Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Make Your Own Collage Frame

One of the rooms affected in our remodel is my main level family room. I’ve been redecorating it and one of the things I wanted was a collage photo frame.
I’ve seen a variety of these all over the place, but I either couldn’t find one that I liked just right, or one that wasn’t ridiculously priced. When that usually happens, the best solution is to make your own, right? Well that was what I did.
Before-&-After
I headed to my local thrift store and picked up an assortment of frames for a total of $5.50.
Since I had everything else on hand, that was my total cost for this project – SWEET!
Step 1: Clean off the frames, then take some E6000 (or other really strong glue) and glue your frames together in the desired collage. I stuck some glass casserole dishes on top of mine to secure them together.
Glue-frames-together
I probably left mine to dry for about 4 hours or so. I’m sure they were done before then, but I got distracted by other things going on in my home (kids, laundry, etc.).
Step 2: Drill a hole in the bottom of each frame the size of your stick. (I used sucker sticks that I had lying around my house. You can grab them in the cake decorating section of Wal-Mart or any craft store, but any sort of round stick will do). Take some more E6000 and glue the sticks into the holes at the bottom of the frames.
Sticks-in-frames
Step 3: I had a piece of wood leftover from my “Family Motto” sign, so I trimmed that down to 24” x 5” to use as my base, and made marks where each of the sticks would go.
Mark-holes
Step 4: Then went ahead and drilled holes where the marks were. I tried to drill as far as I could without going through the wood so there would be more support for my sticks.
Drilled-Holes
Step 5: Trim the sucker sticks down to the appropriate sizes, then grab the E6000 one last time and glue the sticks into the holes of your base.
Frame-built
Step 6: Now comes the painting. First I primed it all.
Primed
I knew I wanted to distress the frame and have some bluish tones showing through, so next I applied a coat of Krylon Ocean Breeze blue spraypaint – leftover from my Summer Activity Board.
Painted-blue
Last I applied white spray paint. Once all the paint was dry, I sanded it down to create the distressed look. Here’s a close-up so you can see the hint of blue showing through.
Close-up-distress
With pictures of my favorite people, this baby is all done!
Finished-frame

21 comments:

  1. very cute! You've always got such great ideas!

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  2. The walls of my house have that same blue showing through look. I like it better on your frames! Cute collage!

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  3. way cute! I need to do this for my MIL. She'd love to have pix of the grandkids in something like this!

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  4. Way, way cute!! What do you use to prime it with? I'm new to painting stuff!!

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  5. You are so resourceful! I love your creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking! What a great project--Keep it up!

    Warmly,
    Stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated

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  6. I love this! I may have to make it really soon!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Nicole *U* - I used Krylon spray paint primer for this.

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  8. So beautiful! Love the finish!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  9. Great idea! I would love to give this a try! I think I might make a mantle piece for Christmas time and use cut outs from past Christmas cards as the photos. :)

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  10. This is adorable - it has so much life to it - better than anything you could buy in a store.
    My best- Diane

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  11. oh wow. this is fantastic! great idea. I may just have to try it.

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  12. How cute and a great way to show off some pictures! I would also LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky party...it's going on now!

    ~Briana
    sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my gosh! I love this!!! Absolutely wonderful tutorial :)
    Found you via the House of Hepworths Linky Party!!

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  14. Ummm... this is amazing! I've seen similar versions of this in the stores--yours way surpasses it! I'd love if you'd stop by Sew Woodsy and link this up!

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  15. I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/
    come strut your stuff

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  16. Very fun :) a great use of frames too!

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  17. I never think to paint things. This is the cutest idea. It would make an awesome gift. I love that you used frames that are "normal" sizes and that everyone would have pictures to fit in them! Love it!

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  18. Love this Tam! Featured it today on Craft Gossip :) http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/how-to-make-a-collage-frame/

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  19. This is so cute Tam! What a fun idea!

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  20. Wow, this turned out SO good! I love that you decided to create the distressed look instead of just plain white. I'll have to try that technique sometime -- maybe on this exact project!

    Stopping over from the party at Creations by Kara. :)

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