I have a whole stack in the garage waiting for me to find the time to get to work on them.
Some will be turned into chalk boards, some will be re-sprayed, a collection will be arranged together to display old photographs in, some will house Ruby's works of art...
All I need is a few spare hours...
This weekend, I found half an hour to do a quick makeover on a little frame I picked up for a couple of pounds a while back. Since I'd re-arranged my office/study/craft room, it seemed like the perfect time. It's super-simple to do and looks really effective (I think!)
These are great as desk organisers, or to hang in a hallway for mail - you could label up each pocket for each family member's post.
You will need:
- A frame (it doesn't have to be gilt, any would do depending on your style. You can paint or spray it a subtle pastel colour, or a bright, vibrant gloss if you prefer)
- Fabric (I've used hessian - burlap to our American friends - but you can use linen or patterned cotton, again, depending on your style)
- Staple gun
Carefully remove the original picture and glass if it has any. Put aside in case someone informs you at a later date that it's a Renoir.
Measure out a strip of fabric at least 4 cm wider than your frame and double the height - you will first need to work out whether you are having it portrait or landscape. I tend to cut my fabric AFTER I've finished, but if it's a large piece you may need to trim it down first so it's not too unwieldy.
Iron your fabric to remove creases. Then, working from the bottom, start folding upwards to create 'pockets'. Iron the folds as you go to make them nice and crisp and keep in place.
Keep folding until you have the desired amount of flaps. Place the frame over to check it fits ok and you are happy with the look.
Flip over and staple gun onto the back of the frame, keeping the fabric taught but being careful not to distort your folds. Trim if necessary, and if your fabric is prone to fraying like hessian, fold over and staple the excess again.
Et voila! It's ready to hang on the wall or stand on your desk. Get ready for your new, organised life.
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