Tuesday, December 07, 2010

7th Day of Christmas

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, seven swans a swimming. Apparently, this song is full of religious symbolism and the seven swans refer to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. So it’s apt that today’s creation is more of a gift than a Christmas project. It all started when I saw this photo wall hanging in the local photo shop. I was VERY tempted to buy it, until I saw the price: $108.

OMG, I could make one for much less. So here it is – a 7 frame photo wall hanging for day 7 – for under $20!






Step One:

Remove packing and glass from frames and lay them on a desk. Move them around until you are happy with the design/layout. It helps if you have a few long edges next to each other. I couldn’t find any oval frames, so mine is all square!






Step Two:

Lightly sand all the wood, it helps make the paint stick.

Step Three:

Paint each frame in a light colour, leaving some of the dark paint showing through. You can do a few colours if you want. You can also sand them once the paint is dry to get an aged look, or do a coat of crackle median before painting if you want.






Step Four:

Stick them together with really strong glue and I used clamps too. This takes a while to dry, so best to leave overnight. I’ve also used the hanging wires (yah for a K-mart photo hanging kit) to help strengthen the joints between the frames.

Step Five (optional):

Decorate and fill. I've used some Prima flowers, chipboard letters, Kaisercraft wooden flourish and Xmas ribbon.


4 comments:

Embellees said...

Renee, we must have been stalking the same shop as I have this same frame on my wish list since June... you have inspired me to get creative because I don't think Santa is gunna bring it... great idea - thanks for sharing.

Embellees said...

Renee, we must have been stalking the same shop as I have this same frame on my wish list since June... you have inspired me to get creative because I don't think Santa is gunna bring it... great idea - thanks for sharing.

karennarelle said...

ok, i think i can do this...:-^

Natalie said...

I have frames but no wall space LOL!!! Great project - might try it on a miniture scale.