With Mother's Day just a few weeks away, who isn't going to be in search of a thoughtful gift for mom or grandma any day now? If you're from a big family like mine, then you are likely in need of several gifts for the mothers and grandmothers in your life.
All mothers treasure photos of their children, and one of the tried-and-true Mother's Day gifts through the years has been photos of those whom they love best. Rather than stick a photo in a generic frame and be done with it, however, why not add a personalized touch and a few lovely layers with some help from October Afternoon?
This year, I'm making frames for all of the mothers and grandmothers in my family. Here's my approach.
Step One: Start with a plain, inexpensive wooden frame. You might not consider a "cheapie" frame a treasure, but just wait until you pretty it up. Mine cost a whopping $2.50 each.
Step Two: Take the frame outside to a well-ventilated area and spray paint it. I used black, but any color will work well. Consider matching the color to one of the colors in the photo that you will be using. Acrylic paint could also work well, though you may want to apply a layer of gesso first. Step Three: As the frame dries outside, head back indoors to work on the photo mat. I used a rectangle of sturdy Boarding Pass patterned paper, trimmed it to fit the frame, and layered neutral-toned Boarding Pass Miscellany over it.
Step Five: Machine-stitch around the photo, and place the finished photo mat in the painted frame. For the photo below, I omitted the glass due to glare, but added it later. The glass is optional anyway, depending on how bulky you make the foundation.
I just know that my mom will love this framed photo of her granddaughter. The problem is that now I don't want to part with it. Ha! Luckily, I know how to make more, and now, you do, too. :)