Sunday, April 22, 2012

Up-cycled Frame Art Gallery

I am in two blog hops today, please scroll down for the

Thanks for joining us today for the Recycle, Reuse and Re-purpose Blog Hop!!

If you've come from Ann Marie at Creative Ramblings, you're in the right place.  If not, please jump back to Tina's blog to start at the beginning... you don't want to miss a stop!

Today, I have a project that re-purposes frames. I bought these at a garage sale for .50 cents each.... they were an awful gold color, but I could see the potential.

Here is the "before"...

And here is the after:
We made an art gallery for my boys to display they favorite work. The title is created using vinyl applied to my wall.


The title is from Gypsy Font (monograms) and the script font on the same cartridge. The title measures 4", the subtitle is 3", the established date is 1" and the names (under the frames) are 2 1/2".

Each frame received a couple of coats of cheep black spray paint. I then added a heavy cardboard backer, a layer of cork (bought in a roll and cut to size) and then I finished them with some fabric wrapped around the layers. Then, simply place the whole thing in the frame and mount it to a wall for a nearly instant art gallery.

My son's can add a push pin to the corners of their most recent favorite piece of art and easily mount them on the wall. Because they don't have glass, it is easy to change out the display. I love that the fabric adds an element that both accents the wall color, but they will always look beautiful, even if empty.

Here is a close up of the frame. It looks wonderful.... you'd have no idea that this frame cost only 50 cents at a garage sale.

The total cost of this project breaks down like this:
2 frames : $1
cardboard : rescued from the recycle bin
roll of cork (Joanns) : $4 with coupon
fabric (1 yard at Joanns) : $5.99 on sale
1 can of black spray paint (Lowes) : $1
Total project : $11.99

Thanks for visiting me today. 
Before you jump to the next stop, please leave a comment
(and don't forget your contact info) 
to be entered in my drawing for some blog candy...
a $20.00 gift card to either
Michael's or Joanns -- winner's choice!!!
Drawing will take place on Monday, April 30th, 2012.


I'm in two blog-hops this weekend and one next week and I'll leave the giveaway open for all three and will give a total of three gift cards away!!


Your next stop in the blog hop is:

31 comments:

jessica said...

What a GREAT project!!! Love the picture in the frame..such a beautiful work of art!
TFS
jessica
chick-n-scrap.blogspot.com
eschfamily@yahoo.com

sarah said...

very cute idea!! i also luv re-using my frame's..thx., for the share..
trexasgrama7@gmail.com

Roberta: Mother of 3 said...

WOW! Great idea for my son to display his toddler art! I also have so many broken, cracked, unwanted frames that I could repurpose in this way! Great idea! Roberta mrsme6th@bellsouth.net
750 Followers Giveaway
http://thepapercraftingleague.blogspot.com

Kristi said...

Such a cool idea. I have a bunch of frames without glass, just wish my kids were still into making drawings and such! Maybe put my own in there, lol.
kidshomelove at yahoo.com

anna said...

I LOVE this! I have so many old frames and a budding artist! Can't wait to try this. Thik I might do it today :)

Crafty and Green said...

Fantastic Project! So Creative, I love it! Thank you so much for joining us for this hop!!

Many Blessings,
Tina

Sarah said...

What a great idea! I have a lot of frames laying around just waiting for me do something with. I guess its time...lol.

MyCraftySpace said...

Really Awesome Idea!!!! I have a stash of frames I pick up from yard sales...no doubt, trying this.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So pretty! love the background and those frames! Thanks so much!
Lisa
lisascreativeniche at gmail.com

Nancy Kirkup said...

Fantastic, I LOVE this idea!! thank you so much for sharing!! New follower, I'd love for you to visit me....
Nancy K
http://alwaysastorycreationsbynancy.blogspot.com/

Shawnee said...

Beautiful!

Pamela Horton said...

very cute idea!!!

lizzie said...

Oh I love love love this idea!

Linda said...

AMAZING!!! I am loving this idea very much! What a superb idea for your son's to showcase their own artwork. Thank you for sharing.I am a new follower xxx

Hugs
Linda xxxx

http://lindasimpsoncraftypieceofheaven.blogspot.com

Wunder's Creations said...

Love how you made an amazing place to proudly display your kids art work. Great way to show them they are important and their creations are amazing. Love this idea!

wunderscreations@ymail.com

Miriam said...

Definitely have to do this in the hallway to upstairs, thanks for the idea!

Bobby said...

Finding inexpensive picture frames is one of my favorite things. With so many artists in my family I need all the help I can get.

Tasha said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing.

Michele from MS said...

Wow - what a difference a little paint makes! Love how this turned out! msmith38652@gmail.com
http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

CREATIVE M said...

Super cute Project!Must try it!!!TFS
http://craftingwithcreativem.blogspot.com
mrodriguez860@hotmail.com

HeatherLynn said...

WOW!! Really cool, fun project! Love it! Happy to be a new follower! Thanks for the inspiration!!

rlovew said...

Wonderful display area! Fabulous idea! Rlovew1976@yahoo.com

PurpleFuntastick Creations said...

What a great way to display your children's precious art ...and a great memory for them to where they put it!! :) neat idea! :) been a follower of yours for a while...

Susan M. Brown {sbartist} said...

Thanks for participating in such a wonderful bloghop! I don't know what I love more...your upcycled gallery frames -OR- the FABULOUS title on your wall! So CLEVER...PINNING!!! Happy Earth Day.

sbartist1107 at yahoo dot com

KAT said...

great job recycling frames. how nice they turned out.
kat
cen30611@centurytel.net

KAT said...

new follower too.

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Such a fabulous project. I love the vinyl wall art and the frames, this is so great for displaying fun projects! I am already a follower of your blog and enjoys your creations and all of the inspiration you provide!

scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

Kimbery Pate | KP Kreations said...

What a wonderful way to take an ugly gold frame and turn it into a wonderful method of displaying your children's art work. I really like this!!!

Kimberly

MaRyKaY said...

what an awesome idea and great way to get the younge ones to do some creating too. I think this is fabulous

silvia said...

LOVE the "art gallery"!! Fantastic idea!!

teachdanz said...

what a great idea!! I never would have thought of this and it is quicker than the ribbon boards!
ikennic at q dot com