DIY $1 Halloween Frame & Free Halloween Printable

September 26, 2013 3 Comments

How to turn a One Dollar Frame into a fun, frugal, and easy Halloween decoration:

I needed one more thing for my entryway table so I I picked up some of my favorite $1 frames and got busy creating this:

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It was quick and easy to make {and very inexpensive}. I made 2, one for me and one for a friend. Here is what you need to make your own:

what you need

Supplies:

Square $1 Frames {Wal-Mart or Michaels}

Black Paint

Mod Podge {get it here}

Decorative Halloween Paper {leftover from my banner}

Black or Orange Cardstock

Ribbon {find some here}

Sanding sponge or big emery board

You can download the cute Halloween Printable here. Just print it out on white cardstock.

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First paint the edges of the frame and the inside edges of the frame. I painted the back too.

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After the paint dries brush a layer of mod podge over the front of the frame and place the Halloween paper. Make sure to rub out any bubbles.

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I place it upside down and put something heavy on it while it dries. It doesn’t take  very long to dry.

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This is my favorite way to remove the extra paper: after the mod podge has dried, take a sanding block and rub it along the edges in a downward motion.

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Rub it until it comes right off.

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For the picture part I use an exacto knife to cut an X in the middle

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Then use the large emery board to “sand” off the inside paper.  Make sure you always go downward or you will tear your paper. DSC_5514

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Cut out your prints, I decided that mine needed a little something more so I sponged the edges of the print and the edges of the frame with black ink. I also discovered that I made the prints a tad to small so I cut out some 3 3/4 inch squares of orange and black cardstock and mounted the print on them. I liked how this looked in the frame better anyway.

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Tie some ribbon on using a square knot (right over left, left over right). I used 3 ribbons, odd numbers look better when you are doing things.

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Place your print in the opening. Aren’t the fun! I love how they turned out. It took me less than 30 minutes to make both of them {that includes drying time}.

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Here it is on my entryway table.

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I love how it looks with my other décor.

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Comments

  1. Never would’ve thought of this! Love it! I’ve been wondering what to do with some old frames. I hate throwing things out, and sending them to a thrift store is no good, because I just KNEW I’d eventually figure out what to do with them. ;)

  2. So cute and looks easy enough for me too! Thanks for your nice clear directions.

  3. Meridian Mama says:

    Very cute! Love how you remove the excess paper, I’ll remember that one for sure!!

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