Unique DIY Frame to display pictures

The $100 Room Challenge is already over and done, but I promised you a post on how to make this unique DIY frame, so, here it is! 🙂

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If you missed the latest posts, I took the challenge to makeover my daughter’s room in a month for less than $ 100.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

It has been so intense that I now feel like I’m on vacation!!

The frame

Money being limited in the $100 Room Challenge, I took a frame that I already had and that might’ve even already seen in the post about a small DIY box to hide electronics.

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At that time, the background in the frame was done using scrapbooking paper and if you paid close attention, you could see the joints of 4 sheets.

This time, I used a watercolor paper that I had for a long time and I cut a piece of the correct size to fit the frame.

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How to make the background

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You will need

  • watercolor paper
  • Gelato Faber Castel or other watercolor pencils. 3 to 4 colors in the same hues.
  • A spray bottle with water
  • Glimmer Mist (or another kind of spray paint. The color used is “Coffee Shop.” I thought it looked a bit like the color Gold Rose that was already present everywhere in the room)
  • Crafter’s Workshop Stencil (I used the model “Eternity”)
  • Paper towels

To begin, I colored the watercolor paper with the Gelato.

Then I sprayed water and I was careful to mix the colors without crossing from one color to another.

This video will help you understand how I did it.

And yes, I like using my fingers!!!

Once everything is dry, I applied the Glimmer Mist using the stencil. The idea is not to cover the entire surface, but only a few places. And as I often say, it doesn’t need to be perfect! We need to let go a little!

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I also use a paper towel to prevent overflows under the stencil.

You can view the following video for a better understanding:

Adding the string

The string is installed above the window and is attached to the frame with a staple gun and short staples

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Therefore, it’s important to check the tension of the strings like this:

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Pictures just like “Instax Mini”

Have you seen the price of an Instax Mini camera? And what about the film for the photos? Too expensive for me!

If you have Photoshop and a color printer, I have an economical solution for you!

I made a very easy template to use (easy enough that my daughter did it herself! Just to put a little pressure on you!!) and your only purchase, if you don’t already have it, will be to buy photo quality paper.

Repeat for all 9 photos

Note: If you have less than 9 photos, I suggest you close the unused layers (click on the eye). This will prevent printing a black rectangle and waste ink.

Now you only need to print, cut and voila! You have beautiful photos for a fraction of the price! And a happy girl!

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Yes, but Natalie, where’s this great template?

It’s in Nelidesign’s Library! And how can you access it? You just have to subscribe with the link below.

Now you’ll probably say: “Oh no, not more emails in my inbox!” But I promise you, I’m not very invasive! I’ll just keep you posted when I add freebies to the library or for important events. And most of all, you’ll see that there are already several other files that might interest you in the library! 🙂

The final result

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If you want to see the rest of the room, don’t hesitate to see the other posts:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Till then, Please Pin it!

 

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14 thoughts on “Unique DIY Frame to display pictures

  1. What a fun project! And I love that you used your fingers to blend the watercolor. I actually have a set of those pencils, but haven’t done anything with them yet. Looks like it’s time! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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