Good Morning, I'm Estelle aka Twinkle Star and I blog over at Twinkle's Tutorials and Craft Time. I am a busy stay at home wife and mum to four fab kids aged 6, 4, 2 and 3 months. Crafting keeps me sane in my crazy, busy life :)
Thanks to Mel and the girls at the Inspiration Cafe for having me over today. I will be showing you how to make a pretty Window Effect Picture Frame at a fraction of the cost...
You will need:
A Cheap Picture Frame
Wooden Sticks or Dowels
Sandpaper or Old Nail File
Glue and Glue Gun
Scissors or Craft Saw
Craft Spray Paint
I picked my frame up at the local pound shop (Dollar Store) and my wooden sticks were a 60 pence packet of garden sticks. The most expensive part was the can of spray paint - I bought a mini can, which was enough for this project. The glue and glue gun I already had.
Lay out your sticks in the design you would like your window 'panes' to be (I used 5 sticks)...
...cut off any excess...
Take the vertical sticks and cut each one into 3 pieces so that they fit snugly against the horizontal sticks and frame...
Remove the back and the glass from your frame then heat up your glue gun. Whilst you are waiting take each stick piece and sand off any rough bits (I used an old nail file as I didn't have any sandpaper to hand)...
Take the horizontal sticks and place a dab of glue on each end, adhere to your frame in your desired position. Do the same with each of the small pieces attaching them to the frame edge and the horizontal sticks. Make sure they run in straight lines down...
Once the glue has dried take your frame outside and place on some paper to protect your surface (I like to use greaseproof baking paper as it stops the item from sticking to it). Lightly spray your frame twice, letting it dry between coats...
...Leave until completely dry.
Replace the glass, then add your chosen scene or photo and attach the back...
...looks pretty if you attach wide satin ribbon through the hanger and tie in a bow then hang up.
Voilà a budget friendly way to achieve a Window Effect Picture Frame! (Would also look pretty on a mirror!)
Hope you enjoyed that tutorial, there are plenty more over on my blog - love for you to pop over and say hi!
Thanks ladies for having me, it was fun!