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Repurposed Picture Frame: Change with each Holiday or Season

 

Don’t throw out those picture frames that are missing the glass (because your husband broke it!). . . We have a cool solution to repurpose it into a crafty seasonal/holiday wreath (of sorts).

Hi Y’All,

So glad you’ve stopped by for another chat, drink and craft!  A few years back my husband (bless his heart) was hanging my pictures for me and dropped one.  Yes, the glass broke.  I always intended to get the glass replaced, but never happened.  Now I have a new purpose for that frame that I am excited about and we hope you will be too.

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Minimizing & Repurposing

I am currently going through my house (which is chaos at the moment) to downsize all the “stuff” I thought I needed at one time.  I guess you could think of it as the opposite of nesting.  One of the things that I really need to get rid of are all the old, empty picture frames that “someday I was going to get the glass replaced” but never did.

Macmillandictionary.com explains repurposing like this, “to reuse something for a different purpose from the one that was originally intended.”

I was really excited about this craft of repurposing picture frames – as it fits with my nature on so many levels; frugality, crafting and usefulness.  Psst….My family can look forward to receiving their very own repurposed picture frame that they can use all year round….don’t tell.

Get Creative

Wiebke and I have very different tastes when it comes to being creative (that’s why we work so well together), and we have come up with several ideas that you can do with your picture frames.  And if you don’t have any picture frames you can purchase them inexpensively at a thrift store near you as we did for the ones we are going to show you below.

Your creativeness is going to make each one unique. So use your imagination.  We used a lot of the supplies we had around our house. I love scrapbooking so I had quite a bit of the supplies on hand.  Wiebke loves to create themes for parties and gifts for her friends and family and she had several of her supplies on hand as well.  So rummage through you cabinets and cupboards to see how you can use your supplies to the best of your imagination.  Let’s get started. . .

Repurposed Picture Frame

The basic supplies you need: Old wood picture frame (we both used 14″ x 16″ frames), spray paint (optional), twine or ribbon, small hooks, and the clothespins with the metal in the middle (Wiebke used a medium size and I used the super tiny ones).

Additional optional supplies: Scrapbooking paper (or similar), stickers, markers etc.

Step 1:  Prep your frame.  Make sure it is clean.  If you spray paint yours as I did, it may take a few coats, but make sure it is dry before you continue.  I let mine stand for 48 hours after the last coat (3).

Step 2: Insert hooks into the frame inner edge as shown below.  I used the existing metal tabs on mine (I think I prefer the hooks though).  Starting close to the top and then approximately 2-3″ lower.  This seems to be a good height for the message(s) to hang.

Step 3: Measure out the twine, ribbon, string that you choose to use and leave at least 4-6 inches extra.  This allows for tying it onto the hooks/metal tabs, as well as leaving enough to tie a bow at the other end (on the metal tab I wrapped it twice around before pressing the tab down into place).  This allows a quick release to change out the message.  Note: Wiebke put glue on the end of her twine and let it dry to keep the twine for fraying.

Step 4: You can either thread the twine/ribbon through the metal part on the clothespin or you can clip them to the twine/ribbon.  If you do the clipped on method you will want to have it hanging in place beforehand to make the clipping easier.

Step 5: Time to use your imagination to create your message(s).  Wiebke created specific messages for the Merry Christmas, Happy July 4th and the Advent Acts of Kindness.  I created a multiple alphabet so I could create several different messages as the mood strikes. Below are some examples of what we created.

NOTE:  Since the picture frame I purchased from the thrift store had glass in it I took the repurposing a step further.  Using some chalk spray paint I covered one side of the glass with it.  It looks good and I was hoping to be able to chalk on that side so it could also be used as a message board, however unless I was very careful the chalk marked through it.  I am still researching on how to seal it.

 

On the flip side, I did find a way to use it as a very pretty dry erase board using chalk markers on the glass side not sprayed with chalkboard paint.

You could also use it behind your message as a backdrop.  Multipurpose Repurposed Picture Frame.

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Decorate Easter Eggs – Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, & The Hard Hat Belles

Decorating Easter Eggs With Character

Hi Y’all,

Come on in and see what we’ve been up to with Easter Egg decorating.  We have all the details y’all need below. So grab your cup-o-stuff and a seat and we’ll get started.

Tea for two

I have always loved decorating Easter Eggs. When my kids were very little I got to shine with my creativity because they had very little interest in decorating other than to color the eggs.  They loved to dunk the eggs in those lovely rainbow colors (later they moved on to stickers and crayons).  I would have to limit their dunks per egg as they felt the more colors the egg was dunked into the better -you know where you end up with a greenish brown yuck color.  We usually ended up with a lot of those anyway.

As time moved on they ended up taking over the Easter egg decorating as their own creativity had taken over.  Where I once reigned I was now regulated to an observer position and if I was fortunate they would ask my opinion once in a while (which drizzled to zilch eventually).  Then I was regulated to the “ooh” and “ahh” position.

To Decorate or Not To DecorateMinions and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Now that all my kids are grown and busy with their own lives I have been sitting here thinking about “should I” or “shouldn’t I” decorate Easter eggs this year?  Seriously, it’s not a third world problem and probably not a one world problem; but hey – it’s my little world.  I really hadn’t given it much thought until Wiebke and I filmed the video Minion and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Character Easter Eggs (Whew! Pretty long title – say that fast ten times).  Then the “decorate Easter eggs” bug hit me.  I think it is more the memories that are generated when my kids where younger than anything else.  On the other hand, I do like to craft and create and as an extra bonus – I like boiled eggs.

I started thinking about all the different designs on Google, Pinterest, and some magazine websites I looked through (like Real Simple). The decorate some Easter eggs bug is there, but do I have enough time to do it myself.  I have decided that a day or two before Easter I will see if my super busy schedule allows me enough time.  That way I have taken the pressure off and have given myself permission either way.

Egg Safety

In our video and the directions below we used some empty plastic eggs I had laying around my house.  These eggs will last FOREVER!  But if you do like I do and boil “real” eggs to decorate; you will want to know if your raw eggs are fresh and still safe to eat.  Check out this pin  we pinned to our Yummy and Easy Recipe board on Pinterest to find out.

Supplies Needed For Super Easy Character Eggs

Character Easter Egg Supplies

Plastic Easter eggs (blue & yellow for Minion; green for TMNT; pink for THHB), colored washi tape (or any tape of choice cut to 1/8″-1/4″ width), scissors, glue dots (or Elmer’s glue or a glue gun), a black sharpie marker, and wiggly eyes.

For Minion Eggs

  • Take the plastic blue and yellow eggs apart.Minion Character Egg Parts
  • Mismatch them, putting a yellow top and blue bottom together.
  • Cut pieces of black tape off  to fit around the egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Character Minion black tape applied
  • Stick the tape towards the top of the yellow half for the Minion glasses strap.
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.Character Minion wiggly eyes applied
  • Take the black sharpie marker to draw on hair and a mouth.Use Black Sharpie to apply

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Eggs

  • Take the plastic green eggs leaving them together.Character Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Cut pieces of tape (orange, red, blue & purple) off  to fit around the four different egg heads (Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle washi tape applied
  • Place the tape around the middle of the green egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eyes
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.

    Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello
    Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo

BONUS: For The Hard Hat Belle Eggs

  • Take the plastic pink eggs leaving them together.
  • Print out THHB (or your) picture on plain printer paper.
  • Cut picture out carefully.
  • Brush on Mod Podge to back of the  picture and place on egg.
  • Let dry.
  • Add wiggly eyes.
  • Modpodge over picture and egg once to seal

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    Peonie, THHB, DDDenine, VeeBee

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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