I *love* a good up-cycle, and one of my most favorite things to rescue are ugly thrift store frames. Using stencils (like the ones I used from Handmade Charlotte stencils) is another one of my most favorite ways to craft! You wouldn’t have guessed that just a few days ago this cute chalkboard frame:
looked like this:
It just needed some love! I followed the typical DIY process:
and I used Folk Art’s awesome chalkboard paint for my frame. I taped because I wanted to add some visual interest on the inside of the big frame and leave it transparent. I’m so glad I did this, because I love how it turned out!
Now comes the fun part- I got to use these adorable stencils from Plaid and Handmade Charlotte.
I got the “frames” package, and I knew I wanted to do smaller frames within this bigger frame. I laid out the stencils & figured out what the best arrangement would be with the size of my frame. I loved the “scrolly” frames the best, so I used more of those.
I punched out the stencils and filled them in with white paint:
I edited some of our favorite pictures so they were black & white to fit the theme of the frame. I also knew I wanted to use an ultrasound picture, and that’s black & white too I cut the pictures out to fit the frames, and attached them with double-sided tape (so they’re totally temporary & can be easily switched out!)
I wanted the pictures to be easily switched, and I thought it would be fun to add some chalk marker to the board to add some whimsical captions to the photos:
Now we have a totally interchangeable frame – you KNOW the baby will be filling up those picture frames this fall!! In the meantime, our “fur baby” will continue to photobomb my photo sessions:
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