That is the reason I take more pictures than I know what to do with. As a Mommy I feel like I need to document every last moment from my boys lives. Unfortunately, I am the worst at developing pictures. I have pictures from years ago that may or may not be developed. I am just now getting around to developing pictures from my family vacation last year to Naples, Florida.
While I was going through all of these pictures I found a couple of really nice ones that are definitely mantle worthy. After a quick trip to the store I couldn’t find a picture frame that I thought would be perfect for any of these photos, so of course I needed to make one 😉 .
Most craft stores sell unfinished picture frames for a dollar or two, so I purchased a few of them (one for now and a couple for other projects…so stay tuned!). The next step is to decide what to do with these frames. I just happened to have a Lilly Pulitzer catalog from last season laying around. And nothing says summer vacation and the beach more than Lilly does.
Now it’s time to have some fun!
- Lilly Pulitzer print (or any colorful print you like)
- unfinished frame
- school glue
- paint brush (to apply glue)
- Pick your print. I chose the print “Lolita” from Lilly Pulitzer’s spring 2016 collection
- Measure the sides of your frame. Mine were 7 3/4″ X 1″ and 5 3/4″ x 1″.
- I chose to cut a stencil out of scrap paper so I could use it to decide which parts of the print I wanted to use
- Trace your stencil onto the print and carefully cut out. Be sure you have two long strips and two short strips
- Place your strips on the frame to decide exactly which side you want them on
- I used a paint brush to apply school glue directly to the frame and then apply the strips. (Sorry I don’t have a picture of this step but it is pretty self explanitory)
- If you like the way it looks you are going to want to apply a thin layer of a sealant on top of the strips.
**note: for a sealer I use a mixture of one part school glue and one part water. While not completely non-toxic it does not have the strong smell that some store bought sealers have. I usually mix a bunch up and store it in an old water bottle.**
Now all you need is to find the perfect picture to display in it!! If you are looking for more frame-spiration go here to see my Tiffany inspired photo frame!