This Christmas Rob took my new favorite photo. After opening gifts he snapped a pic of me and my sister and our momma. I wanted to display it in my office but I didn’t have a good frame for it. Everything seemed so boring and I wanted something just as unique as each of us are.
I mean, it’s amazing how people can’t tell which one of us is on the phone because our voices all sound so similar. We essentially have our own language and can talk about things and leave everybody else scratching their heads. As my dad says “its crazy when you say the “thing” and you all understand what it is without any explanation.” We all love thrift stores and animals and we all have more pets than most :) We all dig making things, though I’ve taken it to a bit of an extreme!
Though similar, we are different. My sister is the caregiver. She’s a nurse and she likes to take care of people. I couldn’t do that for anything in the world. My Momma is the type who would drive across the country to help you move. And, to be honest, I’m not sure where I fit into the grand scheme of things but I do.
But I’m getting sidetracked here… I wanted a super awesome but inexpensive frame and I went to my stack of $1 wood picture frames from Plaid. Literally I have like 8 of these things and I tried to dream up something awesome. And when I remembered how much I loved my cross-stitch vase I made a while back ago, and actually saw it right next to my monitor it was awesome idea time, baby.
Now to be brutally honest, drilling all of these holes is a bitch. And I should know because I did it not once, but twice. Yep, You might notice 2 different tones of wood because the first one I did I made my template wrong and didn’t have enough holes for my design. That sucker got chucked in the trash and I had to start all over again. Meh. But in the end I’m so pleased with what I got that I’m all about it and I’m strongly considering making one for my mom and my sis, too. That is if another fab idea doesn’t strike shortly!
For this project you will need:
- $1 wood frame – find them at Walmart and Michael’s
- Scrap yarn
- Yarn needle
- Power drill <— my exact drill
- Fine sand paper
- Scraper/razor blade
- Hole guide printable
- Chart – mostly green, mostly pink or blank for your own pattern
Print your hole guide (link in project items list above) and attach to the front of your frame with repositionable spray adhesive for easy removal.
Sit back and get ready to drill a bazillion holes. In truth it takes about 20 minutes total and I broke that up into about 5 minute increments but I’m totally whining about it anyway :) 7/64 worked well for me.
Because these cheapie frames are made of layers of wood the back one is going to shred into something that will give you a wicked splinter. (note to self: awesome band name – wicked splinter)
Luckily all you need is something sharp, like a razor blade, to peel away that weird layer that has gone haywire. As is always the case, please be super careful when using sharp things!
Finish both sides with a quick hit of fine grit sand paper to smooth out the holes and clean up the back to be less dangerous :)
Stain your choice of color (my first choice was pecan and my second was mahogany) and allow to FULLY dry.
Now take care when staining as wood has a tendency to swell. My first go I was super careful to not allow the stain to settle in the holes but on my second go I was trying out gel stain for the first time and it got ALL up in those holes and they decided to go on and swell up on me making passing a needle through difficult enough that I got to drill holes for a THIRD time using a bigger bit. Meh.
Now it’s just a matter of finding the perfect yarns from your stash you need to bust to stitch this baby up! Because of my change in wood stains I actually made 2 different color charts – one mostly green to go with mahogany, and one mostly purple or maybe pink to go with pecan.
Now isn’t that lovely? In the end I was an idiot so it took so much more work than it should have, but to be honest, I’m so in love with the way it looks that I would (and probably will) do it all over again! Luckily I learn from my mistakes and you don’t have to have the same troubles I did making this a more fun project from the outset!
I’m not sure where I’m going to put this. I had said my office but I really want it on my nighstand, I think. We’ll see where it goes but no matter where, it’s still my fave picture and it will always be one of my favorites no matter what.