Ocean Frame

Ocean Frame

What you need:Seashell Frame
•  Wooden frame
• Acrylic paint (white)
• Seashells
• Sand
• White glue
• Tacky glue
• Brush

What you do:
• Paint the wooden frame with white acrylic paint.
• Let it dry.
• Using tacky glue, attach the seashells to the frame.
• Let it dry.
• Brush white glue all over the frame.
• Sprinkle the frame with the sand.
• Let it dry.
• Brush off extra sand.
• Display.

Lentil Frame

Lentil Frame Cover Final

What you need:
• Cardboard ( unused shoe boxes)
• Paint
• Brush
• Glue
• Lentils
• Tape
• Your favorite picture

What you do:
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Make three-layer frames from boxes and wood glue.
• Cover the raw edges with paper scraps for a nice, clean edge.
• Paint frames with paint in the closest color to your lentils. (Make sure none of that cardboard showed through)
• Wrap the craft wire around the frames to make a simple hanging loop for the back.
• Prop up the frames on some cans.
• Apply all purpose glue. (The more the better).
• Gently pour on lentils in a thick layer.
• Press carefully in place.
• Let dry for several hours. (Do not shake off the extra until the glue has dried several hours).
• Tape pictures and mats in place.

Tips: If you want to change the color of your frame just spray paint it. But if craft paint is all you got, thin it down to make it flow like a glaze. ( 3 parts paint, 1 part water, 1 part white glue work great.)
Don’t touch your frame for several hours while the lentils are drying. Don’t shake off the extra. Don’t move it. If you move or shake off the extra too soon, you’ll get a really thin, spotty layer.

 
 
 

 

Picture Frame

Picture Frame

What you need:
• Cardboard
• Scissors
• Glue
• Paper
• Wire for hanging

What you do:
• Decide on the size you want the frame to be based on your image.
• Cut out the center as well to make it the exact size you want.
• Lay the frame down on your paper.
• Draw a line one inch outside the frame and one inch inside the frame.
• Draw the lines of the frame on the paper too.
• Cut it all out.
• Draw a line thru the outside corner (to make a right triangle) in each corner and cut those corners off.
• Draw a line thru the inside corners to where the frame begins make two 45 degree angles. Cut along those lines.
• Fold all the inside pieces inside.
• Put the frame on the paper, the inside flaps inside. Fold the outside flaps up around the cardboard.
• Glue the paper down with the glue to the cardboard.
• Tape your print to the back of the frame.
• Hang your picture.

Seashell Frame

Seashell frame cover

What you need:
• Photo Frame
• Seashells with flat backs
• Acrylic craft paint in red, white and blue
• Glitter(Optional)
• Craft glue
• Your favorite photo

What you do:
• With the craft paint, paint seashells white, red, and blue.
• As the paint dries, sprinkle glitter over the shells.
• Glue the shells to the frame with clear craft glue. Let dry.
• Insert your favorite photo.

Sunflower Frame

Sunflower Frame

What you need:
• paper
• something to color with
• scissors
• glue
• favorite picture
• yellow tissue paper
• green tissue paper

What you do:
• Print out the template.
  •Cut out the template pieces.
  • Glue the flower and leaves onto the stem.  You can glue both onto a piece of     white paper if that makes it easier to hang up later.
  • Glue picture into center of the sunflower.
  • Glue balled up pieces of yellow tissue paper onto the petals.
  • Glue balled up pieces of green tissue paper onto the leaves.

Sunflower Template

Rain Art

Rain Art cover

Using dry tempera paint and the natural beauty of raindrops, you can create beautiful and unique paintings.
What you need:
•  Dry tempera paint
• Large pieces of thick paper
What you do:

Purchase dry tempera. It comes as a white powder, no matter what color it is.
• Use large pieces of thick paper.
• Sprinkle different colors of the paint on the paper.
• Go out in the rain and hold the paper flat under the rain.
• Watch as the rain turns the white powder into colors and creates beautiful designs.
• Bring the paper inside before it becomes so wet that the paint washes away.
• Allow the art to dry flat and then display it.

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Magazine Frames

Magazine frame cover

Recycled catalog/magazine frames are super simple to make. With a little practice, they can take less than an hour to construct.

What you’ll need:

  • • Magazine pages
  • • Two bamboo skewers (the narrowest ones you can find)
  • • Glue stick
  • • Ruler
  • • Pencil
  • • Elmer’s Glue
  • • Moist towel
  • • Sharp, strong scissors
  • • Picture Frame
  • Mod Podge and brush

Part 1: Make a Magazine Reed
First, tear out a pile of magazine pages. You don’t have to worry about the torn edges being too clean—they’ll be hidden when you roll up the reeds. If you have a particular color scheme in mind for your project, then make sure the pages you tear out contain large amounts of these colors. You can use ad pages, article pages—all that matters is the predominant colors.
Cut the page in half along your fold line. Take the first half, and place it face down. By this I mean that the side of the page you want to have showing on the finished reed should be facing down.
Place a bamboo skewer on the bottom right corner of the paper. It should be a little more than a 45-degree angle to the corner.
As you roll, you’ll want to pay attention to the left-hand end of the skewer. The magazine paper will roll up around it and quickly cover it. Don’t let this happen! Take a moment every so often as you’re rolling to pull the end of the skewer out of the reed a little so you can still see the end as you continue rolling. (Hold your roll-in-progress down with your right hand and pull the skewer out with your left.)
The reason you’re doing this is so that you can still grab and remove the skewer once you’ve finished the reed.
Once you’ve rolled the paper to this point, spread some glue from the glue stick along the top edge of the paper, about halfway across from the right-hand corner. Then continue rolling the reed over this glue.
When you’ve rolled to this point, apply glue to the rest of that top edge of the paper and also to the left-hand edge. Finish rolling up the reed, making sure that the last tip of paper is securely glued down. Pull the skewer out of the reed and it’s done. If you have trouble pulling that skewer out, you can take a second skewer and poke it through the center of the reed to help push it out.
Make a pile of reeds to get ready for the next part of the project. Once you’ve rolled a few reeds, you’ll find a rhythm and each one will only take a few seconds to make.

Reed-Making Tips:
The reason we apply so much glue to the edges of the paper is so that you can cut your finished reeds into various lengths. If you only glue the end of the paper down, then when you cut the reed, it springs open and is difficult to reroll.

Part 2: Cover a Frame
Begin gluing the reeds onto the frame using Elmer’s Glue. Be consistent and glue the vertical sides first or the horizontal sides first also, make sure your reeds are the correct length by trimming them if necessary.

Reed-Gluing Tip:
The reeds should sit as close together as possible. Press the reeds together as you work. If glue oozes out between then, just wipe it away with your fingers.

Part 3- Finish
Once the glue is dry, use a pair of sharp, long-bladed scissors to trim away the ends of the reeds so they are flush with the edge of the frame.
Apply two coats of Mod Podge over the finished frame, allowing it to dry between coats.

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