Monday, June 21, 2010

Once Upon A Time-Wall Art

I used stretcher boards for this project.  They are SUPER cheap.  They are meant to be used to stretch a canvas, but they worked really well for this project.  The size I used were 40 inches tall by 16 inches wide.

The frame ended up costing me less than $10.  I put them together and then filled the corners with Spackle.  After the Spackle dried, I painted the frame with some paint that has sand in it.  LOVE it!
Then I took patterned paper and covered 12X12 sheets of chipboard with it.  Making sure to match up the patterns on the paper since it took several 12X12 sheets of chipboard to fit in the frame.  I punched holes diagonally across from each other on the edges of the paper covered chipboard and then tied one continuous length of colored hemp in a criss-cross pattern on the paper.  Then I stapled these to the back of the frame.

For extra support, I stapled a few pieces of balsa wood across the back of the frame.  One on the top.  One in the middle, and on across the bottom.

After that, I cut out the Once Upon a Time title in vinyl with my Cricut.  I used the Storybook Cartridge for this one.

Then I matted  several sepia toned wallet photos.  I used ribbon and clips to attach the photos on the string.  I added a couple of embellishments and VOILA!  I had my priceless work of art.


This is a great way to showcase some of your favorite family photos all in one spot.  I get comments about it all the time when people see it. 

Have fun creating!!!  :)

39 comments:

Van said...

Truly a gorgeous result- thank you for sharing! I'm inspired to get some crafting of my own done tonight!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

This is so great...just love a home with family photos! Thanks for showing it off on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

cherry said...

Love this I have so many great photo's sitting in boxes what an awesome why to showcase them !
hugs, from Savannah, Cherry

becca said...

that looks really great! i love how big and attention getting it is. what a perfect place to show off the fam!

Diane said...

What a great idea! I have so many pics that I would love to put out for people to see, but never enough room. This would certainly solve that problem. TFS.

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Jane said...

Great idea. I love to see photos in people's homes. I would be one of those commenting!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

This is so great! It is just beautiful. I really need to get a cricut machine! :)

Thanks for linking to Messy Monday. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday too!! :)

Smockity Frocks said...

Very cute idea!

Nikki said...

That is FABULOUS!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day!!!!!!! :)

Melanie said...

LOVE it!!!!
I just found your blog through 'we are that family'... following and looking forward to more of your posts!

Melanie
~ melscoffeebreak.blogspot.com ~

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

That turned out fabulous. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

Ginger said...

Ooooh, fancy! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Jenn Seratt said...

Saw this on We are That Family Work's For Me Wednesday party. I love memory art! Great project!

Kaysi said...

What a fun decoration!!! I love it!

Leanne said...

That turned out beautiful. Thanks for sharing it on We're Organized Wednesday. Have a great day!

Its A Blog Party said...

That looks beautiful!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Carolina said...

Beautiful! I saw you over at Fireflies & Jellybeans... I love this piece! :D
CM

Lanie Ree said...

Oh! This is beautiful! I love the lettering, and the old fashioned photos against the background paper, and the way you used stretcher boards!! So creative.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy Session at Life in the Pitts.

MessyMissy said...

Love the lettering. Very endearing!!!

Miri said...

Great way to show family photos! Thanks for sharing this terrific project.

Laura said...

Visiting from Social Parade! Happy weekend!

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Brianne said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE that!! I can't wait to see what else you have on this here cutie patootie blog! ^_^

New follower! Would love for you to stop by for a chat! :)

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Le Chateau des fleurs said...

What a great job! I love this!
Happy Social parade! Following you now, come say hi and do the same!
Frenchy
http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

Karissa@Withourbest said...

Very cute blog! I just became a follower!! I would love it if you followed me too! Happy blogging!!

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Twitter @WithOurBest

Karissa

Shanna said...

That is AMAZING! I am your newest follower! =]
I look forward to reading more of your blog! Have a wonderful weekend.
~Shanna
http://mommyofoneandcounting.blogspot.com/

Show Me Mama said...

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Coloradolady said...

This is really a great idea, love this!

Bonnie said...

That looks really awesome. Well done!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Outstanding! I love how tall you've chosen to make this piece. It really hugs that area so well. The lettering on top creates a very nice header. Beautiful!

Donna

Scrappy Gifts said...

Fabulous work! Wish I was so handy! Love the sepia photos and that it's on a string so it's easy to change up. Great title too.
Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays!

Tere said...

Very creative! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales!

Leslie said...

Wow what a great idea! It turned out darling! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

madincrafts.blogspot.com

★All Thingz Related★ said...

That looks awesome!
Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

Holly said...

It is beautiful. Love that you used the stretcher bars to create a frame. I need to make something like.

Julie @ Frugal and Fabulous Design said...

This is a really beautiful way to show off family pictures....very nice!

Thanks for linking up to Fab Friday -

Cheers!