DIY Frame Collage
Happy Easter! I don’t have internet this weekend because of a series of unfortunate events, so I pre-posted this at the library yesterday.
I had been thinking about buying one of those collage frames, you know, the ones that are a bunch of smaller frames joined together. But the ones I had seen seemed to all have boring plain plastic frames. Then I saw a neat one at Winners that was made of a bunch of different frames. It was pretty pricy, but looking at it made me think, hey, I could make this myself.
So I set out on a quest for random wooden frames and used it as an excuse to visit about five different thrift stores. It turned out that wooden 4”x6” frames are hard to come by. I then broadened my search to include dollar stores as well, but they had a surprisingly limited selection as well. It took me a very long time to slowly get all the frames I needed.
Chai helping decide frame layout and how many more I needed to get
If you decide to do this, keep in mind that unfinished frames are best, or at the very least try to get ones with light finishes. I bought several with dark finishes and although one worked fine (my favourite frame, so I’m very happy), three others had the dark colour drawn up through the paint when I applied varnish, so I had to throw them out and buy replacements. (Now in hindsight I should have repainted them a dark colour and used them for something else, but I wasn’t thinking clearly.)
I thought that I was just going to use the white paint and brush-on varnish that I already had, but they were pretty old, and both full of lumps. I had to throw them out and buy new supplies.
So… things were getting more expensive than I originally anticipated. But still not as expensive as the Winners frame.
Finally, I had all the frames painted and varnished, and I glued them together with some pricy wood glue. I am slightly concerned that the glue might come apart and a frame with fall off, but so far so good. As you can see, as the glue dried the frames got a bit crooked– I suppose they should have been clamped together? I thought about nailing the frames together but was worried that they would split. I also tried screwing them together but some of the frames had too hard of wood. If you have a cordless drill this might be a good route to try.
You can see why Chai was so interested in the project
And now, with less than 3 weeks until I move out, I have it hanging on my kitchen wall.
Have you ever tried to make something yourself and have it turn out to be a lot more trouble and expense than anticipated?