I’ve seen some pretty cool looking frames around the blog world lately. Taking an old frame and turning it into something new is something I love to do, but never seem to have the time anymore. I have noticed that a lot of crafters are using vinyl lettering to dress up their projects. Those vinyl letters are truly awesome, but I didn’t have any… so I improvised. I used several items from around the house in order to make my own letters. Here’s how to make your own.
Decorative Framed Map
an old cheap 8×10 frame, missing the glass
page out of a road atlas
a strip of burlap
a brown paper grocery bag
thick piece of cardboard
Measure the inside of the frame, then cut your cardboard just slightly smaller than that (by about a centimeter). Decide where you want your map positioned, then use a glue stick to attach the cardboard to the back of it.
Turn it over and smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles, making sure your map surface is nice and flat. Turn it back over and glue the excess map to the back of the cardboard.
When dry, spray it with an acrylic sealer, gloss or matte, whatever you prefer. You can even use a little bit of white glue mixed with water to add a coat of sealant.
Next, position it over the top of the black section of the bag and trace around the letters using a pen.
The indentations will carry through to the bag. Carefully cut the letters out, use a craft knife to get the center of the letters “a” and “o”.
To see other great craft projects from this week, visit the following Craft Carnivals that I am participating in (see the McLinky below)!