I bought The Renaissance Man this awesome print from Mara over at Pixel and Pint for our anniversary. But then I couldn’t find a frame the right size.
Finally I found this ugly black plastic frame, which does not go well with the print at all. So here’s how I jazzed it up to match the nautical print inside it.
- thin rope or thick hemp jute
- hot glue gun (and hot glue!)
Here’s the print in the frame by itself:
Tip: if you want to reuse the frame, or change out the picture in it, I suggest getting a wider frame than this. This particular frame had almost no edge, so much of the rope was glued to the glass. Luckily it was only $5 and I don’t have any intention of removing the print, so I hot-glued all over the front of this bad boy.
Step 1: Plug in the hot glue gun and allow it to heat. Once it’s heated, glue the tail end of the rope at an angle onto the frame. Then at regular intervals add glue to the frame and glue down the rope, holding it taught the whole time.
Step 2: Continue around the frame. When you get to the starting point, wrap the rop over the tail end of it, then wrap it so that the first wrap and second wrap lay against each other. Continue this way until the whole frame is covered, or until the last row.
Step 3: For the last row, at each corner I did a simple loop in the rope, addind a little extra glue to hold it down.
Admittedly it would look a little better with a wider frame, but I was working with what I had. So sue me.