Monday, 2 April 2012

How to jazz up a cheap photograph frame

After reading Emily's crafty decoupage photograph frame project a couple of months ago, this became the perfect excuse to try and make a couple for our apartment. With getting married and having our honeymoon we've had load of photos lying around homeless, yet none of the frames I've found were suitable, or were really expensive. This project to solved the problem - using two cheap wooden photograph frames both $1 from the Dollar Tree, a trusty tourist map that got us around Chicago and a sheet of scrapbook paper [59c] for our wedding photograph it was time to have some fun. I'll give you a quick guide about what I did but rather then repeating Emily's post, go peek at her blog!


Cutting the map into pieces of varying sizes using PVA glue I covered the wooden frame. The fun is you can be as messy or as neat as you like. After completing all the sides, coat again with PVA [I did two coats] leaving it to dry in between].


I enjoyed the messy look, so I loved overlapping the different sized maps that we had, trying to keep the pieces with sites that we had visited really obvious. Other people might just see it as a map, but to us, it's where we have and made some very special memories.


If you have an hour or two to spare and want to jazz up some old or some cheap photo frames then I would definitely recommend doing something similar, especially for something as important like this when you just can't find a frame that's fitting. You also have the freedom to cover and use whatever you like, posters, newspapers, paper, anything. But what is best is how cheap and fun they are to make.

42 comments:

  1. Nice! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. :D I love how they came out, the frames just go with the photographs now.

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  3. oh wow thats a great idea for picture frame!!

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    1. Certainly beats the plain wood it once was!

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  4. I am on the lookout for some frames for my Paris photos, but like you haven't been able to find anything suitable! You've inspired me to try my hand at making something, I have a few Paris maps spare too so watch this space! xxx

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    1. Do it do it!! I have no many pictures of us in Chicago covering the walls. I look a bit obsessive! Haha

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  5. Rachael, I love how your frame turned out! I haven't done decoupage yet because I actually suck at paper crafts.

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
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    1. I wouldn't have a clue when it comes to other paper crafts and you really can't see how the glue got all over my fingers but it was rather primal fun. Reminded me of playing with glue when I was a child!

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  6. What a fabulous make! I will so have to try this one :o) Scarlett x

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  7. they look great, i'm a sucker for maps, I've just done my office lampshade with an OS map of Herefordshire.

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    1. Ooo that sounds nice! I want to do some more arty pieces with maps, especially older ones of places we've been.

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  8. these are both so cute and a really great idea to make a frame look a bit different! xx

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    1. Thanks, yeah some of them can be really boring, or the nicer ones are really pricy.

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  9. i absolutely love this with the map. especially if you bring in all the places you and the one you love have been together to make it that much more personal ;)
    xo TJ

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    1. Yeah I tried to cut out the places on the map we'd been and made them more prominent.

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  10. This looks great, I love the idea of using a map!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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    1. Its fun using a map, it doesn't even look too messy when it's all cut up and over lapping and upside down!

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  11. Brilliant! Thanks for this great idea - when I move house in June I will make sure I have plenty of homemade frames to decorate!

    Elspeth xxx

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    1. That sounds great! Tempted to buy more cheap frames and make loads more!

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  12. Really lovely idea, they look so fab :)

    Love, Elizabeth xx

    http://butterflyboo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Aww this is a really cute idea, I have a plain photo frame in my room, I'm definitely going to spruce it up now ;)

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.com/
    xx

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    1. I would normally have painted mine but I fancied being a little different!

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  14. I love this idea it so affective visually and you get to remember the places you visited. xx

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    1. Yeah and you can cover them with anything!

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  15. Love this idea!! I have loads of photographs but no nice frames, looks like I've found my solution

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    1. I have loads of photographs and frames but i'm running outta space! Haha

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  16. This is such a good idea, I love the idea of using a map from the place you have been too. You could use brochures or anything.

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    1. Yeah I have a tonne of holiday brochures from different states so hopefully when we do some more road tripping I can make some more with them!

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  17. they look lovely! such a great idea x

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  18. aww these turned out really great! thanks for crediting me :) xx

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  19. These are beautiful, they look great! I especially love the map idea :)

    xo

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