Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pretty as a Picture - DIY Frame

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Have you ever bought something because you thought, I can make something with that? Or kept something because you thought, I can use that for a project? But had no clue what you could use it for?

Well that's how this pretty little DIY Picture Frame came to be.

Fabric Covered Picture Frame

I knew I wanted to make something with these simple rolled felt flowers that I saw on the net.

I had these red and white felt Christmas tree skirts that had no purpose other than waiting to be used on some kind of project.

The felt cried out to be made into roses so that is exactly what I did with the red felt. 

Not wanting to leave the white felt out I decided to use it to cover the frame.

Once it was assembled the frame looked a little naked. That's when I decided to grab the dollar store red doily which I purchased for just an occasion.

Now I could have stopped here but I had to get those darling roses on the frame somewhere. After all it began with the roses.

Odd numbers are usually best so I made three felt roses and glued them down.

For a bit more pizzazz I scrunched in the lace around the flowers.

  • Photograph
  • Cardboard
  • Felt (Fabric of your Choosing)
  • Scissors
  • Sharp Blade
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Bead

  • I guess you need to find a picture that you would like to frame because it will determine the finished size of your frame.
  • Once you have the dimensions cut two pieces of cardboard. One is for the front and the other is for the back.
  • Draw the frame opening. It should be at least 1/4" smaller than your photo. 
  • Place your photo onto your cardboard to make sure the size you choose will work.
  • Using your straight edge and knife, cut the frame opening.

*** To get sharp corners extend the lines past them. Do the same when you are cutting the cardboard. ***

  • Trace your cardboard frames onto your chosen fabric. In my case it is white felt.
  • Cut the fabric with a 1 1/2" allowance all around the outer edge.

  • Cut out a second piece of fabric using the first as a guideline. Just remember only one piece needs the inner opening.

  • Start with the back panel. Lay the cardboard onto the fabric. 
  • Cut the corners of the fabric as shown in the photograph. This will eliminate bulky corners once you glue the fabric to the cardboard.
  • Place a bead of hot glue along the top edge of the cardboard.
  • Press the fabric down. Careful it's hot.
  • Do the same on the bottom edge pulling gently to remove wrinkles.
  • Do the same for the two sides.
  • Now work on the front of the frame following the instructions for the back of the frame. Only this time cut the opening in the middle of the frame. 
  • Miter the corners on the inside too.
  • You may want to skip this part depending on the fabric you chose.
  • Place the lace on top of the frame.
  • Cut opening in center of the lace. 
  • Hot glue the front of the frame to the back of the frame leaving the top open so you can slide your picture in.
  • Embellish your frame further if desired. I made three rolled felt roses and glued it to the frame. I scrunched up a bit of excess lace and hot glued it close to the roses. I finished it off my gluing small bells into the center of the roses.

***  Tutorial for the roses can be found HERE. ***

What do you think? Easy enough? 

Now what can I make?
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  1. Oh wow! What a beautiful frame! I love it and what excellent directions!

  2. Great job Darlene! What a creative project and perfect for Valentine's Day, too!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  3. Found you on Snickerdoodle Sunday. Cute idea - thanks for sharing!

  4. Replies
    1. It was easy. I'm thinking about making another one in a different color.

  5. Beautiful! This happens to me all the time - you think you need one thing and end up putting in everything but the kitchen sink. This photo frame turned out great!

    1. Thanks. I was going to make the photo opening in a heart shape but changed my mind last minute.

  6. I love re-purposing things too! What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Monday. I look forward to you sharing again!

    1. I love re-purposing. There are so many raw materials right in my home that I don't always have to go out and buy them.

  7. Really beautiful--love it! I've been wanting to make some felt flowers myself. Maybe I'll do it now...

    1. I loved making the felt flowers. I want to make more. I'm trying to think of another project for them.

  8. It's beautiful! I love the lace and felt flowers.