As a first time home owner and admirer of all things pretty, I love this:
But $40 a pop? I don’t think so.
I decided to make some wall art of my own, and frankly, I think what I came up is way better. And, best of all, my three frames of utter fabulous-ness cost me about $5 to make!
In this post, I’ll show you everything you need to create your own way-cool wall art by revisiting those construction paper place mat weaving skills you developed in Kindergarten…
What you’ll need:
- Cheap frames (I used brown wooden glass cabinet doors minus-the-glass that I picked up at the Habitat Restore for a buck each.)
- Paper (different colors and textures are great. I used mainly magazine pages, paper bags, card stock and some sparkly teal paper I couldn’t resist at the craft store.)
- Paint (I used gray craft paint to paint my frames and my paper bags to go along with my teal/gray/silver color scheme.)
- Glue gun and scissors
What you do:
- Paint your frames. Be sure to get all the edges so they look good from all angles. I didn’t bother to prime my cabinet doors first and they turned out just fine.
- Measure the interior opening of your frame and cut a large piece of cardstock to fit inside; this will form the base (or “warp” in loom speak) of your weaving. This step would be even easier with a piece of oak tag but I was trying to use what I had lying around instead of buying new materials so I pieced a few pieces of cardstock together to get the required length.
- Cut your base or “warp” into strips lengthwise, leaving the top inch uncut. You can cut straight lines or wavy lines for two different types of woven looks.
- Cut your weaving papers (“weft”) into strips equal to the width of your frame. I used various colors and thicknesses to add variety.
- Weave your strips through the base using an over/under/over/under pattern. Glue the edges of the strips to the frame to hold them in place.
- Trim any excess paper and glue your weaving into the frame. I tried to staple gun mine but the frame wasn’t thick enough and the staples went right through so measure first if you’re going to try stapling.
- Sneer at all those Target suckers who spent $40 on their mass-produced junk.