Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DIY: Subway Art Frame

My roommate's birthday was a few weeks back. I already had part of the gift planned - some really cool Stila eyeshadow and a few other make-up things, which I love and knew she would too. But I wanted to do something a bit more personal since she's so dear to me.

I came across this darling Subway art over at Kiki & Company. It was just the thing I was looking for!

Side note - so my friends and I always call patterns for projects "recipes" and I've had a hard time not doing that lately but I just can't help it! So...

You will need a blank wooden frame, acrylic paint (I used Apple Barrel by Plaid White and True Teal), scrapbook paper, white cardstock, Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze, sponge brush, and craft glue (I used Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue).

Step 1:  
Remove the glass (or in my case plastic) from the frame.  Prime frame with 2 coats of white paint. Let dry thoroughly in between layers. Then paint 2 coats of your desired color (also drying well between layers) and let dry. 

When it is completely dry, spray the entire frame with the Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area like outside (my roommates always gets mad when I do this in the house). Let the frame dry really well before handling again - ask how I know about that!

Step 2:
While that is drying, you can pick out your Subway Art for the frame. Like I mentioned, mine came from Kiki & Company. You can also do a search for "Free Subway Art" on Google for more ideas.

Funny thing was that I was trying to use the red and teal design on Kiki Creates. I didn't realize until it printed that my printer was out of magenta ink. Luckily, I love the way it turned out. To make it fit in my frame, I scaled it down to size in Photoshop and printed from there. I printed it on white cardstock to help the colors really stand out and make it sturdier. 

Step 3
This is my favorite part of any project - embellishing! I chose to make some 3D flowers and leaves with the colored cardstock. I love it because it is two-sided! I used my Silhouette to cut them and then glued them to the frame with the craft glue. You can find some ideas to make handmade flowers on my Favorite Flower Tutorials Round-up.
The best part of this project is that you can decide how you embellish the frame. You can use ribbons, buttons, stickers or vinyl cut outs. Personalize it and make it your own.

It turned out perfectly and she loved it! The best part of giving it to her was that I could finally take the sign off the craft room door warning her to stay out!

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  1. What a beautiful frame! I need something like that for MY craft room! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Becky! I'm so happy you like it! You definitely should make one. It was so easy and really brightens the place up!

  2. I LOVE THIS!! Love the flowers on the frame! I am your newest follower! Thanks for checking out my blog....You should definetly link this up to my "Homemade By You" link party!

    1. Thanks for the follow Katie and I'm glad you like it! :) I would be happy to stop by and link up!

  3. I so making this! My kids need this reminder daily!! (okay maybe their mom does too)
    Love your blog! (your blog background is awesome, so much texture)
    ~ Jen @

  4. Very cute. Thank you for linking up this week. I hope to see you again next week

  5. Hi Andi,

    What a beautiful handmade gift!

    Thank you for being a part of “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17! This week’s party is in full swing and I’d be honored if you’d come by and share more of your talent!

    Warmest wishes,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17