Friday, February 4, 2011

Framed hearts

I created this with thrift items and stash  for very little cost.
Back during Christmas I saw these felt heart ornaments at Target. They have glitter on them. I immediately thought "Valentine's Day project." I took my chances and waited for the after Christmas clearance. I got lucky! I got them at 50% off and got three of them! (50 cents each)

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Habitat Home store and found the perfect frame for $1.50. You must see the before shot to appreciate this.

The mat inside has some yucky brown stains.  I removed the glass and mat. I cleaned the frame, lightly sanded it and painted it with some acrylic paint from Michael's and foam brush (both purchased on sale- paint 3 for $1 or  33 cents and brush 14 for 1.00 or .07 cents).

When it dried, the finish was really flat, almost chalk like. Not what I wanted. So it had to have a top coat. I searched my stash and found some Triple Thick. This stuff creates a very shiny thick, epoxy-like finish.

Next I got some fabric from my stash- a black and white paisley print. I'm pretty sure this came from my grandmother's stash. After playing around with finding a way to make this interchangeable so I can reuse the frame, and consulting with my hubby who always has great ideas, I "borrowed" some poster board from his stash.  I cut the poster board the size of the frame mat. In order to get the material to lay flat and smooth, I attached it to the poster board piece with spray adhesive (another item on hand from previous craft projects). 

I inserted this piece along with the backing piece into the frame. (I can later remove this piece and replace it with another mat for another holiday or decor theme.)

I removed the ribbon hangers from the ornaments and covered the holes these were tied into with a red rhinestones- also in the stash.  I attached the hearts to my fabric panel with glue dots. And viola! A really inexpensive piece of Valentine's decor that I'm really happy with. Total spent: $3.64 (not including cost if items in existing stash.)

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  1. Wow this is adorable! Love the red with black and white, nice contrast.

  2. So Cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party @


    The Treasurista
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  3. I am so excited to make these. You have some great ideas!

    I would like to give you the Stylish Blogger Award because I think your blog is full of great ideas!

    If you'd like, come on over to my blog and accept it!

    Happy Weekend!


  4. look at you! being fabulously thrifty AND planning ahead! awesome! <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  5. Super cute!!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now that you might be interested in!


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