8” x 10” photo frame
8 wood screws
4 lengths of sturdy twine or cord
craft glue or krazy glue
9 clusters of assorted papers, embellishments, and photos
9 mini clothespins
1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame and discard or save for another purpose. Go outside, place the frame in a box, and spray one side of it with your choice of spray paint. Leave it in the sun to dry, and then flip it over and spray the other side. When both sides of the frame are dry, take the frame indoors.
2. On a tabletop or other sturdy surface, lay the frame face down. Using a ruler, measure where you would like to place the wood screws, marking the area with a pencil or marker. Altogether, make eight marks, with three pairs on the sides to hang the clotheslines and one pair at the top to hang the frame itself. Use a screwdriver to assist you with placing the wood screws. Do not screw them all the way into the frame; leave them sticking out so that you can tie the cord to them later. I streamlined this step of the process by delegating the task to my husband.
3. Create nine clusters or tags using papers and accents from your favorite October Afternoon line. I used the Farmhouse collection here, including lovely vintage photos from the “Attic Trunk” patterned paper. I pieced together the clusters before stringing them together, laying them out on my desk to get a sense of how they fit together. I tried my best to work within an 8” x 10” space.
4. I then clipped each of the clusters to the lengths of cord, three at a time, and wrapped and knotted the cord ends around the screws on the back of the frame. To ensure that the knots would hold, I brushed on some krazy glue. I trimmed the ends of the cord so that they would not be visible from the front.
5. Hang the frame by wrapping and knotting a length of cord around the two screws at the top of the frame, and then stare at the finished product with a goofy smile, be cause you’re DONE, and it looks fantastic!
Since I know you’re longing to get a closer look at Farmhouse, here are some detail photos of the clusters:
The possibilities are endless on how you could also incorporate many of the different types of ribbon that May Arts offers into a project like this. You could tie the frame up with a wide ribbon. Or you could add some trims to the tags or little clothespins for some extra embellishment.
I said it before, and I’ll say it again: this really is a can-do project! If you attempt it, I would love to see the results in the Flickr OA gallery. Happy creating!