morgan and i went to a local thirft store and they happen to be having a 1/2 off sale on all their frames. i was able to get all the frames below for $10!
from there we went to the craft store and bought spray paint and scrapbook paper.
we took apart the frames, and headed outside to being spray painting them.
while the frames were drying we started to work on making the mats that would go inside of them out of the scrapbook paper, some recycled brown wrapping paper and cardboard.
after we created the mats for all the frames, we sat down to decoupage some smaller, unfinished wood frames i had picked up at ikea when i was in brooklyn.
we picked all the paper we liked and ripped it into strips
we then mixed modge podge with water in a tub and dumped in the paper.
once the paper became a bit softer we began wrapping the frames.
and once the entire thing was covered, we set them aside, under a fan, to dry
pretty easy, fun and if you are someone who liked peeling glue off your hands as a kid (or an adult), you will love it
once we saw how cute these turned out we decided it would be worth our while to cover the other 12. it took some serious time, but it was so worth it in the end. the unfinished, wood frames, without any seams were the easiest.
instead of printing out the wording and putting it inside the frame we decided to use paint pens, and write on the outside of the glass.
so i printed out the text i wanted, laid it out how i wanted and then (after cleaning the glass) set the glass on top of the paper, and began tracing using a paint pen.
once the parts all fit, we put the frames back together. for some of them we used the mats we made earlier, but for others that was too busy and we cut pieces of recycled wrapping paper to fit the frames.
here are the frames in different stages of completion
and here they are, on the big day, doin’ their thang! (the following photos taken by mr. tim fleenor with cornerstone photography kc)