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Craft Show Displays : Part 2 – Refinishing Picture Frames

Part 2 of my 3 part Craft Show tips series!  If you haven’t read Part 1, go ahead and do so now, so you can see why I’m doing this!  In part 1, I showed you how I turned two thrift store frames into jewelry stands, and in this part, I’m going to show you how I refinished a bunch of funky frames so that they all matched and had a cohesive look.

But first, let me show you the “before” shot. In part 1, I mentioned that I bought $29 worth of items to refinish, repurpose and reuse in my booth, and here’s everything I scored (at Goodwill) for less than $30!

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The Texas shaped basket was the most expensive item at $4, but since we now live in Texas, I’ve learned the people here are fiercely proud of their state!  I intend on making a few Texas themed metal stamped items and displaying them in this basket, and I really thought it would be appropriate.  The two beige frames in the top row are from Part 1 of this series where I turned them into burlap jewelry stands.  The wooden board on the right will be turned into a chalkboard sign (in part 3!), and I’ll also discuss what I’m using the basket and 2 vases for on the middle right in part 3.

Right now, lets focus on all these frames!  I wanted uniquely shaped and decorated frames to showcase some of my photography work, and I knew I’d refinish them, so I didn’t care so much what color they were, but rather their shape and matter of ornate-ness.  Here’s the ones we’re going to refinish:IMG_3650.JPG

To prepare the frames, begin by dismantling them to remove the glass, innards and backing.  You’ll also want to wipe them down with a damp towel, allow them to dry, and lightly sand them with 220 grit sand paper to rough up their surface.  Lay them outside on a tarp or newspaper in a well-ventilated area.  If you have some wooden blocks, you might want to prop them up so you can easily spray the sides, but if not, laying them on your tarp will work just fine.

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To get the frames ready for their paint, I highly suggest priming them.  This will help whatever paint you are using better adhere to the frame.  My favorite is Krylon All-Purpose Gray Interior and Exterior Decorator Primer , but if you have a lot of plastic frames, Krylon Plastic Primer might work better for you.  Whatever you go with, read and follow all directions for that product.  For me, it included spraying them and waiting 10 minutes before moving on to the color.

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Like I mentioned, I wanted a cohesive look, so I picked two colors to paint all of my frames – I wanted to match the teal in my photography logo, so I went with Krylon Catalina Mist for half of the frames, and plain white for the other half.  Check out how pretty it looks (on my favorite frame of the bunch!)

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I ended up needing two coats of spray paint to fully coat the frames.  Make sure you follow the directions for drying time between coats.

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I can’t wait to pick out my favorite prints from my sessions to fill these frames with!  The long rectangular one in the front is a mirror so that customers purchasing jewelry can see what it looks like while wearing it.

Stay tuned for part 3!

Easy DIY Craft Show Displays

I am going to do a 3 part series on setting up a craft show booth on the cheap.  Craft shows can be quite the investment – not only in your supplies and time, but in all of the little odds and ends it takes to make your booth/table look warm and inviting so customers want to stop and look at (and buy!) your items.  This is part 1 –  easy DIY Craft Show Displays.

Surprisingly, I haven’t done many craft shows in my day – in fact, I’ve only ever done one and it was pretty much a flop, so I’ve steered clear of them ever since.  But since moving to a new area, I want to get my name out there, both with my metal stamping (Etsy shop) and my Photography business, so I’ve decided to try out some local craft shows.  I really don’t plan on selling much since my metal stamping consists mainly of custom, personalized, work, and I really just want to show some samples of my photography and hand out business cards for both.  However, I will need a way of displaying my work, and I really didn’t want to break the bank because you never know what kind of return a craft show investment will yield!

My solution? Goodwill (or your favorite thrift shop of choice!).  I went in with the intent of spending no more than $25 to find some unique display ideas.  I was very open to refinishing or repurposing items, so I spent nearly an hour in there combing through the housewares department.  I ended up spending $29, which is pretty darn close!  I’ll share more of what I purchased in the next two installments of my series, but these displays were so easy and so quick, I decided to start with them!

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For this display, I purchased two of these Anne Geddes style photographs (for just $1.99 each!). What’s inside the frame doesn’t matter – the frame itself is what matters, and I loved the vintage, classic style of this cream colored frame.  The opening is 8×10, which is a perfect size for my jewelry.  You can go larger, but I wouldn’t recommend any smaller than 8×10.

In addition to your frame, you’ll also need some 1/2 foam, burlap (or fabric of your choice) and a hot glue gun.  The amount of foam and fabric will depend on how many frames you are making, and their size, but figure on about just less than 1/2 yard of fabric for every 2 frames, and 8 inches of foam for every 8×10 frame.IMG_3686.JPG

To begin, clean your frame (or repaint if desired!), and dismantle it.  You can discard the glass and photo (or if you’re like me, hold on to the glass, because you never know when you’ll need it!). You will need the backing, or a piece of cardboard the size of your opening.

Cut the foam slightly smaller than the backing (so for my 8×10 frame, I cut my foam 7 3/4 x 9 3/4) and cut the fabric 3 inches wider and longer (mine was 11×13).  Glue the foam to the backing.  Lay your fabric or burlap onto a flat surface, right side down.  Lay the backing on top of the fabric, foam side down.  Begin wrapping the fabric around the foam and backing like you would re-upholster a piece of furniture – I start in the opposite corners, placing a blob of hot glue, wrapping the fabric down and holding until cool.  Complete with the other two corners, making sure you pull taut.

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When all four corners are secure, begin wrapping and gluing the edges in the same manner.

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When all of the glue is dry, re-assemble the frame, and use straight pins to hold your jewelry at your next craft show!

 

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