Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May and Father’s Day, the third Sunday in June are excellent occasions to make crafts as gifts. For Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we like to decorate photo frames and insert pictures of the family. Here are several easy, inexpensive Mother’s Day and Father’s Day photo frame craft ideas. To create lovely hand crafted photo frames, begin by collecting plain wooden, metal, plastic or other undecorated photo frames. Watch clearance sales, garage sales, rummage sales and even junk piles for photo frames to refurbish and decorate.
Pointillism Painted Dot Design Photo Frames: Collect an assortment of inexpensive craft and fabric paints. Watch the end caps and clearance bins of crafts stores and craft sections. I often find bottles discontinued paint brands or colors clearance priced at $.25 a bottle. Full price, these fabric paints only cost around $1-$1.50 per bottle. Pointillism is the school of painting which creates an image from tiny dots of color, similar to a mosaic with paint dots. Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte employs pointillism. Using the opposite end of a paint brush, tooth pick or disposable cotton swab, create a dot pattern on the photo frame. A simple motif of flowers and vines outlining the frame is lovely. To make a simple daisy style flower, dab five dots of one color in a circle, to create petals. In the center dab one dot of a contrasting color. To create leaves, make tiny green curlicues with a fine hair paintbrush.
Bejeweled or Button frame: Purchase an assortment of faux gems and sequins. Dig out that stash of assorted buttons from your sewing kit. If you don’t have any buttons, you can purchase a bag of assorted buttons in fabric and crafts stores. Fire up your hot glue gun and glue buttons or faux gems to cover frame. Don’t try for any pattern with your arrangement. Try to use a variety of faux gem or button sizes, shapes and colors. You must use flat buttons with two or four holes and not shank buttons, however.
Gilt-edged photo frames:I am a very rococo person and love gilt and metallic colors. It’s simple to turn a plain, dull frame into a baroque masterpiece simply by spray painting the frame with gilt, glitter or metallic spray paint. Be sure to remove all parts of the frame except the actual framing piece to avoid splattering other frame parts with paint. And spray paint in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors.
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