Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Project: Memory Tree Frame

As promised, here are simple instructions to help you create your own personalized frame to go with our Memory Trees.

Supplies to Gather:
8"x8" or 12" x 12" wood frame
Black spray paint (matte finish)
Assorted pictures, printed on a laser printer
Mod Podge decoupage glue
Sponge brush
Razor blade
Rags - one dry and one damp
Distress Ink and/or chalk
Krylon Matte Finish Spray (1311)

Step 1: We started with a simple, unfinished 12" x 12" frame from a craft store. Using black spray paint (we prefer a matte finish) paint the outside and inside edges of the frame. You won't be covering the edges with pictures so the paint finishes those edges for you.

Step 2: Layout the pictures around the frame to get an idea of where they will fit. We like to mix black and white with sepia toned pictures to give the frame variety.

Step 3: Once you have an idea of where you want the pictures, start gluing them into place. Using the brush, apply a thin layer of glue to the frame in the area where you want picture #1. Place the picture on the frame and rub it with the dry cloth, making sure to work out any air bubbles. Next, apply a thin layer of glue where picture #2 will go. Be sure to overlap picture #1 a bit. After placing picture #2, gently wipe any excess glue off with the damp rag. (Don't rub too hard or you could rub your picture off.) Use your dry rag to rub the picture into place and smooth out any air bubbles. Continue applying pictures all the way around the frame. Allow the glue to dry for a few minutes before moving on.

Step 4: You are likely to have pictures that hang over the frame edge. Take your razor blade and carefully trim the excess paper away. (BE SURE THAT THE GLUE IS DRY OR YOU RISK TEARING YOUR PICTURES!)

Step 5: Use your sandpaper to soften the edges and help the pictures blend in with the wood on the frame.

Step 6: If you would like, use some Distress Ink or chalk to add to the 'aged' look of the frame. We recommend rubbing the edges of the frame, both inside and out, to give your frame some character. Allow the ink to dry and give the frame several light coats of Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer. This helps protect your project.

Voila! You now have your own family frame which is a perfect way to display your Memory Tree and add to the stories that you have to share.

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