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Animal Frames

Friends of mine are having a baby very soon.  I wanted to make something special for them.  I looked through my arsenal of crafty supplies and decided to make some framed artwork.  I had a metal giraffe and turtle that I wanted to integrate into the design.  Using 2 frames, I selected some wood laminate scraps to use for the backdrop.  I painted the frames – the one for the giraffe got a coat of metallic copper and the turtle’s got a coat of dark espresso brown.  From there, I selected fabrics from my decorator sample books from SCRAP (still keeping me crafty!).  Cutting them into squares, I placed them around the frame and started gluing.  I added yarn around some of the pieces on the giraffe frame to accent the colors.  After trimming all the excess edges around the frame, I glued the animals in place.  I really like how they turned out.  I only wish I had a few more animals so I could make some more!

giraffe comboturtle combo

Giraffe and turtle materials ready to go

painting frames

Painting the frames

measuring and cutting squares

Measuring and cutting the fabric squares

laying out the giraffe laying out the turtle

Laying out the fabric on frames

giraffe frame ready turtle frame ready

Frames complete – ready for their animals

finished giraffe finished turtle

The final products

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Fancy Frames from Affordable Materials

A friend of mine asked me if I would think about art projects that kids could do, but would look good enough that people would purchase them.  Pinterest has a zillion ideas, so I started there.  However, one night while trying to sleep, I had an idea about a frame that could potentially fit the bill and was cheap to make.  I scribbled my idea in my notebook next to my bed and left it for a rainy day.  Yesterday was that rainy day.  I had a frame on hand from Michaels that has a heart cutout for the photo.  It cost a whopping $1.

frame and idea

It started with a frame and an idea….

I searched through the decorator fabric samples I had on hand and decided on a pattern.  Then I accented it with felt and another solid, textured fabric and some variegated yarn.

materials

The materials

I created 3 different sizes of hearts to use as a template and began cutting them out of the materials.

hearts drawn on fabriccutting out hearts

Tracing and cutting out the hearts

In order to avoid any wood show-through on the finished product, I painted the frame a dark blue.

painting the frame

Painting the frame

After it was dry, I used Tacky Glue and began placing the hearts on the frame – placing them in all different directions and overlapping.

starting to place hearts

Starting to place the hearts

To accent the patterned hearts, I “traced” them in yarn.  This makes them pop against the other colors.

layered and accented with yarn

“Tracing” the hearts in yarn

I used the yarn to finish off the interior of the heart and outline the outer edge of the frame.  I think it looks a lot more expensive than its humble beginnings.

finished frame

The finished frame

Adding panache to your walls (and cheaply)

Think you can’t add a dash of panache to your walls without spending a lot of money?  This project combines the wallpaper samples that I acquired at SCRAP along with $1 wood shapes and a few beads from Michaels Crafts.  I think it is an easy way to add some color and texture to any wall.  You can use any number, size, and combination of wood shapes to match the size of the space you are decorating.  The possibilities are endless!

the start

Selecting the fabrics

first fabric covered

Gluing fabric direct to the wood shapes using Tacky Glue

helper

my little helper (Clyde)

gluing felt on back

Use hot glue to set felt backer

setting up details

Trying out the center shape combinations

square 2

square 1

oval 2

oval 1

center circle

final set up

The final result