Thursday, January 19, 2012

$3 Thursday – Love frames

I know at least one of my readers will be happy to see that I’m finally sharing a non-card craft.  She’s been asking me for about two months what I’ve been crafting besides cards.
I found some great ornate mini frames at an after Christmas clearance sale and knew I had to pick them up as they would be perfect for a valentine display.
I really am surprised that there were any of these frames left but maybe most people were only looking at them as picture frames and didn’t have a use for such small frames.
Lucky for me I guess.
This really isn’t much of a craft as the great damask background was already in the frames.  I picked out four frames, (Well those of you who really know me know that I picked up more than four of the frames, more crafts to follow I think.)  and love stickers from my supply.
You may be lucky enough to find these or similar frames at Michael’s, where I bought mine at.  I think they have similar ones in the bridal section two for $3.

Edit:  I was at Michael's last week and they had these same style frames in their dollar bins for $1.50 each in bright, spring colors and also in some more muted colors that look antique glazed frames. 

I originally planned on die cutting some letters out but then I remembered that I had these letters in my stash.  I even remember buying these stickers last year for only a dollar.  I bought them at Target which usually had a good selection of seasonal embellishments for only a dollar.
Since my stickers were layered and I wanted them to stand out I just stuck them to the front of the frame.
Seriously I did tell you this was hardly a craft at all.  I think the hardest part of the ‘crafting’ was getting the frames out of the plastic bags.
If you attempt this hard craft project you might want to take the plastic, not glass, insert to cut down on the reflection but it does make moving the stickers around easier since you don’t have to worry about ripping the paper.
I’m hoping to be able to take the stickers off and change the letters to make new words to display seasonally.
I have more of all but the white frame so I can create longer words.  I’m thinking I might display either bliss, create or inspire for in my crafting area.
In the end I’m in love with my Ornate Mini Love Frames as they are now but can’t wait to update them.
Mini frames                $.45 each
Love stickers            $1.00
Total cost:   $2.90

I found my frames on clearance but you should be able to find similar frames for around a dollar each.  Look beyond the frame color if you don’t like the color as these could easily be spray painted another color.  I thought about using identical frames but liked the different colors and shapes of these frames, they screamed valentine to me.
I’d love to hear from you if you make a similar craft inspired by this one.

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  1. I think they are so cute and you can't beat the price!

  2. Oh I saw this frames after Christmas and put them back....ugh. What a great idea!!!!

  3. Wow! Great thrifting + great craft idea! Love it! Stopping by from TT&J!

  4. So this.great price

  5. Hi! Visiting from tt&j. What a cute project! And so thrifty too! I 'love' it! :)

    Also.. I would love for you to link these up to my Friday party if you get a chance!

  6. Boy, what a SCORE on a simple, inexpensive turned FAB craft idea! These look so lovely!! I added this to my Valentine's Day pinterest board. Thanks for the inspiration : )
    Jaimee @

  7. Easy, colorful, and festive! Nice! Would you consider sharing here?

  8. I've been eyeing those frames for a project and you did a great one. Turned out amazing. I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  9. Love these! I looked at similar frames in Target and thought they would be great from crafts. I should have bought them.

  10. Love this! And love the price too! I think those frames are just super cute. I hope you stop by my party and link up…

  11. I love simple crafts like this! I will be making a trip to the store soon to see if I can snag some frames. I would love it if you shared these at my party:

  12. SO cute! And it makes such an impact!

    If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up!

  13. How cute & easy!


  14. Very cute! I would love for you to link this up to our party!

  15. Those are adorable! I would love for you to share these at my Valentines Party @!

  16. Adorable! Love how sweet it all looks and what a deal!!! Would LOVE for you to link up to our Uncommonly Yours link party!!

  17. so sweet - great idea i may try as well. :)

  18. That is SO stinking cute! I saw those frames at Michaels and now I'm kicking myself for not buying some!!

    I would love for you to come link up at my weekly party going on right now "Thursdays are YOUR Days"!!

    I'm your newest follower! I love your cute blog!!

  19. This is just fabulous! I featured it on my Friday Favorites today. Come check it out :) Happy Friday to you!

  20. This turned out great. I love it!

  21. Love this! We will be featuring this tomorrow on our blog!

  22. I love this! I took the paper out of mine and replaced it with some of my valentines day scrapbooking paper, and traced my letters on to purple cardstock and added embellishments I bought from the dollar bin at target or WalMart and I had some heart punch outs that worked adorably


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