Picture Frame Decorating - Sparkle and Shine - An Easy DIY Craft Demo
DIY sparkle and shine picture frames.
Simple, fun and cheap. It works.
Here's a super simple, DIY picture frame project easy enough for children, but still fun for us adults.
All it took was some paint, glitter, stickers, temporary tattoos and some unfinished, wooden picture frames I grabbed in the crafting section of the local Super-center.
This particular means of making frames is easily customized and not bad on the budget. I like that in a project, especially in one for kids, teens or tweens who tend to get bored with things really fast.
While frames are typically thought of for photographs, they can be fun for creating and displaying art, too. Sadly, I'm not an artist. But, I like pretty pictures. What to do?
Squeezable glitters allow for isolated application and minimization of mess.
I love glitter. A little sparkle makes things more special. I guess I'm like most girls in that sparkly things are appealing to me. Now, I mean a little, here and there, not everywhere. Squeezable glitter glues allow for the enjoyment of the visual affect without all the days of clean up after.
Seriously, it never seems to all go away no matter how much vigorous vacuuming and scrubbing I do. There's always that one little sparkling spec winking at me the second I finish! Most annoying.
Butterfly picture frame.
Bring on the sparkle with stickers.
For the price of a few stickers or temporary tattoos, which is really about a nickle each, anyone can create some artwork they will love.
Follow along to find directions for how these frames were decorated. The directions will work for any patterns or colors desired.
Scattered throughout the sparkles, glitter and shiny gems you will find more affordable ideas for frame embellishments.
It's nice to have a little sparkle here and there. But not when it's all over the floor, furniture and fun.
Do you want sprinkles with that?
Glitter - Sprinkles or glue?
While this project has a good bit of sparkle and shine, it has not one speck of sprinkle glitter.
Mind you, I began with thoughts of using it, but it just didn't go down that way. Things seldom ever do go according to the plan. That's not the point. The point is tons of glitter, but no mess.
While it dawns on me only after having completed the project, I'm really liking it. The trick to this was in the product I used.
Is it a pen? Is it glitter? It's glitter glue that goes on like using a pen!
This size and consistency of this is really easy to work with for children and adults. Because it's really a glue product, sometimes it has to be squeezed fairly consistently to get a good even line.
This is difficult with many of the other brands on the market because they are so much larger. Ironically, they are designed that way largely patterned after fat pencils given to small children when they first learn to write because those are easier to manipulate.
However, writing does not require squeezing which is why what works for one tool does not for another.
How to make a sparkle frame. The degree of sparkly shine is totally up to you. Go through the gallery to see the directions.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Unfinished frames allow for customization, sparkle-ization and crafty goodness.
I like to go to the mall, sometimes. These days it's becoming the scenic route into surrealism, especially when scoping the prices. Yea, I'm cheap and I'm good with it. I'm not good with paying over a hundred dollars for a wooden frame. Get real.
These are so perfect for children, teens and tweens.
Coming in a set gives moms more options. Be it grouped for one kid room or divided up and used as project fodder for six kids, sets with multiples work really well for me.
These would make the most adorable Christmas ornaments with photos of the family. Great to display on the tree or send as gifts to grandparents, pictures of the kids are always a hit.
I like the little butterfly shaped frame.
I don't like this insert. I made a boo boo here that I can't fix because it'sthe only glittery, purple peace sign temporary tattoo I had. I had a clueless moment and forgot to remove the film from the sticker beforehand.
I actually ended up applying it to the film covering. So, to salvage it, I just used the tattooed film and stuck the whole thing on the doilie.
Duh is really all I can say.
To glitter or not to glitter? That is the question. - Classrooms across the country are adopting zero tolerance polices.
Wanted! That most dangerous criminal, the crafty glitter user and kids everywhere.
Schools across America are banning sprinkle glitter like was a classified substance citing clean up problems for outlawing the holiday and event stand by of cheerleaders, teachers, spirit club leaders and crafty kids everywhere.
It's just a thought, but isn't education supposed to be partially about instilling a sense of responsibility? Is it not reasonable to teach children to clean up after themselves by giving a three to five minute cleanup time at the end of class when doing such art projects?
Should sprinkle glitter be banned?
Painting allows for do overs.
Frame options other than painting:
One thing I like about paint and fabric coverings is that they allow for doing over again after a time.
When you get tired of it and want a change, simply scrape off the embellishments, sand a bit and repaint any color you want.
Be it a solid color, bands of color like what was done here, sponge painting a few shades, dyes, tints, stains or even stamped, you can get any look you can dream up with just a little paint and some imagination.
Be it for a rainy day activity or to get some new décor, crafting is always constructive.
Need some frames? Want a new look? Looking for something constructive for little hands and minds? Give a custom frame project a whirl. You'll have fun and get something you can use that no one else has. There's something about unique that just can't be beat.