New Year’s Resolution: Documenting Memories from 2011

nydocumenting One way to ring in the New Year is to preserve some of the best memories from the past one. Here’s a cheap and fun way to frame your favorite photos, and add some cheery character to any room. As we all know, professional framing services tend to be fairly expensive, and often take a long time to complete. The last project I submitted for framing ended up costing over $150. Baffled by the cost, I came up with this inexpensive way to make my own frames – that cost me under $5 a piece!

Here’s How:

  1. Purchase a handful of plain wooden frames from CVS in assorted sizes – they range from $2 to $6, depending on the size.
    nydocumenting2Places such as Ikea, TJ Maxx, and the Dollar Store can also offer low prices on household goods.
  2. Dig out some old wrapping paper, fabric scraps and patterned tissue from the craft closet to adhere to the frames.  Remove the glass and place it carefully aside.
  3. Using a foam brush, apply some PVA Glue (polyvinyl acetate – Papersource $9.95) to the surface of the frame and then adhere the colorful paper, making sure to cover all the surfaces that you would like.
  4. Leave the completed frames aside for a day to ensure that they are dry before replacing the glass piece and adding a photograph! Voila!

Insider Tip: CVS prints your first photos for FREE when you submit and organize on their website!

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