Hidee ho! Got a craft for ya today. And let's get one thing straight here--I'm no crafter, so this is kinda a big deal for me.
A few weeks ago at our mom's Bible study, we had a craft day. My friend Sarah brought all these pallet wood "frames" along. She took pallet wood (that was already dissembled), cut the boards to size and used Liquid Nails to glue the two smaller pieces of wood to five boards. It worked like a charm. Liquid Nails works like, well...liquid nails. Imagine that. There's no wiggling going on here! The boards measure approx. 14"x15". (And I love how the old nails from the pallets are still intact. Cool look, right?)
I first sanded everything since pallet wood is pretty rough. Then I stained it at first but didn't really like the look, so I broke out a little sample pot of Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal (the same color I used on our dining room table legs, and about 17 other random projects around the house.) (The stain actually looks pretty good in these pictures, but believe me...it was strugglin' in person.)
After everything was painted, I took some sand paper and distressed it just ever so slightly, and rubbed on a bit of stain on the distressed part to make it stand out a bit. I kinda love that little chunk of wood taken out of the upper right hand corner. Just adds to the rusticness in my book.
Then I made some homemade modge podge (Elmer's + water), and Bryce "painted" it on the back of our 8x10 family picture.
Which, speaking of Bryce helping, this is a great project to do with kids. You really can't mess up here.
I also used some spray adhesive on the back of the picture just to play it safe.
After the picture was in place, I modge podged the entire thing. Right over the picture and the rest of the front of the entire frame. Don't know if you can tell, but adding the modge podge to the front of the picture gives it a matte effect. It's kinda cool. So even if you have a glossy picture, it'll have this same effect afterward.
And behold: the finished product
I kinda love how it turned out. Not too shabby from this non-crafter here. ;)
So that's it: a quick and easy craft easy enough for all you non-crafty people out there. Shoot, you could even pull this project off this weekend.
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Family pictures were taken by Rebekah Viola Photography.