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  • Recipe Card Shadow Box

    September 07, 2022

    No one makes a cheesecake quite like dear old Mema! If you’re lucky enough to get that recipe from her, especially one handwritten in her special cursive style, you may want to commemorate it in a shadow box in your kitchen space. Our Gilbert shadow box, like all our shadow box frames, includes a UV-resistant acrylic which will protect this irreplaceable piece of family history.

    Recipe Card Shadow Box Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Gilbert Shadow Box with Cocoa Suede backer
    • Patterned Paper
    • Recipe cards
    • Baking accessories: measuring spoons, cookie cutters
    • Hot Glue

    Recipe Card Shadow Box Step 1

    While you might be up for framing this piece of family history now, you might want access to these recipe cards in the future. Create your own photo corners by using acid-free patterned paper. Cut strips into ½-inch x 2-inch pieces. Fold the two ends underneath to form a triangle shape, as shown. Slip these pieces on the corner of each recipe card.

    Recipe Card Shadow Box Step 2

    To mount the cards in the shadow box apply adhesive on the back of the photo corners only and add to your shadow box backer. Arrange to allow for room for other accessories to add some character and tell a story. The great part about a shadow box is the depth that allows you to add three-dimensional elements to it!  

    Recipe Card Shadow Box Step 3

    Adhere accessories, such as vintage cookie cutters or measuring spoons to the frame using hot glue. Bonus if they’re actually from the recipe writer themselves!

    Recipe Card Shadow Box

    Mount in the frame with the UV acrylic held in front which will stop it from fading or being discolored.

    Recipe Card Shadow Box

    Recipe Card Shadow Box Close Up

    Display this shadow box in the place where recipes are made and add it to your kitchen display for an easy read when making that famous Mema cheesecake!

    Recipe Box Shadow Box Tutorial Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Wood Barn Quilt Art

    August 17, 2022

    Add some country flair to your walls with a DIY wood barn quilt art!  This art style is traditionally made of wood scraps, but we’ll showcase how to make it using a cheap wood tumbler game found at the dollar store. These wood blocks can easily be cut, stained, painted and laid out in a pattern of your choice. Enjoy the puzzle aspect of this craft and be in awe of the outcome that stands out in the natural wood of our Nesta Floater Frame.

    DIY Wood Barn Quilt Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Nesta Frame 10 x 10”
    • Dollar store wood tumbler game(s)
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • Stain or paint (optional)
    • Rag or paintbrush
    • Rubber gloves

    Wood Barn Quilt Step 1

    Open up your box (or two) of the wood tumbler game and sort them by your desired attributes. It could be by wood grain, color, textural patterns, or anything that will help distinguish a pattern.

    Wood Barn Quilt Step 2

    Lay out your pattern and adhere to your foam board backer in any pattern you desire. Tip: try not to get any excess glue on the fronts or else it won’t take the stain.

    If any pieces hang off, use a saw to cut them square to fit the frame.

    Wood Barn Quilt Step 3

    Use a rag to apply a light layer of stain to give your wood pieces some character. Wipe the excess stain off with a new rag.

    Allow to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area. Once dry, frame in your Nesta frame using canvas clips on the back.

    Wood Barn Quilt Art Final Product

    While wood barn quilts are traditionally meant to hang outdoors, we suggest keeping this one inside.

    DIY Wood Barn Quilt Art Project

    No one will know this puzzling piece was made with a cheap dollar store game, but instead, they’ll be in awe at this farmhouse-inspired beauty!


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Macrame Frame

    June 29, 2022

    Bring on the boho vibes and get your macramé on! Pair your favorite wood frame with macramé cording to create this texture-filled wall art piece. Once you learn some basic knots used in macramé, your confidence will grow as you mix and match them to design a dimensional photo display in your home. The rustic grooves of our Bruno frame are the perfect complement to this bohemian-style craft that can be displayed just as easily in your living room as your bedroom space.

    Macrame Frame Project Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Bruno Frame
    • Macrame Cord
    • Wood Beads
    • Scissors
    • Printed 4 x 6 photo
    • Optional: Artificial Flowers

    Get comfy as this craft might take a little more time than you thought, but the outcome is so worth it! Before diving into the tips and tricks to make this photo-style macramé piece, let’s first review three popular knots used in macramé.

     LARK’S HEAD KNOT

    Lark's Head Knot Macrame Frame

    The lark’s head knot is used to secure your cord onto the base, which, in this case, is a wood Bruno frame.

    Start by cutting long pieces of cord 8 times the length of the frame. Fold one piece of cord in half with the loop under the top of your frame. Fold the long ends over the frame and pass through the loop.

    Pull to tighten the frame.

    Lark's Head Knot Macrame Frame Step 2

    Repeat to attach all cords to the frame. Our DIY Macrame Frame uses 18 cords attached with this lark’s head knots. Tip: If you plan to use a lot of square knots, which we will show you next, make the total number of cords on your frame divisible by 4.

    SQUARE KNOT

    Square Knot Macrame Frame

    The second most popular knot in macrame is the square knot which uses 4 strands of cord. We’ve labeled them 1,2,3 and 4 from left to right.

    Take cord 1 and fold over 2 and 3, then under cord 4.

    Take cord 4 and fold under 3 and 2, then over cord 1.

    Pull both 1 and 4 to tighten the first half of this knot. Note: the cords have now switched places slightly so now they are listed as 4, 2, 3, 1 going from left to right.

    Next, take cord 1 (which is now on the right) and fold over 3 and 2, then under cord 4.

    Take cord 4 and fold under 2 and 3 then over cord 1.

    Pull both 4 and 1 to tighten the square knot.

    Square Knots Macrame Frame Step

    Square knots can be repeated with the same cords or you can skip the first two in a row and use the next four to create an alternating square knot pattern. 

    SPIRAL KNOT

    Spiral Knot Macrame Frame

    A spiral knot can be made with as few as 2 cords, but here we are showing it with four.

    Take the left-most cord and fold over the group, then behind and back over itself. Pull tight and the knot moves to the top. Repeat this step with the same left-most cord. As you create these repeat knots, they will spiral around the section, hence the name.

    This knot can also be done going the other direction with the right-most cord. This is a great knot to complete on either side of a threaded wood bead, as seen here.

    PHOTO AREA

    Macrame Photo Frame

    To create the photo area of this DIY Macrame Frame, we created a series of square knots with the 4 left most strands and the 4 right most strands. The ten strands in the middle were knotted together with an alternating square knot pattern to make it more full.

    Macrame Frame Final Cropped

    Once knots have formed that match the height of the photo (in this case, 4 inches), tie all the strands together using a row of square knots. You’ll then be able to slide a photo in, securing it with the vertical columns of square knots on the left and right sides.

    FINISHING THE FRAME

    Finishing Macrame Frame

    To finish the frame, secure your cords on the bottom of the frame with knots underneath.

    Macrame Frame Fringe

    Trim the excess cord, leaving a few inches. Unwind the braided ends and use a comb to separate the pieces with a fringe effect.

    Macrame Frame Bottom Cropped

    Embellish your macramé frame by slipping in artificial flowers and a favorite photo print.

    Macrame Frame Final Project Vertical

    Add hanging hardware and display! You’re KNOT going to regret the time spent on this bohemian-style creation!  

    DIY Macrame Frame

    DIY Macrame Frame Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Bee String Art

    June 15, 2022

    We’ve got a new craft that we know you’ll be buzzing about – string art! String art is a 3-dimensional craft with endless design possibilities! This mindless and relaxing craft can be completed alone or works great as a girls’ night craft activity. Follow our tips on how to create a handmade bee string art creation using our free template. Finish it with a Ryder canvas frame that adds the perfect hint of sweetness with its metallic finish and strong construction.

    Bee String Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Ryder Canvas Floater Frame
    • Bee string art template (get it free here
    • Acrylic paint (white, yellow, gold)
    • ¾ x 16 Wire nails
    • Hammer
    • Crochet string (black)
    • Wood base cut to fit inside the frame
    • Pencil
    • Painter’s Tape
    • Craft Knife
    • Paintbrushes

    Bee String Art Step 1

    First, paint the background of your wood base with white acrylic paint. Add honeycomb accents using the stencil from page 2 of our template. To obtain a shiny metallic look, we first painted these shapes with a mustard yellow cover before overlaying them with metallic gold.

    Bee String Art Step 2

    Once dry, tape down the bee stencil shape.  

    Use a hammer to nail in wire nails following the pattern. Start with nails at the key points (like corners and the tops of curves) and continue adding them around the shape at set intervals. We did ours about every ½ inch.

    Bee String Art Step 3

    First, start by drawing around the outline of a shape with your string. Cut a piece of black string to about 4 feet and tie it onto one nail. Wrap the string around each nail on the outside of the design element. Repeat a few times to make any outlines darker and thicker.

    Bee String Art Step 4

    For any areas, you wish to fill in, like the head and body parts of the bee, criss-cross the string around the inside areas, wrapping around nails occasionally to secure. Tie the end of the string on a nail and trim any excess string. Tuck it in to hide the loose end.

    Bee String Art Finished Project

    To display, secure into Ryder frame using canvas clips and add hanging hardware on the back. Proudly display your bee string art in the kitchen, living room or any place you need a little sweetness.

    DIY Bee String Art

    Bee String Art Vertical

    DIY Bee String Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Free Abstract Wall Art Printables

    June 13, 2022

    The perfect way to fill up blank space on a wall is to add some framed art. While we've got your covered with our huge selection of custom frames, the perfect art can sometimes be hard to find. That's why we decided to create free printable abstract art for you to enjoy.

    free abstract art printables

    Why Printable Art?

    Printable art is a great way to decorate your space. Most printable art is inexpensive (or free like our abstract art). That allows you to switch up your art easily and affordably for each season or when your tastes change.

    You can print the files from your home printer or can get the files printed locally. But if you're looking to purchase frames as well, you can take advantage of our custom printing service. Just choose "print & frame" on any picture frame or canvas frame and upload the file.

    Choose Your Size

    It's important to know what size your file will print at. Our free printable abstract art files are available in a variety of common frame sizes. First, measure the space where your art will go. Then you can download printable art that fits the space.

    When using our print and frame service, you can also add a mat to your custom framed print. This will add to the overall size of your frame but can really help to elevate any art, like our free abstract wall art printables.

    Save the files to your device in the size that's right for your space and uploading is easy.

    Printable Abstract Art Style 1

    Download: 8x10 inches | 12x18 inches | 16x20 inches | 24x36 inches

    Free Abstract Printable Style 2

    Download: 8x10 inches | 12x18 inches | 16x20 inches | 24x36 inches

    Free Printable Abstract Art Style 3

    Download: 8x10 inches | 12x18 inches | 16x20 inches | 24x36 inches

    We hope you enjoy this free printable abstract art. Stay tuned for more free printables on the blog!

    PLEASE NOTE: These free printable wall art files are for personal use only. Thanks!

    Free Printable Abstract Art Pin


    About The Author

    Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.