Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A bird in the hand... or rather, in a frame

These are my little birds.

This is where they live, so they can welcome everyone into my home.

I made them out of old thrift store frames spray-painted blue, then rubbed
with minwax, my favorite antiquing method.

This frame cost 2.00.

Try to focus on the ugly frame, not my cute nephew who thought I wanted to take his picture. Why would I take a picture of that awful frame when I could take a picture of him instead?
Hello, Aunt Rachael! Look at me! I'm cute!

I cut the birds and wreaths out of vinyl with my Silhouette.

I put them to the glass and then hot glued the glass to the frame in back to make it stay together.

Sadly, the birds are copyrighted images
and I can't cut them out and sell them to you.
But maybe if you make me some cookies, or sweep my kitchen....

Or you can get a Silhouette, Christmas is coming after all. It might have to count as your Christmas, Valentines, Mothers Day, Anniversary and Birthday present though. Trust me you won't regret it.

I haven't. *wink*

There are so many things you can do with cheap frames. You'll probably think of something awesome with this little nudge of inspiration I've given you today.

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Maggie said...

i luv luv this frame idea, I have so many frames I can do this with.
Would luv for my readers to follow this, inviting you to link at

*Jeana* said...

I love them..beautiful..wish I had a Silhouette maybe one day..I would love for you to share at my "Anything Goes Link Party"

Terrie said...

Wow, so lovely and pretty idea that makes it "outstanding".

Mandy said...

Rachael - these are adorable! I'd love it if you share them at my linky party going on since Tuesday at
I'm new to your blog and a definite follower!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

These turned out darling!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Nicole [The Lovely Poppy] said...

cute! i'm stopping by from tatertots & jello. i'd love for you to stop by and check out the awesome (over $100) giveaway we're having-

Jamie said...

really like the color of your frames!!! & birds are always cute :)

Jenna said...

I love these! Sooo pretty! Ah, the uses yet to discover for my Silhouette.

Terry said...

Okay Miss Creative. You win. Now I want a Silhouette.

bartlettpair said...

Uber great AND cute!!!! Thank you so very much for sharing for allowing me to glean:)
be blessed................Beyond measure

Anonymous said...

I love the dimensional look created by putting the vinyl on the glass instead of the backing...I'll have to keep that in mind!

dj1952 said...

I love your idea. This is a beautiful idea for gifts. I will definitely be trying this one. I even thought about etching the glass with the circle frame before I added a silhouette. Awesome inspiration. Hugs, dj1952

P.S. I have candy to give away, if you're interested.

Crafting Rebellion said...

Very nice!!

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Anonymous said...

Those are fabulous and I love the color of the frame with the birds.

Lauren @ Summit St Joy said...

These are so beautiful! Can you explain more how you get the antique look with the minwax? i must try it! look awesome. thanks for sharing!
lauren @

Rachael said...

I can explain ;-)
1. Select your minwax, I use dark walnut usually because thats what I have but I have used other darker colors too.
2. Get a rag, I usually cut a piece out of an old t-shirt I have in my stash.
3. Cover your pointer finger with the rag and lightly dip the tip in the minwax.
4. Smear it on, usually the edges and the creases, wherever you think it should be darker. Wipe off the excess with a dry part of the rag.
* This will work best on semi gloss or gloss paint. If you flat paint or craft paint it will just absorb. You can just spray it with a gloss clear-coat spray-paint to seal it so you can do this.

There, I wrote you a novel about something I probably could have explained in one sentence. But I am procrastinating doing the dishes so emails are taking priority right now ;-)
- Rachael


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