For a while now I have wanted to make an art piece of my own to place above our humble dining room table. The problem? I am no artist. That's right, sometimes crafty girls cannot paint or draw.. or it may just be me. Either way, I have created a fabulous piece of "art" using scrapbook paper, ribbon, fabric, cardstock, embellishments, and any other scraps you have laying around the house. It's beautiful and sophisticated, and I didn't have to use a paint brush! Do you want to make your own? Let's get started.
What you need:
- Large Frame with the piece of glass insert (I got mine on sale at Hobby Lobby. But I would suggest trying thrift stores or Goodwill for a large frame and spray painting it because these larger frames get pretty pricey.)
- One sheet of poster board in the color you want your background to be (I chose white to go with my black frame).
- Hot glue gun and Elmers glue (or some other kind of craft glue).
- Pencil and a ruler
- Two sheets of 8 1/2" X 11" card stock in the color you want to "frame" your individual pictures - like a matting (I chose black to counter the white background and match my black frame).
- Scrapbook paper, ribbon, buttons, embellishments, fabric, pretty much anything you want to add. This is your project!
Here we go!
- Trace on your poster board how many "frames" you want to have. I like the 3 X 3 look, but it was difficult to find a square frame, so I went with 2 X 3. Make sure you measure exactly how thick you want your background border to be (I chose one inch of white) and how thick you want your matting border to be (I did half an inch of black card stock cut out into strips and glued on to the poster board).
- Next, lay out your designs for each individual frame. Think of different textures and give some of the elements a 3-D look by adding pieces of thick cardboard behind them. Glue each of the elements in place.
- Now cut the poster board to the size of the glass in the frame and glue it right on top of the glass. And you're done!
Here is the end result. I was very happy with how it turned out.
This project is a little time consuming, so mommies - plan accordingly! Even though it takes a little time to make, it's super easy to do.. especially for a "non-artistic" crafter like me! I hope you will give it a try!
This is where the completed artwork will hang. It isn't hung yet, obviously, but when my husband gets home from work it will be. It's not that I can't hang a piece of artwork myself (I hung my whole frame wall by myself, for crying out loud), my husband just likes to be "involved" in my crafts. And that means leaving little things for him to do like hanging things. He says it's his way of "crafting" with me. Ha! I love him.
Hope you try this fun project. Let your imagination run wild!
And let your husband hang your framed artwork up. ;)