So I've been around on the site for a while now, but I never bothered to post any of my own projects yet. This is my first. I'm stumbling though the photo-hosting thing for the first time, so I hope this works...
I made this frame for my friend's birthday (only 4 days late! oops.) and I am so pleased with the outcome. I tend to slap things together without having much of a plan. I had a 12x14 or so frame that I bought on clearance at Michael's for $5, and an old sign from my office that was made of corrugated plastic, so I cut the center of the sign out & trimmed off the bottom so it fit over the frame, and glued it onto the original frame. Then I sort of fashioned a shelf with the leftovers and glued that on too. Then I painted a few pieces of pink & red construction paper with different mixes of gold & silver paint and tore them into small squares and decoupaged them all over. I ran out of squares, so the bottom, sides and front of the shelf are black painted construction paper. Because it wasn't taking NEARLY enough time, I took some gold rattail cord (also on sale at Michael's- only $1 for 10 yards, which I used most of.) and tried to do like a suspension bridge thing. I drilled holes through the plastic with my trusty Dremel and fought with the cord to thread through them. I used more of the gold-painted construction paper to cover where I attached the cords on the side with hot glue-that's why it looks so lumpy. If I did it again, I'd prolly create a false wall to cover that. Then I just covered the unfinished edges in more cord with hot glue. But the top looked too plain, so I took some wooden stars, drilled holes in them and glued 3 layers of sand onto them (I knew that bag of sand from my vacation would be useful) and mod-podged over them to somewhat seal them, and drilled more holes in the frame & attached them to the top. I used clear photo corners and 5 strips of photo-booth pictures my friend & I took (it's sort of an obsession- we like to bring props & we spend hours in the booth.) for the frame contents so she can switch them out if she wants. It hangs from the original frame's hardware and it's still pretty lightweight. I forgot to seal the whole thing, so when it's humid, it's still a little tacky from the mod podge but overall I am very pleased. She damn well better like it, or I'll take it back!
The little shelf at the bottom, and rattail cord to suspend the shelf, tho that's pretty much just decorative. I don't know that the shelf would hold more than maybe a set of keys!
this shows the "suspension system" a little better.
Any feedback is welcomed, and thanks for looking!
(wow- sorry this is so long!)