Here is something I wanted to do for a long time. I bought all the materials probably a month ago. Today I could not sleep well after a night shift and I finished this small project so very tired so please ignore the small imperfections on the frame.
- Cutout shape with measures of your choice either bought from crafts shop or cut out by you out of cardboard. I bought mine because it has a very beautiful shape and it was very cheap - less than £1.
- Decoupage paper from crafts shop - price is about 40p per sheet. Choose whichever pattern you like and can decorate accordingly.
- Decoupage glue - from crafts shop - approx. £2.50
- Plain Glue
- Small things that you want to use as additional decoration e.g buttons, small ribbons, paper flowers etc.You can choose a theme for the frame e.g sea frame, butterfly frame, retro rustic frame using glue that makes cracks in the texture you've chosen (I hope you understood what I mean because I really cannot explain it properly in English!)
All of my items I got from crafts shop in Varna.
It is a simple method that you probably already know from my previous posts about the decoupage technique. Fristly, if you want the frame to have a certain colour (I recommend white) paint it with acrylic paint. In that way the paper will stand out more. I do not have appropriate paint so I just left mine the way I bought it and it turned out very well because I did not use napkin for the decoupage but the special paper which does not need foundation colour. If you choose napkin you have to paint the object you're decoupaging, by all means.
Then you cut out the paper and start applying the decoupage glue first on the frame and then on the top of the paper from the inside towards the edges of the frame. Let it dry well. My frame got a bit uneven in places but that is the thing that I still cannot master when it comes to decoupage. It happens because there is still air underneath the paper or it was uneven. When you're over choose a few pretty things and decorate it to make it personal. Glue them either with the plain glue or use the decoupage glue. For the cord and the ribbon I've used the fancy glue.
When you're over put a photo or something inspirational to you and the frame will remind you of it every day. The whole project is very simple and not time consuming at all. I did it for two hours or so. If you have a design in mind go on and use different techniques if you like. No matter how your frame turns out it will always be precious because it will contain your creativity as well.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned!