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USING PAPER TO DECORATE A FRAME

USING PAPER TO DECORATE A FRAME

You will need an unfinished wood frame, spray adhesive, scrapbook paper, foam brush, paint or water-based stain, scissors, and an X-acto knife (razor blade cutting tool).

Position the frame on the paper where you want it and then trace it lightly with a pencil. Trace the outside of the frame and the inside. Then cut it out.

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Next, paint or stain the back of the frame, the sides and the inside. Don’t stain the top. I find that the spray adhesive sticks better to the unfinished wood better than when it is painted or stained.

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Spray the adhesive on the backside of the scrapbook paper. Get it nice and even but not too thick. I use the regular adhesive. I don’t buy the heavy duty or the fast drying kind because I want to be able to take it off if it is crooked and try again. The regular spray adhesive gives you a little bit of time to get it right before it is permanent.

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Place the paper on the top of the frame and when it is straight, rub all over to make sure it sticks well and there are not any bubbles.

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Use an X-acto knife or some other kind of razor blade to trim off any excess paper. Make sure the blade is sharp so it doesn’t rip the paper.

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I like to antique mine but you can feel free to skip this step. I use either watered down brown paint or water based stain. You can also use distress ink. Make sure there isn’t very much on the brush. Practice on a scrap piece of paper first. Gently brush along the edges on the outside and the inside.

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The next step is to seal it. Most people would probably use Mod Podge. It works great. I didn’t have any this day so I used polyurethane. It works really well too. Either way you want to go will work. I use foam brushes because you don’t get lines from bristles.

And there you have it!!! You can pick paper to match any decor and make it custom just for you.

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