Wednesday, March 16, 2011

DIY Under $5: Flower Monogram Frame

I have a fun new series to introduce today!! We'll be calling it
DIY Under $5.

Each week I will feature a project that was done for five dollars or less. I think this will be really fun and will showcase some super budget friendly projects! I am really excited about it and hope you will be too! I am also going to include a place for you to link up your $5 or less projects so we can all be inspired by each other! Get ready for some totally affordable fun! Now on to our first project!!

Flower Monogram Frame

  • Wood frame (50 cents thrift store, easily found for $1 at craft store)
  • Decorative packing tape ($1 Michael's)
  • White & Black Craft Paint
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting board
  • Scrap paper
  • Chalk
  • Buttons
  • 3-D adhesive squares
  • Glue dots
Total project cost: $1.50

1. Paint the frame. I used black on the edges and white on the front because the monograms on my tape were clear and I wanted them to be white.

2. Cover the frame with tape. I placed mine with the bottom of the B's always facing the center.

3. Place the frame tape side down on a cutting board and using an exacto knife trim the excess.

4. To make a flower, cut three paper squares that gradually get smaller. I did the biggest and smallest in turquoise and the middle in white. Cut a flower with 8 petals (a petal from each side and a petal from each corner make it super easy to gauge where to place them) from each square.

5. I added chalk around the edge of each petal to add more depth. Teal on the turquoise and yellow on the white.

6. Curl each petal around a marker to make it stand out a bit.
7. Assemble the flower, attaching the flowers with 3-D adhesive squares and the buttons with glue dots. Stick the flower to the frame with glue dots so you can change it out if you so desire.

OK, so now it's time to link up!!

Please remember:
  • Only link projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit
  • Please link back so others can join the party

DIY under $5

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Natalie said...

What an awesome idea! I love the frame, and I've never even heard of that decorative packing tape. I'll have to go to Michael's to look for it. I hope someone posts something the YW could do for their mom's for mother's day. I'm on the hunt for an under $5 craft for that.

Leanne said...

That packing tape is so cute. What a great idea to use it this way. I love the cute flowers too.

Kara said...

Glad to see you are joining on the linky party bandwagon! And that photo is absolutely adorable!!

Kitty said...

Great idea! Plus I LOVE the michaels packing tape!!

Brooke said...

Michelle, I LOVE this. I saw this exact tape at Michael's and thought it was so cute but didn't know what I'd do with it. I'm totally going to try to buy some tomorrow :)

Michelle @ Loving Every Second said...

So cute! Such a great use of packing tape :)

Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

Love the idea!

MeenyMoe said...

Love the frame! I just got 5 different rolls of tape from Tape Swell. I think I'll use your frame idea with it! :) - Karen

Amanda said...

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Mary-Kate said...

WOW! what a great blog!!! i've been browsing around at other blogs because i just recently started my own!

i am looking forward to becoming a regular reader and hope I can have as many followers some day!!


Jennifer said...

I love your frame!!! I have seen that tape and have waondered what I could use it for, now I know :)

Brandy J. said...

I love the packaging tape idea -- brilliant!

michelle's 10 things said...

This is so cute. I made these tonight (Sat.) with my 7 daughters and daughter in laws while the men attended a church meeting.
The tape was easy to find (we were worried it would be all sold out)and it was great to see how they were individualized.
Thank you for sharing this fun idea.

Debbie said...

Just wanted to let ya know I finally finished up my frame =) You can find it here

G and H said...

I LOVE this - how brilliantly simple but elegant! Including it our roundup today! Decorating with monograms