Do it yourself: how to make your own picture frames
Follow these simple instructions for making beautiful decorated picture frames. Included are directions for creating three different unique photo frames. Homemade decorative picture frames are fun and easy to create. Why spend a small fortune on fancy store-bought picture frames when you can design your own unique creations?
making the following decorative picture frames, you can use either plain wooden frames as a base, or you can use precut cardboard mats. The base you chose for your frame depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Wooden frames add more dimension to your photos, while flat cardboard-based frames provide a different look all together.
You can create a unique frame that has the appearance of expensive leather material. This frame is very quick and easy to make. For this project you will require a frame for the base of your project, brown shoe polish, and masking tape.
Begin by ripping off one or two inch pieces of masking tape. Place them randomly on the frame you have chosen. Overlap and crisscross the strips of tape in various directions. Don't be too picky about the placement of the tape. There is no right or wrong way to apply it.
After the entire frame has been covered with tape, go over it with a coat of brown shoe polish. The polish works like stain to give the frame a natural leather appearance. Allow the frame to dry completely before adding a picture for display.
Another decorative picture frame can be made using wallpaper. For this simple project you will need wallpaper of your choice, a basic frame, wallpaper paste, a paintbrush, and sharp pointed scissors.
You can make beautiful frames to match wallpaper in a particular room. One way to do this is by cutting out graphics and designs from border you have paired with coordinating wallpaper. Your frames will go nicely with the decorative border and the wallpaper you have chosen.
Begin by cutting out the graphics and designs from excess wallpaper border. If you aren't trying to match wallpaper already used in your home, chose any paper you desire. Apply wallpaper paste to the frame of your choice. Apply the cutouts so they are overlapping as they would in a mosaic. Apply wallpaper paste to the tops of the cutouts as well so the overlapped portions adhere to one another. Set the completed frame aside to dry thoroughly before adding a picture for display.
Special painting techniques can be used to embellish an ordinary picture frame. For this simple project you will need a plain wooden or cardboard frame, acrylic craft paint in colors of your choice, scrap paper, water, waxed paper, and a clean sponge or rag.
Begin by deciding what paint colors you'd like for your frame, and put the appropriate amounts on a piece of waxed paper. Thin the paint with a small amount of water if necessary. Use a piece of scrap paper to try various methods and techniques of paint application. Try using several colors on the same frame. This is a good way to discover the look you want to achieve before applying it to the actual picture frame.
Sponges create patterns different from rags. Practice painting while using a rag and a sponge to help decide which tool of application to use. You may decide to use both. After practicing and getting a feel for the technique, dab one color at a time over the face of the entire frame. Set it aside to dry completely before framing and hanging a picture.
You'll love the look of these decorative frames. They make wonderful gifts to give with special photos of loved ones, pets, or scenic snapshots. Make several to give as all-occasion gifts. Everyone loves beautiful one-of-a-kind picture frames.
Fashion tips: transition from office to evening out
Learn how to transition your outfit from office work clothing to evening attire with these fashion tips and ideas.
Many of us who work the 9-5 jobs understand the loss of creativity day to day when it comes to the way we dress. A few simple lifestyle changes can alter the way you dress at work, so you may look stunning for an evening out on the town. It doesn't matter if you're an investment banker or a creative director for an advertising agency; these tips are great no matter what business you are in. Learn how to transition from the office to a late night after party, a post-work date or a gala event.
The After Party
For a party such as a committee event like a museum exhibit party, a store opening or a company party, looking party worthy can be easy with a little pre-planning. If you're extra-business like by day, donning suits on a daily basis, it's more of a reason to dress sexy without going overboard.
Try a black dress with a low decollete. And, to save time, wear the dress during your workday with a black blazer over it. For the evening out, lose the blazer, add a wrap (either cashmere or fur), and add chandelier earrings and sexy makeup. Vamp up your eye makeup with black smoky eyes and try red lips for this look. Don't forget a stunning sparkly handbag. This is an easy look to cross over from office to evening.
The Dinner Party
The boss of your husband is throwing a dinner party and you don't have time to go home before it starts. No problem. If you're wearing a pants suit ensemble, you can easily change it up to get an evening savvy look. Lose the jacket and change your top to something a little dressier. Something beaded would look stunning. Now change your simple all black sling back shoes for something sparkly and wow worthy.
The Post-Work Date
It's casual Friday and it's your first girls' night out in a long time. The dilemma of what to wear has hit you and going home before the date is out of the question. You're in savvy jeans, but a dowdy shirt. Keep the jeans on and simply bring a tight fitted camisole to wear under a savvy tweed box jacket (a la Coco Chanel). Switch your comfortable flats for a black pair of sexy high-heeled boots and freshen up your makeup and you are set in no time flat.
The Gala Event
This one may seem the hardest, but not to fret. It can be a piece of cake if you know how to plan ahead. Your husband will be impressed by how well you multitask and how great you look after a hard day at the office at this $300 a plate plus event (on his company's tab). First thing is first.
Start with a long black skirt (earlier at work, you wore a blazer with it to give it that business edge), but now you'll lose the blazer and pair the skirt with a tight fitted top in the color of your choice. Add a faux diamond belt, large cz earrings, a large cocktail ring and a fur wrap and you are ready for your black tie event. Sweep your hair up in a bun and secure with Bobbie pins. The look will be finished in less than thirty minutes, without even stepping foot at home.
Try to think of what you can wear during the day that can transition from workday to evening out.
Carry a leather tote bag to the office with makeup, Bobbie pins and your evening essentials.
Plan ahead. Those who think of looks ahead of time always look great at after work events. A great tip is to try on some different selections from your closet about once a month. That way, when the events come around you are all ready for it.
Have fun and don't take it too seriously. As you know life happens, so go with it.
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