Glass Frames

Craft Project – Glass Frames

A simple way to brighten up any corner of a room, with only a few skills required, a small amount of money and a lot of imagination.
You will need:

  • Glass clip frames (available at most stationery, gift or home stores or art suppliers)
  • Something innovative to display – some ideas are: Fabric, Photos, Pictures, Cards, Dried Flowers, Stencil, Stamping, Weave fabric, Weave paper.

Method

For all the above ideas, you simply need to cut the desired object to the size of the frame then remove the glass and clips, place the object ie card on the backing (you can spot glue it if desired but it probably won’t move anyway) then place the glass on top, attach the clips and you have done it. Very simple, the hardest things to do is cutting straight and to the correct size, so use a ruler and a craft knife to ensure straight lines.

Stencils on painted card with the addition ov PVA and glitter add a little colour and shine to this child's room.
Stencils on painted card with the addition ov PVA and glitter add a little colour and shine to this child’s room.

Fabric Example

By using remnants of fabrics you can brighten up a dreary corner of a room.

Simply cut the fabric to match the size of the backing, place the glass over the top and attach the clips.

No home handymen required!


Before
Tired and empty looking wall.

Tired and empty looking wall.

After
A more balanced look achieved with little effort.

A more balanced look achieved with little effort.

Stencil Example

This time we used different colored card and stencilled childrens designs with the addition of glitter for a sparkle effect.

Fix the stencil to the card,(temporarily so it doesn’t move), then use a stencil brush or sponge to lightly apply paint to the stencil.

For a crisp effect allow for the paint to dry between color changes, for a blended effect use layering while the paint is still damp to create mottled colors.

Using a stencil brush to create the stencilled design.

Using a stencil brush to create the stencilled design. You only need a tiny amout of paint, if you use too much it can bleed under the stencil plate and create blurry edges. So get some paint on the brush and dap it onto paper to remove most of it.

By adding PVA glue to specific areas when the paint is dry you can the sprinkle glitter over and the PVA dries clear. This adds a sparkle to the stencil.

By adding PVA glue to specific areas when the paint is dry you can the sprinkle glitter over and the PVA dries clear. This adds a sparkle to the stencil.

Simple and effect artwork.

An easy way to add color and texture to a room.

Fabric – pieces of similar coloured, similar themed, or similar textured fabric.

Photos – old black and white family photos, cute chubby cheeked baby photos, landscape photos, holiday photos (finally somewhere to show off all the photos of statues that we tend to take), a montage of friends, parties fancy dress etc, photos of animals for a child’s room, you can limit it to your imagination.

Pictures – children’s artwork, magazine photos, old calendar pages, old unwanted book pages, music scripts.

Cards – this is a great way to reuse those fantastic cards you get at Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and special occasions. You can change them often to keep the room fresh and relate to particular seasons. A simple way to alter the decoration of a room.

Dried flowers – take some card a place a dried flower or arrangement on it then lower the glass and fix it over.

Stencil– paint some card, and stencil over in your favourite design, theme them, color co-ordinate or just go with how it feels on the day.

Stamping– a hard to fail way of creating art. Use coloured card or paint card to the desired color, then stamp your selected design on and voila, instant artwork.

Weave fabric – Take strips of fabric and “weave” them, one under one over etc, you can change this to 2 under two over etc, just experiment; use different colored fabrics or different textures and widths.

Weave paper– As above but use coloured paper or card.

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