Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful colors emerging outdoors and to also spend some great family time together. Do you have a favorite family photo from last year, or maybe a new one this year, and haven’t found the right frame for it yet? This might be the perfect frame for you.
From treasured photos to silly faces, all photos should be on display to be enjoyed. Do you have pictures of the grandkids running through the corn maze or of your little ones picking their first pumpkin? Or do you have a picture of Mom holding the best pumpkin pie that you can literally smell through the photo?
This super easy frame is festive enough for the table centerpiece or up on the mantel. Follow these quick and easy steps to make one for yourself or as a present for a friend.
The supplies I used for this festive fall frame are:
1 heart wood frame (Sold at Michael’s Craft Store for $1.00)
Folk Art Canary Yellow Craft Paint
Folk Art Crackle Medium
Apple Barrel Harvest Orange Craft Paint
Festive Fall Ribbon
Festive Fall Pick (with leaves and berries)
Medium Sponge Brush
Standard Craft Paintbrush
Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Elmer’s School Glue
This super simple craft idea is great for all ages and craft levels. As with all crafts that involve hot glue, please supervise young children to prevent burns.
Creating the Crackle
To create the wonderful weathered look on this festive frame, we will use three coats of different paints. For the first layer, you will need your sponge brush and the canary yellow craft paint. Using even strokes, paint the entire face of the frame. This should only take one coat and it will dry fairly quickly.
The next coat will be the crackle medium. For this, you will need your standard craft paint brush. Using even stokes, apply the crackle medium but do not let it pool. This crackle does not dry fast, but it does thicken up. If you leave little pools to dry, you will not get the proper crackle effect. This is the most important step, so take your time. Make sure the frame is evenly coated. Let dry overnight if necessary.
Once the crackle is dry, it is time to apply the harvest orange. This paint is brightly colored, but thin, so depending on the conditions, it might dry quickly. Take your sponge brush and apply a coat of harvest orange to the frame. Do not go over the same area too many times because it will hinder the crackling effect. Cover all of the yellow and set aside to dry. It might take overnight for the entire frame to completely dry. No varnish is needed for this project.
Framing Your Picture Frame
Take your festive fall ribbon and measure it to the length and width of your frame. Cut the necessary sizes to match with the outer edge of the frame. When the frame is completely dry, it is time to add the ribbon.
Take your strips of ribbon and put a thin line of white school glue on the wrong side. You will want to start with the top and bottom pieces first. Gently apply the ribbon to the frame and slide your finger across the ribbon to not only secure it to the frame, but to remove any air bubbles, too. Repeat with the ribbon for the sides. Set aside to dry.
Adding the Embellishments
By now you have noticed how lovely your frame is turning out. Take your Festive Fall Pick and choose which leaf would look best in the bottom right corner. I chose a beautiful red leaf with orange radiating out from the center. With this leaf, I paired a little cluster of fall colored berries. To adhere them to the frame, use your hot glue and put a generous dab of glue on the back of the leaf and secure in place. When the leaf is positioned, then do the same with the berries. Set aside to dry.
Your craft is now complete. This is a great way to show off your fall colors and also your creativity. Happy Harvest!
For more tips on crackle painting, try Crackle Painting Made Easy.
Personal Experience and ideas
Michael’s Craft Store
Joann’s Fabric and Craft Store