Monday, July 30, 2012

Upcycle a picture frame and display the shells you found at the beach.

Last year before my husband deployed his father came to visit us and decided to take us across the state to the beach. It was the first time my kids had ever been to a real beach and they collected a lot of sea shells.

When we got home I grabbed an old picture frame {I save them when I no longer want them and I buy them at thrift stores} and went to work.

For this project you need:

  • An old picture frame, 8x10 is ideal but you can do this with smaller frames too

  • Sandpaper

  • Craft Paint, either paint to match your decor or paint to match your vacation photos

  • Glue Gun

  • Post Card from the trip

  • a few favorite photos from the trip

  • Sea shells from the trip

  • Scrapbook paper, either to match your decor or your trip

  • Acrylic Sealer

  • piece of cardstock the same size as the glass from the frame

Remove the glass from your picture frame and sand the wooden edges of your frame. Use a dry cloth to remove sand residue.

Next, throw a few coats of your base paint on there. If you're going for a beachy look, might I suggest these colors:

Then take your accent color and a sponge or foam brush or even a paper towel and randomly wipe it on there, you can see in this close up what I'm talking about:

While that's drying decorate your cardstock with paper, die cuts, photos and maybe a post card from your trip.

When your frame has dried spray it with acrylic sealer.

When that has dried put your frame back together, first the glass, then your page of memories and the backing then secure.

Now just hot glue some sea shells around, note that if your shells are only hot glued to the glass they will fall off eventually {I learned this the hard way}. I recently had to re-attach several of my shells. So be generous with the glue and make sure the shells on the glass are glued securely to the shells on the frame.

And there you have it! A few of your favorite beach photos, a post card from the beach and sea shells from the beach, displayed in a way that you can walk by it every day and remember how much fun you had!

So you don't forget it!

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