Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Featured Guest: iCandy Handmade

Hey guys!  I'm Autie from over at iCandy handmade, and I am so honored to be asked to guest blog over here at She Wears Flowers today!  If you haven't had a chance to check out our new-ish blog, I hope you hop on over there to check out some of the other projects we have done.  I think we're pretty well-rounded and have many tutorials on everything from sewing to paper crafts to furniture refinishing...and everything in between.   

I had a hard time deciding on what project to share over here today, but when a friend was giving away a pair of empty 16" x 20" frames, I knew what I wanted to do with them, and I thought you guys might like to know how EASY it is to do, as well.  
I'm the mommy to 2 little kids, and with a pair of frames, I decided I needed to make them into our 
Fine Art Gallery display frames.  
I've seen a bunch of different ways to display children's art work, but this seemed like the best option for me in my space.  
I didn't realize how simple this was going to be, and I imagine some of you haven't done this yet because you didn't know either!
I didn't take a picture of my frames before, but they were a rusty/barn red color, and were in very good condition, so all I had to do to was give them a coat or two of my favorite...spray paint (sigh)
I used Rustoleum's Eden (I've been using that can for several projects that 2x coverage!)
The only thing I had to purchase was this:
 (A huge sheet of Galvanized Sheet Metal from Home Depot)
You can find this sucker in the Ducts aisle...and I brought a spare magnet with me, just to make sure it was stick-able.  
So, all I had to do was use a pair of Tin Snips, and cut that huge sheet down to size (a little smaller than 16 x 20) to fit within my frame.  I used a pair of gloves just in case I got a little crazy with the snips, and it was pretty slick.  
After I cut the sheet metal, I fit it into the back of the frame, but just being held with the few staples that were originally in the frame ( to hold the picture in with) left a few gaping spaces when I flipped the frames over.  So, I took some tiny wire hanging nails, and tapped them into place right against the sheet metal and into the side of the frame, as seen below (you can see the pre-existing staples, and then 2 of my nails.

When I finished tapping the nails in, in several places, I was happy with the backing, but for sure wanted to add my kids names...

I used my Cricut to cut my kids names with their white vinyl and stuck them on according to their instructions

I tied a couple of ribbons on to the clip magnets that I had from Wal-mart, and hung them up on our wall

 I love our 'fine art gallery' and my kids love to be able to have their art work up for longer periods of time!  
Thanks, She Wears Flowers for inviting me over to play today!  I hope you all have a great day!
Now, get busy!


Julie {Angry Julie Monday},  said... May 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Very cute! I'm working on a similar project but my frame and metal is HUGE! I had to have a friend's dad specially cut my metal. I just need to get my husband to hang it now....sigh...

Doreen,  said... May 18, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

Very cute! This project is just my style. I'm going to hop on over to your blog now.

Jenn Erickson,  said... May 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM  

I love Autie's gallery display frames. What a wonderful project and great use of that galvanized sheeting!

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Alyssa McVey,  said... May 20, 2011 at 2:45 AM  

I love it! So cute and so easy! Definitely better than the fridge door!

Lei,  said... May 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM  

Love anything with galvanized metal... this is a fab project!

Brittany,  said... May 23, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

I love it! I wonder if Home Depot would cut the metal for me...

Nicolette,  said... June 22, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

Thanks for the great post. Just wanted to let you know that I shared this tutorial in a post today.

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