March 21, 2010

Shabby Beaded Frame

Happy Sunday, everyone!
Thank you all so much for your sweet, encouraging comments on the last post! Reading it again, I sounded a little dramatic(GAG!), and I certainly didn't mean to. Forgive me! I think we all just feel like "closing the show" now and then, right? But I totally wouldn't do that in reality. I love blogging! But it's nice to know that if I ever did, you'd miss me as much as I'd miss you! Is it weird how much I just love you guys?? :o)

Anyway! On to the crafty stuff! :o)
Yesterday I tinkered around with this beaded frame that was inspired by one I saw at someone's house once. It's funny, I used to see things like this and say "I wish I knew where to buy one!" and now I just say "I could make that in 5 seconds!".
OK, It took a bit more than 5 seconds, but not much! It's one of those wonderfully easy projects that we all love so much. :o)


If you want a slightly "shabby" look to your frame, like mine, try to find a real wood frame at a thrift store. The natural "pores" and cracks absorb the paint and give it a little bit of a distressed look.

1: Take your frame apart and give it (and your beads) a layer or two of white spray paint.
2: Then snip your beaded necklace at one end, and glue it around your frame with a strong-holding glue, trimming off the excess.


3: Once the glue is dry, give it a final coat of paint to make sure you have an even coat! Done!!

I'm so silly, when I bought my thrifted frame, I didn't notice that it was missing the glass! So I took the opportunity to make some 3-d art, using paper butterflies.

To make them, use a printed template, or cookie-cutter to trace half the butterfly, then move it over 1/4" and trace the other side. Score two lines down the middle, and make creases so the wings pop up!


Then use double-stick tape to adhere them to a white paper backing, slid into the back of the frame.



(Leave it to me to focus on the cup, rather than the frame! Silly girl.)

I'm kind of obsessed with white frames right now, so springy! I've got quite the collection! Now if I only knew what to put in them.... :o)

Also! Thanks to you, my sister was able to meet her donation goal in one day! She's still keeping her 50% off sale though, and she's also selected a new charity to donate to, so be sure to check out her shop, if you haven't already!
Thanks!

44 comments:

  1. I really love this frame, its so cute, I am just about ready to paint all my picture frames white, in fact I am just about ready to paint all my furniture white as well!! I am so in love with it.

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  2. im happy the glass wasnt in the frame (and that im not te only one that happens to) because the 3d effect rocks!

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  3. wow!!!!! I am so totally making this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. great!!!!!!!
    MEry
    http://asaflightofbutterfly.blogspot.com/

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  5. Cute frame! :) Please do not shut your blog down-it really is something I look forward to viewing everyday! :) You have inspired me lots! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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  6. I'm always so amazed at your ideas! I come to this blog first thing in the morning!!

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  7. I REALLY like the look of that frame!! You did such a fab job coming up with this look and pulling it off. LOVELY!!

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  8. hey -

    2 requests...
    I'd be super happy if you'd consider these

    also... this is not so much a comment on THIS tutorial, so if you don't wanna post it (THIS Comment) and just treat it as a message that is totally cool with me

    so...

    I'd LOVE a tutorial on that ruffle skirt!!! pleeeease! :D

    also you know what else would be a cool step by step??? HOW YOU MADE YOUR BLOG!!! like missteps, things to avoid, etc...

    just some ideas


    PS I LOVE YOUR BLOG

    you are so sweet and the love of christ really shines through you

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  9. Cute idea! I really like the beaded frame concept! :) I am going to link to this on Wednesday at dollarstorecrafts.

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  10. Oh so pretty and Springy! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Gorgeous! The beads are a great touch! :)

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  12. love love love. I hope I don't offend anyone who may have the before type of frames in their house... but I see those ugly frames all the time at my local dollar store... and the fake plastic beads are so easy to find. I probably have some in a drawer somewhere. What a great way to take a frame that cost a dollar and make it look like one that cost 15! I will probably make one and spray paint it black. (that is what the rest of the frames in my house are) Not quite springy in my case... but still cute :)

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  13. I love the frame! Thanks for the idea. :)

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  14. cute idea...this would be so sweet in my little girls room!

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  15. very cute frame! Thanks for this idea!

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  16. dude i have some frames and those beads im all over this post. Thanks for sharing. giveaway over at my blog dejavucrafts.blogspot.com

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  17. Love this! Fabulous idea, I might give it a try.

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  18. What a great idea! I have some of those plastic beads hanging around the house and I would love to use them for something pretty. I'll have to add this to my never-ending list of projects to do!

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  19. What a great idea! I love the beads on it!!! It is so cute. I don't think you sounded too dramatic--if that's how you were feeling, then that's that, right? I'm so glad you won't be shutting it down, though:). You brighten my day with your blog. And of course you helped me out MEGA MEGA MEGA on getting people to mine;).

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  20. You know how many of those strings of beads I have lying around here? You would think not since I have two boys, but they still show up in birthday party goodie bags or at school. I'm going to have to play with them. Good idea!

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  21. awesome idea, love your blog so much, you are such an creative lady and your children are so beautiful, God Bless! =)

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  22. Love the idea!!! But I love all your ideas!

    PS I tried sending you an email for a entry in your contest and it said your mailbox was to full.!!!

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  23. I love that white spray paint can improve just about everything. I have done this to shelves, frames, lamps, chandeliers and furniture.

    I love the idea of the beads to dress it up too.

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  24. That frame is so cute! And it sounds easy, I may have to try it.

    I do hope you keep your blog going. I love it! I read it often, and it really inspires me to get more in touch with my creative side. Plus, you are such a good writer and photographer! the blogging community would not be the same without you.

    mythoughtsandtreasures.blogspot.com

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  25. Such a lovely frame. My girls would love one.

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  26. Hi...ıts beatifull..I love papers

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  27. Love this idea! I think i might just try it in my two daughter's rooms. I love your blog!

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  28. Oh, this is wonderful! I have been making an earring and necklace holder out of a frame. I didn't even think about how long the staples were before I stapled wire mesh to the back to hang my earrings. The staples went straight through to the front. I thought I should just find some trim to cover it up. The beads are perfect!!! Thanks!

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  29. This turned out so great! I am totally doing this, thanks for the great tutorial!

    ~Morgan

    http://meetvirginiaandroo.blogspot.com/
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop

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  30. I passed on a Blogger Award to you today! Just wanted to let you know!

    http://littlebignest.blogspot.com/2010/03/blogger-awards.html

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  31. I really love this project! I would like to link to it on my site, FasterCraft.com, would it be okay if I steal a picture?

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  32. Okay, too funny (wanted to leave the comment here so I didn't enter your giveaway)...but I'm doing a book promo this week or next too. Nice to see how great your photos of the book look! I was wondering how to pull it all off :).

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  33. awesome. awesome. awesome! thank you for sharing!

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  34. WOnderful!!!I stumbled your post!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I've got a wall full of frames on my stair landing that I fill with the many, many pictures my 3 kids draw/paint. Maybe use your daughter's artwork to fill your extra frames?

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  36. I love this project... simple and beautiful! I linked you at www.wecraftdaily.blogspot.com

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  37. Thanks for sharing! I linked back to this post here:

    http://myhouseisvanilla.blogspot.com/2011/01/remember-that-whole-butterfly-art-thing.html

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  38. I love this. I want to link it to my blog but I just started and havent figured it out yet.

    didireallymakethat.blogspot.com

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