- a filigree metal 8X10 picture frame ~~two sheets of scrapbook paper in pretty patterns of your choice
- quick dry glue
- a few vintage Valentines
- white craft paint
- craft paint in your choice of color
- sponge brush
- four wooden beads
- steel wool
If frame has an easel back remove it. Remove glass, clean, and set aside along with cardboard backing. Use steel wool to roughen the metal of the frame so the paint will adhere to the metal. First paint a layer of white craft paint as a “primer” onto the frame (you may paint the underside of the frame of you wish). Allow to dry completely. Then paint several layers of the color paint onto the frame. Keep your layers thin to retain the details of the frame. Allow to dry completely.
Use the paper backing to trace your scrapbook papers and cut them to fit beneath the glass and on the back of the frame. Take the paper you want to use for the front (beneath the glass) and arrange the Valentines on the paper. Overlap them if you would like to. You may wish to put a tiny ring of tape on the back of the Valentines to hold them down to the paper. Sandwich your Valentine collage between glass and cardboard backing, and insert into frame.
Turn frame over and glue the other piece of scrapbook paper along the edge of the frame. Allow to dry. Take the beads (you may paint them the same color as the frame) and glue to each corner on the back of the frame. Allow to dry.
Now your dime-store chic frame tray is complete! You may, of course, use this idea to create frame trays for birthdays and other holidays! Have fun!
Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.