How To Make a Lacy Glitter Picture Frame

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How to Make a Lacy Glitter Frame

 

I’m always looking for DIY or craft projects that pack a lot of bang for their buck.  I do this for a few reasons.  While I like pretty things and cute projects, if I’m going to put my time, money, and effort into a project, I want it to be useful and memorable.  I want someone to say “you MADE that?!?!”  rather than “oh, yeah, she made that. *rolls eyes*”

I think that this lacy frame fits the bill.  This is a great gift for the engaged couple, goes fabulously in a shabby chic environment, and, depending upon the colors and pattern you used, could really fit into any décor.

Materials Needed

Frame – I used an unfinished wood frame from Joann’s. 
Glitter – I used Azurite from Martha Stewart Crafts
Lace fabric – I bought ¼ yard and used just a small piece of it.
Paint – I used spray paint.  You can easily use acrylic paint.
Spray Adhesive
Spray Sealer

Directions

Frame painted off-white

Take your frame and paint it and color you’d like.  I used an unfinished wood frame, and it was nice and smooth, so I didn’t have any prep work to do.  If you’re using an old frame, you’ll want to clean and sand it to prepare it. 

I went with a creamy off-white paint color, for the high contrast.  While I used spray paint, acrylic paint works perfectly, as well.  Acrylic paint may even be a little bit easier.  Let dry. 

Painted Frame with Lace
 

Once the paint is dry, spray the frame with spray adhesive and let it set for a minute or two to get tacky.    Apply the lace to the frame, making sure that it‘s stuck down really well and there are no wrinkles.  

How to make a Lacy Glitter Frame
 

Place a couple pieces of paper down over your workspace.  Place your frame on top of the paper.  Sprinkle glitter liberally all over the frame and lace.  Shake excess off over your paper. 

How to make a lacy glitter picture frame

You may want to tap your frame a couple times to really get the glitter off.  If desired, you can sprinkle the frame with glitter again and repeat the shaking the excess off. 

How to make a Lacy Glitter frame
 

Remove the lace.  You should have the pattern of your lace on your frame, in sparkling glitter!  Allow to dry for about 20-30 minutes.   You can see a couple places where I didn't have the lace completely stuck down. 

How to Make a Lacy glitter picture frame

Close up of the detail

Once dry, spray with a spray sealer.  This will make sure that your glitter doesn’t fall off.  It will also help to keep dust or debris from sticking to your frame.  If you like a glassy finish, you can apply two or three coats of the spray sealer. 

How to make  Lacy Glitter Frame

You now have a project that is impressive and looks like it was a lot of work.  They’ll never know how quick and easy it really was. 

Total cost: $15, if you need to buy everything, including the adhesive and the sealer.  Of course, the more things you have, the less the project costs. 

Total time: An hour or so, including drying time for paint and adhesive, but not including sealer. 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    This looks like a great craft idea for a sleepover, take a picture with everyone and then have them make their own frames.  Also it would keep them out of trouble.  Thanks!

  2. ANN*H says

    These are nice for gifts. They also would be something the older kids could design and make for Christmas . Thanks for the information how to make them. I have lots of pictures on my walls LOL

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