Hello everyone! I am just over the moon about this last project. Partly because it was purely experimental and it worked, and also because it involved a photo of my kids. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t get enough photos of my kids. It’s like capturing them in time and there are so many moments that I don’t ever want to forget. As I sat and looked at this project last night I kept thinking about how I will be looking at this picture ten years from now reminiscing about when they were that age. Sniff… Anyway, it is one of my favorite pictures of the two of them together, so I just knew that it was right for this project.
It all started when I was scouring thrift stores looking for the perfect desk. I didn’t find a desk, but I found this:
I love that frame! There are a couple of things I never pass up at thrift stores, and ornate frames are definitely one of them. This beauty was higher in price than what I usually go for, but I couldn’t resist. It was $8 and I seriously contemplated it.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I knew it needed a really special picture so I started brainstorming. A photo of my Dad? My husbands late grandparents? Hmmm…so many good choices. Then it hit me. My favorite picture of the kids that was taken this past fall. I love that picture so much that I knew I always wanted it framed, so it was a no brainer. I remember hearing somewhere in blogland (I don’t remember where or I would site the source, sorry) that you can get really large prints done for super cheap at Office Max. They are done on paper, not photo paper, just paper. So I loaded my favorite pic onto one of those zip drive stick thingys and headed to Office Max. I got an 11×17 print made for $.22. Score! 22 cents is definitely in my price range. This is what it looked like:
I headed out to my
paint booth yard, and spray painted both the frame and the cardboard (painting?) white. I just used $2 gloss white spray paint from Wal-Mart. I sprayed the cardboard part white also because I didn’t want the dark colors to show through when I transferred my picture to it.
By the way, spray paint and snow don’t mix and it started dumping snow when I was one coat into this, so I rescued it from the yard and had to use my hair dryer to dry up the little drops of water. Good times… I finished it up in the garage, which I don’t like to do because the floor in there is still pretty unblemished, unlike the garage at my last house that looked like some sort of bad paint experiment…Anyway a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do and there’s no patience in crafting. I went to work on my photo. I covered the back of it with a pretty good coat of modge podge using a foam brush.
You can find this just about anywhere, even Wal-Mart. I swear I’m not a spokesperson for Wal-Mart, but I could be, right? Anyway, after coating the back of the picture I stuck it to the cardboard and smoothed out the wrinkles using a wrinkle smoother thingy that I think is meant for smoothing wallpaper.
I got the majority of the bubbles out, but a few wrinkles did emerge. I liked that though. I wanted something that looked like a canvas, not just a glossy photo. If I wanted a glossy photo I would have just used one. I wanted the look of one of those expensive canvas pictures. After smoothing it out I started coating the top of the photo with the modge podge.
Modge Podge is basically glue. It goes on white, but dries clear. I coated the whole thing, let it dry for about 5 minutes, then coated it again. All in all I coated it 4 times.
When it was all dry I put it into my newly painted frame and Walla! Here it is:
I love it! It has a finish that is imperfect and it looks really good like that. This entire project cost me less than $10 dollars. I already had the modge podge, so I bought the frame, spray paint and the print. Here’s one more pic:
This was seriously so simple, anyone can do it. I just love it when an experiment works out. Winning!
Thanks for coming by!