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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Give Boring Picture Frames a High-Style Makeover

Take old frames from boring to beautiful.

gem frames DIY these elegant gemstone frames
Image Courtesy of www.rufflesandstuff.com

A simple frame can turn almost any found object into a one-of-a-kind piece of art, whether you're showing off your favorite wedding photo, grouping shots of your grandparents from their younger days, keeping a favorite piece of paper or fabric front and center, or highlighting old book covers and calendar shots. Give all your frames a fancy makeover with this tutorial for elegant gemstone makeovers from Ruffles and Stuff.
Here, the artist used inexpensive glass gems (which she found for $3 per bag) and frames from the dollar store as her raw materials, but scout your home before you start shopping: any flat frame, no matter the color pattern, will work. Paint the frames with chic color palates, like black, silver, or gold, and then hot glue the gems on—it's that simple.
The real finishing touches, though, are the embellishments; for these, search your sewing bag, craft room, jewelry box, and wrapping paper supplies for ribbons, brooches, fabric flowers, and other accessories that will take your leftover frames from thrift-store castoffs to focal points.

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