Today’s Awesome Crafter and Featured Writer is Fellow Blogger KK @ KnowledgeKnut
When I stumbled upon Jody’s blog (or maybe it was vice versa) I thought how fun it would be to submit a craft project for beach treasures that I was in the process of doing. I also thought it would give me the push (read shove) to finish it!
So, I have a series of pictures to accompany the steps. Even though I purchased this frame at Pier One, it would be incredibly easy to make. The frame is 1 ¼ thick, 21” tall, 18” wide. The wire could be replicated by using wire coat hangers (remember those?). You can paint the frame any color you like, even to compliment or contrast your décor. Consider what I will be showing you as something similar to a basic cookie dough recipe. You can change it up any way you want!
I actually got two frames from Pier One for 50% off each. They were marked down because the little clothes pins had been lost. I simply went to a craft store, purchased a bag of small pins and painted them the colors I wanted.
Then I sat looking at the frames for a long time wondering what in the heck I was going to do with them. My initial thought was B&W photos, but I don’t really have any of those and I don’t want vintage ones of people I don’t know! So I finally settled on beach treasures. Lord knows I have enough of them around the house. But after I fixed up the clothes pins and attached the shells and things, it looked so blah. That was when I came up with idea for a three dimensional look.
What I really want is a vintage map of Point Reyes Beach, Sir Francis Drake Beach, etc. These maps can run high ($$$), so my girlfriend found something else for me. She says this is drawer liner (very nice weight). Subsequently, I decided to give that a try for now. The other thing I needed was something for the front of the frame. I found vintage, used fishing net (not fishy), for a really great price on e-Bay (what can’t you find on e-Bay?). I’m all set, ready?
3D Picture Frame(s)
The frames measure 21” T x 18” x W 1 ¼” thick. I would imagine that any width of wood would work, and you can make it whatever size you need. For informational purposes, these frames have 9 slots (for want of a better word). The wire used is approximately the thickness of a wire hanger, perhaps a bit thicker, but it is really not necessary to go that thick.
1. First thing I did was go to the craft store for those clothes pins. Then I painted them. As you can see from the finished picture – I can’t count – I left one out!
2. The next thing I did was play around with the beach treasures. Some things were too heavy, some things hung funny, some things looked funny and I wanted a mix of sizes, shapes and objects.
3. I attached the painted, dried, pins. I noticed this could be done a couple of ways and am still playing around with that. Then I got my supplies in order: beach treasures, backing, netting, tape and staple gun.
4. I played around with the layout of the map (backing) versus the placement of the treasures for maximum effect.
5. I marked where I needed to cut the backing and then temporarily taped it to the frame. This way I can make sure it is straight, before I staple gun it to the frame.
6. Depending upon how I want the net, I may attach the treasures first, then place the net on top or work the net into some of the treasures so things look tangled. Still playing with that idea.
7. Finished (almost) look! Lots of fun and I am getting ready to do my second frame!
Jody’s note: Wow! What a creative way to display and decorate with beach treasures! Wouldn’t this be the perfect gift for the beach enthusiast on your list? Imagine the possibilities.
KK, thank you so much for sharing your amazing creativity with us!
About KK: Just this week, I made my acting debut at Stage 3 in Sonora, in the production of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon. I also recently did a radio show on breast cancer, attended an awesome, local, empowerment retreat , am creating a very popular blog, wrote an article for my local paper, The Union Democrat, and am working on publishing my first book. My curiosity is boundless, which has led me on a very interesting life path. Let me show you.
I currently hold degrees or certificates in the following fields: Master Gardener; Educational Therapist Certification (well almost); Foundation Certificate in Gemmology (Great Britain); BA in Law Studies; Paralegal Certificate; AA in Language & Literature and; Gourmet Cooking & Catering Certificate. I speak 6 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Farsi), some of them very poorly, but at least I can find the restroom!
Please come visit me, I can promise to put a smile on your face, or maybe even make you laugh. You may stumble across one of my “thinking” posts or may simply be entertained by the photography. Either way, I promise it will be fun!