ribbon and pegs picture frame

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How to turn an ugly picture frame into something adorable 🙂

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Paint it. Any colour I suppose, but I love a nice clean white, which goes with everything. But a aqua blue would look lovely too, with white walls. Think what kind of wall it’s going to be on.

I painted mine Fairy White, which is a slightly pinkish white. I used that because I love the name!

Then I left it outside for a few days…I forgot about it!

But it was ok when I rescued it, apart from a couple of muddy paw prints. Cats!

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I got the idea from pinterest, and they had used old fashioned string, the kind you could picture wrapping brown paper parcels. I love that idea, but of course I couldn’t find any string or twine.

So I used ivory ribbon, and I am really pleased with it. I cello-taped it on, and that was all it needed, no messy glue, or staples. It held very well.

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I lay out the photos and ribbon how I pictured it first, to get an idea of how many rows of photos I could fit.

Then I cut the ribbon, and cello taped each end onto the back of the base board.

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I pinned on photos as I went, and the great thing is you can change the photos around whenever you want, because you don’t put any glass over the top. It’s very versatile, and it looks so cute!

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I used plain black bulldog office clips ($1.80 for 24)

I got the photos on a 3o free prints special!!! Yay

Ribbon was $2.50 for a roll, and I only used a tiny bit.

Paint was free. My aunty gave us a whole lot of little samples, because she works in a paint shop. It didn’t use much paint at all, either.

I rescued the frame, my mum was going to give it to the op shop.

You can find all sorts of interesting frames at op shops, for a couple of dollars. If they are ugly, paint them!

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I think this would be really nice if you used only black and white photos. It would also be really nice for wedding photos. You could also stencil words onto the frame (Friends, Family, Love, etc.) Or a bible verse, or poem!

It was so much fun to make…I glued and cello taped to the soundtrack of Taylor Swift singing…:) This is already hanging on the wall…now I cant wait till my bedroom gets fixed up and redecorated. This is going to look amazing.

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Floating Candle Boats and A Wedding After Party

This is a very cheap, easy way for amazing lights at a party! We had an after party for my brothers wedding, and my Amazing friend Ruth helped us decorate in a beautiful, elegant, budget friendly way.

Ruth is a florist, and she helped us make the most BEAUTIFUL flower arrangements, using flowers and greenery from our garden. We added some huge pink lily’s from our local growers Market ($12 for 6 stems) and that made it look AMAZING!

At least 20 bouquets for only $12

At least 20 bouquets for only $12

As the party was a BBQ by a pond, with willows and water lilies and lots of beautiful trees, we wanted something lanternish and glowing, but affordable.

This is what my friend Ruth came up with:

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Get a plastic plate, one of those cheap picnic ones, and glue tea light candles onto the center. A hot glue gun holds them on and is waterproof.

We put hydrangea flowers around the edge, to hide the ugly plastic plates! We made about 50 of these boats, and when it was dark we floated them on the pond. It looked amazing! There were enough candles on each plate to get a bright glowing light, instead of little single candles.

They didn’t sink, either! The kids had lots of fun lighting them and floating them out on the pond, and we put a few around by the tables and chairs like lanterns.

One did have a sad death when the plate actually caught on fire. It threw out a plume of black smoke as it sank into the dank brown depths of the pond.

As its on water, though, its very safe.

Safe, easy, cheap, and beautiful!

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