longer than the width of the tree. This will give a place for my ornaments to hang. I attached each side with thinner wire and a little bit of hot glue. I also curled the ends of each one.

pink christmas ornament tree curled wire ends

I started placing my ornaments on my wire tree, moving them around until I got the placement I wanted.

pink christmas ornament tree with black frame

This will be perfect for Lauren’s pink Christmas!

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I also made this cute little topper with some scrapbook paper and a metal key.

pink christmas tree ornament tree topper with keypink christmas silver black and pink hanging treepink christmas ornament tree hanging

I can’t wait to see this hanging in Lauren’s home! Do you have any other ideas for vintage ornaments? I would love to hear about it!

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