I was lucky, and found this frame right away at a thrift store. Depending on what sort of frame you want to use, finding the materials for this project might take a little more time. However, the assembly itself is mostly painless, and the result can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.
Here is my finished frame… now, to learn how to create your own!
Materials you’ll need:
- A picture frame, preferably metal or wood (Plastic might melt from the hot glue) You’ll be removing the glass & back, so don’t use a frame you might want to convert back to holding pictures.
- Lace border (or other material to hang jewelry from) *Save time by pre-cutting these strips while your glue gun heats up.*
- 4 inches of necklace chain & 2 jump rings (This is how I decided to hang my frame. Depending on the frame you choose, you may need to come up with a slightly different method. Just be creative!)
- High-temp glue gun & glue sticks (High-temp is generally stronger and works better for sticking on metal.)
- Needle nose pliers
- Jewelry chain cutter
- Flip the frame so the back faces up and arrange the strips of border where you want them to be glued. Make sure the fabric will be tight across the frame. If the material is loose, your jewelry could fall out of place.
- When your glue gun is up to temperature, move one end of the fabric, and apply a thin layer of glue to the spot. Press the fabric into place and add more glue on top of it. Repeat for all strips on both ends.
- After the glue has hardened, connect the necklace chain to the top of the frame with the jump rings and pinch the rings shut. Try to center the chain, or the frame might not stay level.
And tah-dah! Your frame transformation is complete!
First and foremost, for all of the other glue gun beginners like me, be careful with the glue gun! Obviously, the glue is hot. Hot enough to burn your skin. It’s also possible that your gun might let hot, liquid glue drip out while you leave it on your desk and make a mess. So keep an eye on where your gun is waiting.
Also, peanut butter lids are NOT created to withstand being used as a glue gun stand. The lid will melt, and you’ll have a bigger mess to clean up.
Well, are you going to convert your old picture frame into a crafty organizer and display for your baubles? Do you have a better idea for re-purposing old frames? Share your thoughts, I don’t bite!
I’ll see you again on Friday. Happy pin-testing!