Twofer Tuesday 1: The Frame Project is COMPLETE!

I mentioned a project that had hit a snag on Friday, and I am happy to say that I rethought it, and it is finished complete.

Back story: I had had this idea to make a “Poem Frame”, which is pretty much what it sounds like. I cut up a poem and decoupaged it onto a frame in a fun and fanciful way (because what good is it if it’s not fun and fanciful?). Alas, as I was putting a picture inside the frame to see how it would look, I dropped the glass, and it broke. Now with a glassless frame, and one that actually did not hold a 5X7 picture very well, I had to think of something else. This brought me to an idea that I spied on sweetandsavoryfood.com for a frame with a letter hanging inside of it. I didn’t have any extra wooden letters (and, yes, I usually do), plus I could not think of what letter to put in it, so I put the whole thing aside for a bit.

Fast forward!

Today has been pretty amazing so far. I had a job interview (woo hoo!), and I realizedexactly what I wanted to do.

When I was frantically trying to decide on a bouquet alternative for my elopement, I had purchased a blackboard heart on a stick with plans to make it into a funky bouquet. Of course, I went with the lantern, but I still had this little knickknack, so I had painted “Eric & Sam” in white paint to make it look like chalk, and it has just been lying around.

So here’s what I did:

1. Painted, rather sloppily, the wooden frame with some silver paint. Because of the varnish on the wood of the frame, it came out looking more distressed than silver, but I liked it, so I kept it.

2. Cut out the lines of “Litany” by Billy Collins, which read at our wedding ceremony with family.

3. Cleverly pasted said lines on the frame in such a way as to make it look like I had a plan all along.

4. Cut out four images to include for a “pop”. Pasted those on more randomly.

5. Broke the glass and rethought the whole thing.

6. Cut the loooong stick off of the blackboard heart.

7. Took out the back of the frame and took off the back holders (I have no idea what the technical term is. Just look at the picture)

8. Painted the heart with red paint. One coat did the trick.

9. Dry-brushed with silver.

10. Tied the heart to a screw I left in the frame, so it hangs down.

All told, I think the project took maybe an hour, hour and a half? It was easy, and it looks pretty dang cool. I am happy with the end result, and I think it will be a very cute reminder of our early days of matrimony.

PICTURES!