Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nesting...sort of!

I saw these super cute wall plaques here and loved them! But I didn't love them enough to pay $40 for them. However, I knew that I could make them myself, and that is just what I did!
I went to the thrift store and found some frames of different sizes. I think this frame was $.75-so far, so good. I went to Michael's and found paper that I liked. The original has sheet music, but I couldn't find any paper with that and I didn't have time to go find some vintage stuff either, so I found some paper that I liked for $.41 for a 12 x 12 piece.

I took the glass and backing out and painted the frames (the smaller one was $.50) a brown color. Your paint job doesn't have to be perfect, so don't fret!

Then I took the backing of the frames and cut out pieces of paper to fit them. Then I glued the paper onto the cardboard backing.

After the brown paint was dry, I took a wet paint brush and painted on a robin egg blue color. Again, you don't have to paint these perfectly. By the way, I already had all the paint colors, so that didn't cost me a thing.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I made some nests. There were little twig nests at Michaels, but they wanted $1.99 for one. I found this mossy twig stuff next to the spanish moss. It doesn't have a name on the bag and it only cost $3.99 for the whole bag which will last me another 20 or so nests! I just shaped it into a nest, with a small indent in the middle like a real nest would look.

I was not able to find little fake eggs at Michaels, but I did find some half wood eggs in the wood section. I painted them the same color as the top coat on the frame then speckled them with the same brown as the first coat on the frame. You can kind of see them in the background of the picture above.

I had some aqua ribbon that was a little too bright for this, so I soaked it in a little coffee grounds to get a more aged look to it.
After the paint was dry, I sanded the frames all over and glued the cardboard backs into the frames. I then hot glued the nest to the middle of the covered cardboard and glued the eggs into the middle of the nest. I tied the ribbon into a bow and hot glued that onto the frame. Here's how they turned out...what do you think?

The total cost of this project was less than $2! Definitely beats $40! I am pretty excited about how they turned out and think I will be making more in all different sizes and colors too.
Have a good night!


The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Trisha -
You did a fantastic job on the frames and nests!
I love that they are so adorable and were so inexpensive to make.
Toni ♥

Tara said...

Trisha,you're so clever,they look charming..Thanks so much for the award you gave me and congratulations on yours again..

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

Hello, I found you via Tara's blog and I am so glad I did. I just <3 your little framed creation, and less than $2? You can't beat that with a stick! Happy weekend : ))

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Trisha!
Oh gosh those are just the cutest things!
And even better that they are thrifties :-)
I had never thought of coffee/tea staining ribbon! Super idea!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Hugs and Smiles,

Marty said...

Thrifty, thrifty=)) Love it!

Tania Pelletier said...

Very sweet and you are so thrifty about it too!