Monday, December 5, 2011

Knock-off Organic Bloom frames

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So we've all seen and drooled over the Organic Bloom frames.  Maybe you even have a few?  They're fun, versatile, and are available in gorgeous shapes and colors!  ...........


 
 My only problem with them is the [ridiculous] prices!
$30-60 for one??!   Ahem.
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Anyway! This baby right here, is the inspiration for this $8 [each frame] DIY project. The "Lucy" frame. I love the curves and rectangular body. 

To get started, you'll need a wood plaque, any shape or size, as long as it's slightly larger than your photo print, and paint. [my plaques are from Hobby Lobby, $2.99 each!

 Paint the plague, giving it a thorough coat.
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 Once completely dry, use a piece of fine-grain sandpaper and gently rub the edges and corners of the plaque.     [Above, you can see what you're trying to achieve]

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How easy was that?? Now we're ready for photos!..... 


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Picking up where I left off yesterday, my wood plaques are ready, after being painted & distressed. 
It's time to add photos. 
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You need a photo, slightly smaller than your plaque.
[ I trimmed this 8x10" to fit, and rounded the corners. ]

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There's a couple options for applying photos: 

1.)  If you change out photos frequently, and want to be able to, I recommend using sticky-tack as your adhesive. {pretty self explanatory}

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2.)  If you want the photo to be permanent - you'll need Mod Podge, a foam brush, and a dry rag.

Using Mod Podge...
- brush a layer of Mod Podge on the back of your photo.
- brush a layer of Mod Podge on the face of your plaque.
  - center your photo on the plaque, pressing it down
- smooth out bubbles with your rag, rubbing in circular motions.
Let set 5 minutes.
-  finish by brushing a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo edges & corners
* Above right, you can see the streaky residue of Mod Podge, it'll dry clear
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My plaques didn't have holes or hangers on the back,
so I added ribbon to one of the plaques, using hot glue.
The finished product....
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Each plaque ended up costing me approx. $8.00 to create, you can't beat that!


Happy Creating!



8 comments:

  1. I love the organic bloom frames and have been coveting them for some time. I can't wait to see part two!

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  2. I did this exact same thing today! Yours look beautiful!

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  3. These are super cute!! Love the thrifty alternative! And your colors are awesome too. Love them!

    Please feel free to link these up to my Friday party going on til tomorrow! :)

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  4. This is such a good idea! I love their frames too.
    Thanks for following my blog. I am already a follower of your cute blog.
    XO
    Isabelle

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I too love the look of those frames but simply can't afford them. I will be going and buying me some plaques soon to make these. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

    http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-it-up-wednesday-6.html

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  6. Oh wow I hadn't thought to do that! What a great idea for a pretty frame!

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  7. That is such an awesome gift idea! Please stop by and link up with our Crafty Christmas Gifts http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/2011/12/crafty-christmas-link-up-party.html

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  8. LOVE the colors! Such a cute idea. I've never seen the frames before . But, I really like YOUR version!! Btw- your blog design is super duper cute!

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