Monday, February 22, 2010

Newspaper covered frame - Awesome project!

Here is the crazy fun frame I made for my girls' bathroom.  Now all their hair bows are pretty and organized!  And this project was made out of an old frame and some newspaper.  Very cheap!  I love it!

What you'll need:

1. An old frame that you have around the house collecting dust... this was sitting in my garage for over a year!
2. About 60 newspaper rolls.  For instructions on those, follow this link.
3. Mod Podge
4. Ribbon of your choice (mine was on sale at Michael's for $1.00)
5. Water-based wood stain (I used Rosewood - $4.75 at Home Depot)
6. Staple gun
7. Brush and a sponge applicator

1. Start out by stapling the skinny end of your newspaper roll on to the back of your frame, then apply mod podge to the front of the frame and start wrapping your newspaper around it.  Once a roll ends, put some glue at the end of a new roll and insert it in the previous roll, so they become one, and you can keep wrapping it around the frame.

2. Keep wrapping all the way around the frame, adding glue to the frame as you go.  Staple the end of the newspaper to the back of the frame, trim off if you need.

3. Here is the frame completely wrapped in newspaper.  Let it dry for about 10 minutes.

4. Once it's dry, paint the front of your frame with your wood stain.  Let it dry for a couple of hours.

5. Once it's dry, apply a thick layer of mod podge to the entire frame to protect your paint and the newspaper as well.  Let it dry for another hour. (I hated waiting for it to dry!)

6. Now decide how you would like to place your ribbon and staple it to the back of your frame.  Trim off any edges that are too long.

7. There you have it! I made some flowers out of newspapers for embellishment, you can add whatever you like, or leave it plain, whatever works for you!  I just love how this turned out, and I hope you'll give it a try.

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  1. What a cute idea, I even like it unpainted!

  2. I loved it!!! It turned out beautiful!!!

  3. Ooh I wouldn't have guessed by looking at it. It was pretty unpainted though! It'd look great with magazines too..

    Oh you just opened a can of worms for me! I'm going to have to steal this idea for the future!

  4. Fun and clever. I have been using book pages to cover frames and make other crazy stuff.

    Happy Friday Follow!


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  6. What a great project! I am a new follower from Friday Follow! I am really looking forward to reading more and getting to know you. Have a great weekend :o)

  7. Awesome project! Thanks for linking up with Friday Follow! I am now your blog follower. It is a pleasure to meet ya and have a great week!

    ~ Lynn

  8. That is it!

    Catching up from Friday Follow...I'm your newest follower!! Love for you to come visit me :)

    Have a great week!
    ~Shelley @ Shelley's Swag

  9. cute! Stopped by from Friday Follow. Have a great week.

  10. This looks great! Cannot believe its just newspaper! Thanks for sharing from your newest follower!



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