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Hi, Jennifer here….. I thought I would show you a fun way to jazz up a cheap picture frame. I happened to get mine at Micheal’s, but you could use any picture frame. These are the products that I used

I have to admit, I did add a few other products as I got going, but I will cover what they were as we come to them.
The first step is to paint your frame with gesso. This allows you to adhere paint and paper to the frame. If you have never heard of gesso before, I highly recommend getting some if you plan to alter items. Gesso is like a miracle medium! This is what the frame looks like with a coat of gesso on it. The whole idea is for the frame to look distressed so don’t worry about applying the gesso evenly, it adds to the character later.


I then took pummice stone distress ink and inked up my frame. It is hard to see in the photo, but there is quite a bit of distress ink around the frame in random spots. I die cut a piece of Webster’s Pages paper with the scallop die from My Favorite Things and I distressed that as well with the ink. I adhered that with glue so that it was well attached. At this point I added a product….. I decided I wanted some stamping on the frame to add to the distressing. I took a music stamp from the Dear Lizzy whistle set and I randomly stamped it on the frame and paper in the distress ink.
The next step is to adhere the Prima flower spray to the frame. I separated the stems a bit to add some width to the spray. I glued it on with hot glue since the spray is fairly heavy and I don’t want it to come off.
I then added the yellow Prima flowers throughout the blue flower spray. My clustering flower tip is to place the flowers where you think you want them and look at it all together before you glue them on, that way you can move them around until you are happy with their placement. You can also add more at that time too (which is usually what I do)

 The top yellow flower is from the dollar store but it worked well here. I glued the Prima lace around the frame opening using Fabri-tac. it is great glue to use when attaching ribbons. I added some small white flowers that I got in a fabric store and some pearls to add some weight to those small white flowers. The finishing touch is the sheer yellow bow that I tucked in. The ribbon is a little sneak peek of great things to come. I hope this tutorial inspired you to create your very own shabby chic picture frame

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