Nov 25, 2015

Thrifted Frames for Family Pictures


Hello again friends. Feels like forever since I sat down at this table with something fun to share. A lot has happened since we last chatted. The biggest thing? The twins are here! Actually, they're almost four months old! I am just now finding time to do a few projects here and there. One thing we did do recently was get our family (of 7...eek!) pictures made. It had been almost six years since we had taken our last ones and with the arrival of the twins was high on my to do list. 

They turned out so good! If your looking for a local photographer in Western North Carolina I would love to recommend one. Of course I want to frame each one but who can afford to do that, right? Well if you're a thrifty nifty shopper like me you can. ;) Here's what you do:

#1 FIND OUTDATED OR FUNKY FRAMED ARTWORK AT THRIFT STORE ( Hello, little boy sitting on a sand dune.) I only paid $2.50 for it because it was half off day!



#2 RIP THE BROWN PAPER OR VELVET OFF THE BACK and USE A SCREWDRIVER TO BEND THE STAPLES BACK.
 




#3 PLACE PRINTED PHOTO OVER ARTWORK ( I used a printed 8x10 and glued directly on top of the little boy.)


Yes, that smaller frame is from the thrift store as well. For only a buck!

TIPS FOR FINDING FRAMES TO USE
  • One main key to picking up cute usable frames is to shop thrift stores often. I like to go in a few times a month. They're always changing stock from day to day. 
  • Don't be afraid of the artwork - you can cover this up.
  • Don't be afraid of the color - you can change this too.
  • Decide if the frame will be hung on a wall or sat on a table. If you decide it's a table top frame make sure the stand is attached and works. 
  • Remember you can have a piece of glass cut, for a few bucks, if you find a frame you love that doesn't have any.
  • Have a photo and a place for the frame before you buy it. No one needs a hundred empty frames sitting around taking up space. 
  • Clean the frames inside and out.
Honestly this is one of my favorite things to do for cheap and easy home decorating. I hope it's inspired you to get out to thrift stores and get your creativity flowing.

Lots of love
-S
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