May 3, 2011

Handcrafted Fun with Photo Frames

I'm not sure where I got this idea, but it was fun coming up with it.  I was brainstorming ideas for a way to display beach photos for my beach theme mantle {coming soon} and this is what I came up with.  They are so fun!

I started with a spindle that I found in the Husband's garage.  I don't know where he finds this stuff, but I know it didn't come from any project around here!  Anyway.....Husband cut one spindle into three for me on his band saw.  I have no expertise on that saw, so he was very nice to help me out!  I then sanded down each end to make a smooth surface because the frames will then be glued on top.

I had found these three frames in a bundle for 50 cents at a garage sale!  Perfect for my project.  I painted them a sandy taupe color, then went back with a dry brush to add highlights of white, a tiny bit of blue and red.

The spindles were then painted the same color.  The bases you see here I bought at Hobby Lobby to add stability on the bottom.
I was then ready for the wood glue.  It doesn't take very much because this stuff is strong.  You don't want it to ooze out the sides, such use sparingly!  And that's it!  It was fun to add my photos from our Spring Break trip to Florida.  I enlarged them to 8x10s so I could cut them down to the 6x6 size of the frames.

I am so pleased with how they turned out.  Soon I'll reveal what the whole mantle looks like for my beach theme.


  1. VERY VERY CUTE!! YAY!! I'm #151, you're newest follower.

  2. P.S. I am linking to your super DOOPER genious post.

  3. Those are so pretty and fun! Thank you for the ideas!

  4. You continue to amaze me. And Design on a dime...or quarters to boot! Love how you pulled out the color of the sky and water with dry brushing! Simply beautiful. Miss you

  5. I think these are great for a mantle display! Love the bits of color, and what a creative way to use up the spindles.
    Thanks for coming by and for your sweet comment:)

  6. Cherie, these are amazing, I adore them. Thank you for sharing, I hope someday I will be able to make something similar. You have inspired me. Now the only thing I need is a Hobby Lobby in Ireland! How I miss that shop.

  7. Very clever and pretty!

    They go so well together with your pictures too!

    Thank you!

  8. Hey friend! I just loved these frames! I linked up your post over at a new linky party at called Encouragement is Contagious! Hope you're having a great week!

  9. Wow, these are amazingly beautiful! You are a gifted artist!

  10. I love this!!! What a great idea!!! :) Thank you!

    So happy to find you at the "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party on my blog! :) I'm your newest follower! I would love for you to link up again next time! :)



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