Sunday, 13 December 2009

How-to Sunday

Heehee, check me all looking embarassed and not wanting my photo taken!!

While I was looking a bit tired and stressed on the day, I've had loads of compliments on the pink display frames I used for my necklaces. So I thought I'd share how I made them - it was dead easy!


Big sheets of strong cardboard (I used left over Ikea boxes)
Ruler/measuring tape
Pen or pencil
Stanley knife/craft knife/sharp scissors
Spray paint
Drawing pins

So, firstly you need to work out how big you want your frames to be. I made each section of mine about 1ft or so wide. Multiply this by 3, then make sure your sheet of cardboard is at least that big. With a pencil, mark out the outline of your frames. I made mine all curly like an old fashioned picture frame, you can use whatever style you fancy.

Make two score lines down on either side of the centre section. This will ensure your frames fold into themselves and stand up. DON'T cut right through the cardboard. TAKE CARE WHEN USING A KNIFE!

Now cut out your outlines with your stanley knife/craft knife/scissors. TAKE CARE WHEN USING A KNIFE! Do this on a cutting board or some kind of protective surface.

You should end up with something like this! :) Awesomes! Now to paint it...

So I used pink spray paint I had left over from a previous project. USE SPRAY PAINT IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA WITH A FACE MASK! Oh, and protect the surface you're painting on! I just sprayed around the edges as I was running out of paint and knew I was going to cover the centres. You could also use any technique or add anything you want - paint splashes, stencils, collage, glitter etcetc. Once the paint was dry, I cut out tin foil rectangles just slightly smaller than each section of the frame and glued them on. I then stuck drawing pins in where I wanted to hang my necklaces. Adapt this in any way that suits you and your needs and you'll end up with something like this....

Yay! I hope all of this makes sense... ask any questions at all and if you make one of your own let me see how it turns out! I'd love to see what it looks like :)


  1. I really hope one day I get the time to do a craft fair.
    The stand does indeed look great!

  2. The stand looks great! When i first saw the photo I thought it was made out of wood! Awsome stuff

  3. Thanks guys, glad you like them! Your suggestion and photos on your blog was the original inspiration, Maria! This is the cheap-skate punk ass version of your lovely chic cream frames ;) xxx