A professional organizer will say that the extra stuff clutters our homes, our lives and our minds. I won’t disagree entirely. Rather I will make an excuse. Sometimes those things in our lives that we don’t know what to do with at the time are just too cool, too good, or too sentimental to get rid of. Sometimes holding on to stuff until you have the perfect inspiration can pay off.
Case in point: This oval frame with dome glass has been in our family for close to 100 years. There is not an actual way to trace the years because my grandmother was orphaned at the age of 3 with both parents dying within 6 months of each other. She was orphaned again at age 13 when her aunt/legal guardian also passed away. Needless to say – she didn’t grow up having much. She is also a collector. So, I guess I inherited more than her beautiful blue eyes from her.
She gave me this frame about 15 years ago. Something that she had from her mother & father. It sat. It collected dust. It hung on some walls of my previous 7 homes –empty. It has also lived in storage – sad and lonely. Then, after 13 years of being unloved and me not wanting to part with it. I discovered a wonderful world of Pinterest. This was my first ever Pinterest inspired project as well as one of my first pins. Although my decorating tastes and styles are constantly evolving – I still love it and it hangs on my bedroom wall.
Framed butterfly display how to:
Find a frame. An antique domed one is not necessary – I was just lucky! Any picture frame with glass will do.
I was in love with the craftsmanship of this frame. I was also in love with the paint with its chips, nicks and scratches and wanted to save that chippy charm ~ so I didn’t touch it. At all.
All I did was buy a package of 3D stickers meant for scrap-booking from Michaels.
I took some scrap canvas fabric and hot glued it to the back of another scrap piece of used foam core board from a school project from Kid 2. (See, I am a collector, saver, hoarder?)
Once that was done, I figured out the layout of the butterflies to simulate a scientific butterfly collection. I stuck them on. That is it. (I didn’t do the vertical and horizontal measurement lines that typically would be seen on a scientific butterfly display even though they were on the inspiration piece.)
Then, I took put the nails back in place to hold the frame and glass dome together.
I attached picture wire by stapling in it place on the back (which is not very pretty at all, but that is okay, nobody can see it!) I needed to be very careful and couldn’t nail anything into the back of the frame because of the fragile condition of the piece.
It was now suitable for hanging and instant artwork done. Total cost for this project was 5.99 for the stickers (didn’t have a coupon that day) and I was done in about 15 minutes.
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Until next time my friends,