Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Dollar Project

DIY Day @ ASPTL


I saw these cute little pictures frames at Michael's in their dollar spot last month.
(BTW.....if you didn't already know......their dollar spot is huge and seriously ROCKS)


Their colors were a bit on the bright side for me, but for a dollar I decided I could see beyond their brash paint job to the beauty lurking below.


So I bought 6 home with me, along with my current favorite colored paint.


I popped the backs off of the frames using a screwdriver and most came off very easily.

I then painted the fronts several times. Because their original color was so bright, it took many layers of paint to completely cover them.



Then I took some cardboard (I used the piece they put in packages of patterned printer paper but any kind of cardboard would work) and spray painted them with 3 coats of chalkboard paint. I traced around the back of each frame and cut them out.



Then I hot glued the chalkboard piece and the back of the frame pieces together and I was done!


Aren't they cute?

And for only a little more than $7 I have 6 super cute little gifts.

I'm going to give one of these little cuties away.

So leave a comment and I'll put your name in for the drawing!

29 comments:

  1. Okay... I won one of the last giveaways, so I'm not really entering, but I wanted to say how cute these are!!! And that color is the color of my bedspread. LOVE it.

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  2. These are absolutely DARLING!! Wish I didn't live so far from Michaels :(

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  3. These are SO CUTE! What a neat idea for gifts, hostess gifts, kids party favor gifts, teacher gifts...etc. LOVE IT.

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  4. Cute!! Cute!! Cute!!! And So Creative!! Fingers Crossed, I'd loved to win one. Thanks!! Renee

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  5. My goodness how cute! I was in Michael's this week and didn't see a dollar spot, just some "ehh" clearance items. Please enter me in the contest - I just came from Kimba's where I posted a filing cabinet in almost the same color as these frames :D

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  6. Very clever Idea. I love the blue that you painted them. The original colors would have gone nicely in my living room, but the blue would go in my master bedroom!!

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  7. Shannon, you are so creative! YOu are always giving me great ideas! I have actually seen these frames, but could not figure out what to do with them!! I also loved it when you did the plates!!

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  8. Those are SO cute! They would look adorable for a party to label cheeses or different appetizers.

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  9. T- 4 days til you get to help decorate my mantle :) I won already, so don't enter me either, but what a GREAT idea!!

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  10. You crafty thing! You find the coolest stuff :-)

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  11. Very cute! I would love to have one of these on my desk in my office!

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  12. Those are darling. I wish I had just a smidgen of your creativity!

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  13. Wow...are those amazing. I'm off to Michael's thanks for the great idea!!!
    First time at your blog. I love it!!

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  14. Those are soooooo cute! I saw those at Michaels too, but didn't buy them. What was I thinking? Obviously, I wasn't. I love the color too! I hope I win. I hope I win. I hope I win.

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  15. You have such great ideas. Where do you come up with them all? I think Laurel and I need to get together soon and make some Christmas gifts!

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  16. OK, I love the blue you chose. Much much cuter than the original colors!

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  17. My kids would love to play with those. Very Cute!!

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  18. those are seriously adorable. Great idea!

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  19. Wonderful! I love how easy they are on the budget. Thanks for info. and giveaway.

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  20. soooo sweet! and LOVE the color!

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  21. Am I too late to win one? Those are adorable ... I need to head to Michael's. They'd make such cute placecard holders as well ... you could even write a neat quote on each one. Love them!

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  22. I love these chalkboard crafts. I need to get the chalkboard paint and make something.

    On my to do list.

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  23. Oh my goodness! I was just at Goodwill today and the same idea crossed my mind! :-) Unfortunately, I was on another mission and was trying to stay focused on the project at hand. Yours are so so cute! Hope I can create something as cute as these some day!

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  24. so cute! love the color. I don't live near a michael's... so i rarely get there. :(

    you did a great job seeing past their bright color! I'm not sure I would have.
    gail

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  25. i was thinking i might need to go get an ORANGE (or 3) one and NOT paint them. :)

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  26. You are sooo creative, my friend. :o)

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  27. Those are adorable. Makes me wish we had a Michael's close!

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