I was wandering a local antique shop the other day…. and, I saw a sweet little image of a child framed by some pressed flowers. It looked like it was very very old. The flowers were long gone and very brown…. but, so very sweet. Someone loved this child and took the time to press and create this image.
When I was younger I did the whole pressed flowers/clovers/whatever experiment…. and, I probably have some of those old flowers in some old books somewhere I’m sure. But, I wasn’t really into doing that this time around. How about something new…. from old inspiration?
So, here’s my Paper Flower Frame! The paper flowers are new… the image is new… but, the frame is very old. My mom bought this frame from and antique shop when I was little. It used to hold the creepiest photo of a baby…. you know… the old photos of babies where the eyes followed you. Yup. So creepy. But, I safely removed the poor baby and have transformed the frame.
I’ve added one of my favorite photos of Ruari…. added a paper flower frame…. and, there it is! I am absolutely in love with this.
- Choose your frame. I completely recommend checking out thrift shops for an old frame. You might not be able to find a frame like mine…. My frame has bubble glass! It’s so lovely. Do you see? Yes…. it pops right out there! I love it… but, that’s ok! You can always take the glass out of the frame you choose if you’d like to add volume/bend the flowers like I did.
- Print out the image you’d like to frame! The photo I chose is an absolute favorite of mine from when Ruari was 4-months-old. I just used a Florabella Action in Photoshop to turn it black and white…. with a vintage feel. If you would like some free actions I recommend The CoffeeShop….. lots of free actions to download. Or, if you don’t have PS… there are many free programs online that will turn your photo black and white. When I had a black and white photo I just erased the edges of my image to give a faded look. PLUS: I had my image printed at a print shop on just plain old card stock. I feel like that gave it more of a vintage look.
- When everything is all cut out…. do a test set up with your flower frame. Arrange them all the way you’d like them to look. That way you’re already for gluing!
- Grab your hot glue gun*. Start gluing your flowers onto the photo you’ve printed out! Creating a little floral frame! I bent all my flowers before I glued them to make them a little 3D. *Tip: keep a little cup of water nearby for when you get hot glue on your poor little fingers… seriously. It helps!!! Put your beautiful creation back in the frame…. and, you’re all done! Hang and enjoy! <3
Please let me know if you try this out! I’d love to see what you create! I think it would be a wonderful gift. <3
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