DIY Halloween Decor from a thrifted frame.
As I was sitting in the office the other day, I took notice of the artwork on the wall right next to my desk. It’s a frightfully fun watercolor piece I purchased from an independent artist on eBay years ago. Like all of the office artwork, it is housed in a simple black frame, which I love, but I got to thinking maybe I could creep things up a bit.
So I dropped whatever I was doing (I can’t even remember – hope it wasn’t important) and cracked open Inkscape. My new task was to craft some SVGs to make removable vinyl spider webs.
Of course, I couldn’t craft just one version, so I made three variations of the web. I then grabbed some removable black glitter vinyl and viola – my monster watercolor now sports an eerily elegant web.
As I was working on this little project, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes, which just so happens to be attributed to Morticia Addams.
I decided to frame the quote, which I thought would be fast and simple since I am swimming in frames. But unfortunately, I wasn’t finding the right piece in my stash. So – off to the thrift!
My timing couldn’t have been better. I came home with several frames (and a book, a vase, and other miscellanea), including this sad little piece that set me back a mere 9¢.
The worn wooden frame surrounds a small mirror and is topped off with a rusty metal snowflake scene. The only saving grace on this piece is the deep inset, and it can display on a table or hang on the wall. I might have let it be if it hadn’t been tossed into the super discount bin pricing it less than a dime.
So, let’s transform this sad little frame.
We will need
Acrylic craft paint and paintbrush – I’m using Driftwood by Americana
Velvet ribbons – I grabbed this one, and this one from my stash
Mini round brads
Decorative napkins – I got mine from JoAnn’s a few years back
A small oval frame from Tim Holtz
Printable vellum and Regular vellum papers
Corrugated paper from my scrap bin
Zig glue pen
Double stick tape
First, I removed the back, mirror, and the rusty winter scene, which exposed a poorly made frame and adhesive.
After a bit of filling and sanding, I gave it a quick couple of coats of paint.
While I set that aside to dry, I cut my decorative napkin a bit larger than the frame insert. Then, using double-stick tape, I attached the napkin to the insert.
I cut the velvet ribbons to fit the height of the frame, plus enough to fold over the top and the bottom edges for a clean, finished look.
Next, I placed the thinner ribbon down the center of the wider ribbon and connected the two using the mini round brads.
I then hot glued the ribbon onto the frame.
Next, I cut my corrugated scrap paper to the same size as my oval frame. Then, I measured the frame’s opening, sized my quote to fit, and printed it onto printable vellum.
I used double-stick tape to adhere the vellum quote onto the corrugated paper, and then I used hot glue to attach the oval frame on top.
I placed the small oval frame onto the inset and glued it into position using hot glue. (I want my webs to extend over the opening of the wooden frame, so I offset the quote.)
Now we’re ready for the web.
You can choose from three web options: quarter-size, half-size, and full-size.
I am using the quarter-size web. I cut one approximately 6 inches wide and one about 5 inches wide.
Using the Zig glue pen, I glued the larger web to the frame beginning at the upper right corner. I then attached the smaller web for added dimension.
I felt like the frame still needed something, so I went on the hunt for a spider. The winning arachnid came from the fabric stash – Alexander Henry’s Seance. (You may remember this fabric from another thrifted frame project.)
I altered the spider and beefed it up slightly to give it a more 3D look. I may add a tutorial on this later, but you can simply cut a spider from fabric or paper and adhere it to the frame.
And, that’s it! Now, this creepy quote is ready to tuck into my Halloween display.
Other than my 9¢ frame, I used scraps and bits from my stash, so this DIY Halloween decor was super budget-friendly.
Until next time, keep it thrifty.