DIY Dyed Picture Frames

Makeover boring wooden frames with a pop of color!So as it turns out, fabric dye is not just for fabric! I love this project because unlike paint, dye leaves the wood feeling very natural and organic (you can still see the grain and it’s smooth to the touch). If you’re looking to add a pop of color to those plain wooden frames, here’s how:

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: unfinished frames, Rit liquid dye, sponge brush, sealer

Makeover boring wooden frames with a pop of color!It’s important that your frames be unfinished. If you already have treated frames, but want to give them a makeover, you’ll need to sand off any sealant. I used 4″ x 6″ and to be perfectly honest, it was a bit hard to find art for that size. I finally found these cute post cards that worked, but if you are getting the frames first, and art second, I recommend sizing up to a 5″ x 7″ frame.

Makeover boring wooden frames with a pop of color!Start by pouring dye into a dish and diluting with a splash of water (1/3 c dye for 1 tbs water). You really don’t need that much! Apply with a sponge brush just like you would if you were painting. Let dry and then add another coat if needed. Keep in mind, the more you dilute the dye, the lighter your color will be, and the more coats you might need. Because you aren’t using a primer, the colors will come out a touch different than if you were using paint. For example, the reddish color is actually pink fuchsia and the blue above is the teal.

Let the dye dry completely, seal, and add your favorite art!

Makeover boring wooden frames with a pop of color!Such fun results, don’t you think? I can’t wait to try this on more wooden surfaces! Have you ever used fabric dye on wood before?

And if you want to see this technique on hangers, you need to check out this beautiful project ASAP!

Makeover boring wooden frames with a pop of color!

Makeover boring wooden frames with a pop of color!

Thrift Store Frame Makeover

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: frame, contact paper, X-Acto knife, pencil, bone folder (optional)

Thrift Store Frame Makeover DIY

I recently teamed up with Etsy (someone seriously pinch me!) to show you guys how to makeover a basic thrift store frame that doesn’t require painting! If you have thirty minutes to spare, and enjoy wrapping presents, then you can totally do this DIY. Plus when you’re done, you’ll still have some contact paper leftover to make this 2 Minute Vase!

Click here to see the full tutorial on Etsy!

Thrift Store Frame Makeover DIY

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30 Minute Frame Makeover

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: frame, Montana spray paint, Montana acrylic paint maker, drop cloth, paper, tape 30 Minute Frame MakeoverI’ve had the same print and frame for about three years now. In between all of our moves it’s gotten a little beaten up (hey, the frame was only $4 at Target, I can’t complain). Instead of ditching it for a new one, I decided to give it a quick makeover! (print by Scout’s Honor Paper) 30 Minute Frame MakeoverEarlier this week I showed you a project with Montana acrylic paint makers and another with their spray paint. Today I’m going to combine the two, because hey, why not! You can find matching marker and spray paint sets in 36 colors AND you can enter to win some for yourself (see below). Now, on to the tutorial:  30 Minute Frame MakeoverStart by painting your frame white. Once dry, tape off the corners and paint with your secondary color. Make sure your paint is completely dry, otherwise the paint will peel up with the tape. It’s also a good idea to cover the other half (thick paper works), so you don’t see any speckling. Once you frame is dry, create you pattern with your matching Montana paint marker. The 2mm tips are great for creating the perfect small polka dot. 30 Minute Frame Makeover 30 Minute Frame Makeover Don’t forget– if you entered already, you can still earn more entries today! Giveaway open to US and Canada residents. Ends Friday at 5:00pm PST. Good luck!

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