Shadow Frame is Done!

Yay!  Here it is!

Remember this shadow box frame that I bought at the thrift store a while back?
It cost $4.00.  I started to refinish it but lost a bit of my steam.  You can see the first post here.

I was able to get the frame this far and then couldn't come up with an idea of how to finish it.  So there it sat...waiting to be done, but don't worry, it was in good company with all of my other half-done projects!

Well, the other day the inspiration finally came to me, so I got back to work!

I've always liked the frames with burlap and a stitched quote, so I thought why not try it in this one.  I realize that since it is a shadow box it would have been nice to actually put an object inside, but oh well, it wasn't meant to be for this frame I guess.  I can always add something in later.

This star was my inspiration.  I found it at the dollar store and picked two of them up thinking that I'd find something to do with them for that price. 

So next I needed a phrase.  I've always liked the song that says...'catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away', or something like that.  That was a long quote to stitch, so I went with 'Catch A Falling Star'. 

The font I used is called 'tuesday' I downloaded it for free, here at ScrapVillage.com.  I simply printed it out to the size I needed, taped it to the window, taped the burlap over it, and then traced the phrase onto the burlap.

 I stitched it with 2 strands of  #8 pearl cotton (that's what I had).  My burlap was cut large so I would have a little wiggle room to center it when it was time to put it in the frame.

I painted the back (some white heavy weight poster board I had) with black spray paint, attached the burlap with adhesive spray, trimmed down the excess burlap, and then stapled it onto the back of the frame with a staple gun. 

The last step was tying the jute to the star and stapling it onto the back. 

This isn't what I thought I would do with the frame when I bought it, but that's what makes crafting fun.  I love the creative process and using what I have to make something nicer.

So here it is.  It cost me around $6 to make (including the paint). 
Run your mouse over the picture to see it's transformation.
Ba-bye ducks!  Time to fly South!
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Rebecca said...

Very Cute! I really like it. And, it looks WAY better than the ducks!

Deanna said...

Amazing transformation!


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