Paige shows off a DIY that makes a great gift with a personalized touch!
- Electric Drill with a 1/8” drill bit
- Assorted wood frames
- Small screws (depending on how deep your frames are)
- Phillips head screwdriver (or attachment for drill)
- Strong adhesive (I’m using E6000)
- Small pine craft wood ¼” x 1.5” x 12”
- Paint (optional)
- Ribbon (optional)
- French cleat wall picture hanger
- Small wooden letters
- Hangers or knobs (optional)
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Any accessories you would like
- On a level surface, lay out/arrange your frames that you want to use. You may need to move the frames around to see what layout you like the best. Mismatching edges are great.
- Take out the glass and paint any frames that you would like painted. Let dry.
- Fill the pictures with words, photos, fabric or craft paper.
- Turn the entire project (all frames and accessories) over to attach them together.
- Use your ¼” craft wood cut in small sizes (which will depend on how big your frames are) to attach each frame to one another. Use a strong adhesive to bond the frames together. Use adhesive on any surface that touches as well as under the craft wood.
- Over the craft wood, install two screws, one into each frame. This will bind the frames together. You may want to drill a pilot hole first to assure that your wood frames won’t crack. Be sure that you are drilling into the FRAME and not the glass, otherwise the glass will shatter.
- Continue this process until your entire project is connected as one unit. Let the glue dry.
- Attach your French cleat to the back of your project. Add the second part of the French cleat to the wall (or if this is a gift, include the second part in the gift to make it easy for your recipient to hang it.)
- Turn the project over and sand back any spots that you would like to look distress.
- Add any embellishments you would like to your project. I’m choosing to add wooden letters that symbolize what the project is for. I’m making this project a “House Warming Gift”, so I am placing the word “HOME” on top of my frame collage. You can make this for graduation gift, new baby, birthday, or any occasion that you would like!
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