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DIY of the Week – Rock Photo Holder

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Hi there!

So, it seems that we’ve hit upon a bit of a trend in August (completely unintentional, we promise). It seems that all of our DIYs for the month have featured rocks! (Maybe because August was so rocking?) So, in keeping with this trend, we’ll round off with the last project of the month also featuring, you guessed it, rocks.

This one is also pretty easy to do, and is a great way to personalize a work table or a quiet corner in your home. So, let’s get started!

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

What you need :

1. Rocks (any shape, size and number, as per your preference – though it’s easier to use smoother rocks the first time around)

2. Copper wire

3. Needle nose pliers

4. Paint (at least one dark color as base, and one light (or white) for contrast)

5. Paintbrush

6. Marker or thick pen

7. Varnish or mod podge (if you wish)

Image source - Crafted in Carhartt

Image source – Crafted in Carhartt

 

What to do:

Step 1

After washing and drying the rocks, paint them over with the base colors. You might have to give several coats to make the color stand out, instead of showing light and transparent.

 

Step 2

Once completely dried, paint small repetitive designs with the contrasting light shade. You can make lines, stripes, dots, stars, or whatever else takes your fancy. Once dry, top off with a coat of varnish to seal the colors in. (This is not compulsory, but suggested, as it ensures that your paint colors don’t fade quickly.)

Image source - One Little Project

Image source – One Little Project

 

Step 3

Take the edge of the wire, and loop it around the middle of the marker, then, straightening the remaining end, slide the marker out of the loop. Now, take the other end of the wire and loop it three or four times around the rock.

Image source - Sometimes Homemade

Image source – Sometimes Homemade

Image source - Jenny Doh

Image source – Jenny Doh

 

Step 4

Now just take any photograph, postcard, note, and slip it between the smaller loops, and your photo holder is customized and ready for display!

Image source - Rustic Crafts

Image source – Rustic Crafts

5 DIY Ideas to Jazz up Boring Photo Frames

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Photo frames are better loved than the reticent album because they proudly display your memories to all who set eyes on them. Complete with fold-able stands and easy to hang hooks, these boastful objects can be easily placed on your wall or desk or shelf. But, because of their value, photo frames are often sold at exorbitant prices. Just a bit of glitter or an extra rose can jack up the price by a couple of hundred rupees. Why let these easy-to-make objects burn a hole in your pocket, right? With a bit of patience and dedication, you can design your own photo frames, and guess what, they can be infinitely more creative than the ones you purchase from stores. Here are 5 ingenious ideas to add that extra something to your homemade frame.

Bottle cap frames

If you’re a beer lover, you’re sure to end up popping open a couple of bottles every month. Instead of discarding the caps, collect them in a box and after you’ve built up a decent collection, use these caps to decorate wooden frames. Use a hot glue gun to stick these caps on the borders of the frame in creative patterns.

bottle cap

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Circuit board frames

This is perfect for tech geeks. Attach strips of circuit boards on the borders to frames to your geeky photo frame.

recomputing

 

Toy frames

If you’ve got a lot of miniature toy models, this DIY idea will help you design an interesting photo frame and preserve these little plastic playthings.

Pillar Box Blue

 

Washi tape frames

Colourful washi tapes are easily available in craft stores and even online. Purchase a few colourful ones and place them in interesting patterns along the borders of the frame.

crafthubs

 

Seashell frames

Collect a couple of unique shells on your next trip to the beach. Use a hot glue gun to stick these shells to your frame in interesting patterns.

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