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    FAMILY photo frame: A crafty craft for the non-crafty

    Not long ago, I shared directions for making a pillow chaise for kids. I claimed it was easy, something even those with minimal crafting experience could pull off with ease.

    Well, I was wrong in making that claim. I immediately received comments on the difficulty of the chaise pillows for anyone who doesn't sew—which I hadn't really considered.

    I have considered the non-sewers this time, and I offer you this: a craft that truly is easy and requires absolutely no sewing at all.

    Can you spray spray paint? Then you can do this.

    Can you use a glue gun? Then you can do this.

    The "this" is a unique photo frame that looks far more crafty than it really is. If you can operate a can of spray paint and operate a glue gun, this is the craft for you.

    The craft is a FAMILY photo frame. I made one for each of my daughters for Christmas, and they looked like this:

    That's the one I made for Megan. Each frame I made was the same yet different, to match the different personalities and decor of my daughters. Bonus: Each featured buttons from Granny's button tin, bits from their paternal grandmother that I've pledged to share with my daughters in myriad ways.

    Here is how to make a similar FAMILY photo frame for yourself or as a gift.

    How to make a FAMILY photo frame

    Here's what you need:

    BRIANNA'S FRAME• 1 8X10 black wood photo frame

    • unpainted wood letters: F A M I L Y (mine are 1 1/2 inch)

    • 5 unpainted mini clothespins

    • 1 8X10 scrapbook paper page — choose one in a pattern befitting the recipient's decor and interests, keeping in mind the frame will be displayed horizontally

    • 5 buttons — I choose buttons to match the scrapbook paper, all from Granny's button tin but new buttons would work, too

    • black spray paint

    • glue gun and glue sticks

    • 4X6 photos to display

    Here's what you do:

    1. Spread newspaper in an outdoor area where you can spray paint the letters and the mini clothespins. Spray one side of letters and clothespins, making sure all visible surfaces are painted. Don't worry about the wire clothespin clasps getting paint on them for they will work even when painted. Allow to dry.

    2. Remove the back of the photo frame and place the scrapbook paper where a photo would go. Replace back.

    3. Evenly center the dried FAMILY letters about an inch or so from the top of the horizontally positioned frame. Use glue gun to carefully glue letters in place.

    4. Carefully position the five clothespins along the bottom frame, centering on edge so they won't break off when adding or removing photos. Use glue gun to glue each clothespin in its spot.

    5. Once clothespins are securely glued and dried, carefully glue a button to the top of each clothespin. Ensure the top edge of the button meets the top edge of the clothespin so the entire button is backed by the clothespin stick. (If you don't have the entire button on the stick, the button will come off when subjected to the pressure of opening and closing the pin when adding or removing photos.)

    6. Ensure glue has dried and all letters, clothespins, and buttons are securely in place, then add photos. (Vertical photos work best if using all five pins.)


    Ready to hang and enjoy!

    Of course, you can always create the frame vertically, just use fewer clothespins and letters in a size that ensures the word FAMILY fits.

    There you go: A crafty craft for the non-crafty—with not a single stitch of sewing involved!

    Today's question:

    How many photo frames do you guesstimate are on display in your house?

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    Reader Comments (13)

    Well, my glue gun was confiscated years ago. It was a family intervention. The most uncrafty individual you'll ever meet? THAT'S ME! But, honestly, I believe I could do this one.

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker

    Cute. Yep. Even I can glue and paint. I probably have at least 3 dozen frames on display. But I haven't counted.

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPammeey

    First of all, I'd have to figure out what a glue gun is, where to buy it, and how to use it. However, I'm 100% good to go with spray paint as long as drips are allowed.

    Must say these are adorable! I'd like one in a 36 x 12" please...I think would also be great to hang the Grandkids' artwork from.

    Last time I checked in possession of > 160 photo frames x dozens. Of course, not all on display in my house ;)

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    This is really cute!

    I have a lot of frames, but it is impossible to have too many.... right? ;-)

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracie

    Very cool! I am pretty Non crafty, but I love to go to craft fairs and appreciate others' talents.

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Sonoda

    You worked really hard making so many Christmas gifts--I really like my "Prayer" tray and now know how you made the letters; Thank You!

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    they turned out nice and I think anyone could make it.

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelley

    Lisa you never cease to amaze me. These look like something I would find in Restoration Hardware of high end boutique. I wouldn't dream of attempting it, but I love seeing how you do this.

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrown and Flown

    Lisa, that is such a great idea! Maybe "love" for Valentine's Day? I can't wait to give it a go. Thank you for sharing.

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

    You are so crafty and that is such a cute idea! I can try and make it but heck, I'm still trying to figure out how to make the post-a-note frame holder that you gave me two Christmases ago(another really cute idea)!

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie E.

    Adorable! Adorable! Adorable!

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

    Nice! I love Andrea's frame. I am thinking of simplifying this (yes, that's my specialty!)

    The "button" touch is precious! Looks lovely!

    I am inspired to make a frame - mine will be different! :D I was planning to start a craft a month - and am delighted to see you're already doing it. When I get around to posting my frame on my blog, I'll have two to offer my readers. Yours and mine. :D

    Hugs! Always wonderful to read your posts...but you know that already!

    Wishing you a wonderful time with your grandsons!

    January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVidya Sury

    How many frames? My first thought was 45. I have no idea why and now I am curious and must go count. BRB. I was close! 42 -- but we're only counting frames -- not just pictures stuck up everywhere! :)

    January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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