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.
Bunk Bed Safety: Tips and Guidelines for Bunk Bed Owners
When children see bunk beds, days of fun play begin to materialize before their eyes. Bunk beds become the new fort, castle, or house that children will play in all day long. But bunk beds can also be the source of band-aids, bruises, and tears. To keep everyone happy and safe, we have created this Bunk Bed Safety Guide to remind children and adults alike of the rules that go with owning a bunk bed. Even if your bunk bed purchase is not for children, the tips shared here are still an important and valuable part of owning a bunk bed.
Let's start with some general safety tips!
Children under 6 years of age should not be allowed on the top bunk
Do not use water or sleep flotation mattresses with your bunk bed
Prohibit jumping and general horseplay on or under the bunk bed (Sorry kids!)
Periodically check the bunk bed to ensure that all hardware is tightened and in its proper position, and that the bunk bed in generally free from damage
Do not use any substitute hardware or parts. Please contact us immediately if there any parts or hardware are missing from your bunk bed when it is delivered. We will be able to assist you in getting the correct replacement parts delivered, free of charge.
More detailed guidelines...
Mattresses: Please use only standard mattresses on the upper bunk. By law, manufacturers must label bunk beds with information on the appropriate size mattress to be used with their bunk bed. Follow these instructions to prevent entrapment or injury. On the top bunk, ensure that the mattress and foundation do not exceed 8" and that there is at least 5" of space between the top of the mattress and the top of the guardrails. Again, please do not use any type of water or sleep flotation mattress with your bunk bed.
Guardrails: Guardrails are included on bunk beds for everyone's safety. Whether a child or adult is sleeping on the top bunk, always use guardrails on the long sides of the top bunk. Even if you are placing the bunk bed against a wall, use the full-length guardrail on the top bunk to ensure no one gets trapped between the bunk and the wall. Again, please do not use any substitute parts. Call us and we will be happy to get replacement parts shipped to you, free of charge.
Top Bunk Safety: Always use the ladder for getting into, and out of, the top bunk. Do not allow more than one person on the top bunk at a time. Young children, (under 6 years of age) should not be allowed on the top bunk. A night light may be especially helpful for children who get up in the middle of the night and need to get down from the top bunk. The maximum weight capacity for top bunks is provided by the manufacturer. Do not exceed the manufacturer's maximum weight capacity. Again, please check your bunk bed from time to time to make sure that it is free from damage, and that all hardware is tightened and in working condition.
Finally, one of the most important safety guidelines for bunk beds: To prevent strangulation, never attach or hang anything to the bunk bed that is not designed for use with the bunk bed. Examples would be jump ropes, belts, or any type of hooks.
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