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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Show Us What You're Workin' With Wednesday #6!!

Once again, another Wednesday is upon me ... and once again I'm wondering where the last week went!! I'm excited to show you my little project for today!! It is very inexpensive and very easy, here it is:

I picked these cuties up at Dollar Tree, as soon as I saw them I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do with them. The only other supplies needed are:

2 x 4 cut into squares, 1 for each frame
Wooden dowels

You don't need many supplies and if you are like me and have everything on hand, except for the frames, you are going to make all 3 of these for only $3!!!

Cut your 2 x 4 into a square, sand all edges. A 2 x 4 isn't actually 4 inches (it's more like 3.5), so make sure you measure before you cut. Mark the center of each square and drill a hole about half way through, make sure you don't put the hole the entire way through. The size of your dowel will determine what width to make the hole, my dowels were about 1/3". After you drill the holes, be sure to sand the hole down a bit so it's smooth. My dowels came 6 in a package and were cut at 12". I chose to glue the dowels to the bases first so I could paint them easier. I used the glue gun and squirt a bunch of glue down in the hole and stuck the dowel in. Now it's time to paint the base and dowel in whichever color you choose.

Now it's time to get to work on the frames. The frames have those stands on the back so you can set it on a table, but I didn't want them or need them so I pulled them off. When I pulled the bar code stickers off the back it pulled off some of the cardboard, as you can see in the picture. GRRRR!!

Now, paint your frames and let them dry. The paint soaked into the wood a bit, so it made it look kinda weathered and old ... which I LOVED!! But, if you don't want that look, then put a few extra coats on it. Once the paint is dry, attach the dowel with more hot glue. I cut the dowel down to make the frame sit at the height that I wanted. Once the glue is dry, put a picture and the glass back in the frame. I turned the little cardboard insert around so the missing cardboard wasn't showing, you can see what I mean in the picture.

Here is the finished product!! I made these 2 for the bedroom. I made them different heights and added a bird from Dollar Tree that I painted and a bit of moss to look like a nest.

This one I made for the bathroom, it's my FAVORITE!!! I didn't put pictures in any of the frames, because at this moment I can't find all my pictures ... still haven't unpacked them. So, for now, cute scrapbook paper is going to have to do.

Didn't they turn out super cute??!!! I just sorta realized that I didn't take a lot of pictures of the "how-to" steps, hopefully I explained it well enough, but if I didn't and you have any questions, please let me know!!

I liked the way these turned out so much, that I've decided to link up to these parties:


Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

Ok, now on to the PARTY!!!


  1. Oh my goodness the frames are adorable! I am totally going to pick up a couple tonigh if they have them at my $tree! I LOVE them! I have zero decorations up for spring (crazy right) And I want to get some up before my mom comes to visit next week! I'll like back to you when I post them!! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Jessica,
    Those are so adorable! You and Bucket are a clever pair and bot adorable too!
    smiles, alice

  3. Very cute! And very creative. I love the colors you chose!

  4. Those turned out super cute! What vision you had for those dollar store finds. Good job!

  5. Those frames are just the cutest and I love what you have done with them! Awesome!

  6. They were pretty cute to begin with but even more now that you worked your magic on them.

  7. I totally saw those at the Dollar Tree and knew they had amazing potential, but I was stumped. Great job. They are awesome!

    Ashley @ http://cuteasafox.blogspot.com

  8. Hi,

    Just came across your blog & linked up a few of my creations to your party. Thanks so much for hosting. I have a MckLinky party called Tot Tuesdays. I’d love it if you’d stop by & share some great ideas for toddlers:



  9. What a wonderful way to give these frames personality. Fabulous and creative. Thanks for sharing on the boardwalk bragfest!!!

  10. Thanks again for hosting. Already some great ideas! Your frames are too cute :)

  11. i love what you did with those birdhouse frames. What a great idea! This is my first time linking up here and visiting your blog. I'm so glad I found you, love you blog!
    (#29. Garden Signs)

  12. Thanks for hosting your party! I'm a new follower!

  13. Those tree house frames are perfection! I absolutely adore this idea :)


  14. Cute! I just used the same frame on a book page wreath I made. You never know what cool things you'll find at the dollar store!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!


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