Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 3rd December which means I am sharing my 3rd Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 3rd DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
AN UPCYCLED PHOTO FRAME
Photo and picture frames can be found very cheaply in charity shops and second hand stores- I have got most of my frames for between 20p-£1 depending on the sizes that I have bought. I do tend to pick them up in my home town rather than London, just because there always seems to be more choice in the charity shops and they are of course a lot cheaper! That said, there are so many charity shops in the capital that, if you live in London yourself, you are bound to find something at a fraction of the price for what you would pay for a new frame.
If you are creatively inclined, you could put a sketch or quote into a frame as a special gift for a friend or family member- I have done this on a few occasions for DIY Christmas gifts and it has always been really well received.
However, since we are now on the countdown to Christmas and time is of the essence, in this post I will show you how I have upcycled a frame using some (millennial) pink paint and a print.
In my own home my favourite way to add something new to the flat is to put up a new print- usually I will find a print or poster that I love and then set about finding a frame to fit it. I also love to frame postcards and cards which you could also use in this DIY, and still maintain the low price.
Here is what you will need:
- Picture frame
- Paint of your choice
For this DIY I am using a small tester pot of paint which cost around £3, and a cute little botanical print which I received with a bunch of flowers. Of course, if you manage to find a frame which you already love the colour of, you can bypass the painting and go straight to framing.
Top tip- try and find a frame which is wooden as you will be able to apply the paint much better than if it is plastic.
Take a look at the frame and decide whether it will require sanding for the paint to stick- most of the time you will be fine and the paint will take, but if you do have a bit of sandpaper lying around it is a good idea to give the frame a little rub down before painting.
Paint! Take the frame apart and start painting the wooden edges of it, leave to dry and add a second or third coat if necessary.
Once all the paint is dry, you can put the frame back together again and put the print or sketch inside.
Voila! A beautiful gift for a loved one.
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland