So I have kind of an obsession with “cottage chic.” There’s just something about fresh white furniture and brightly colored accents that just sings to my soul. At present I don’t really have a space to call my own, so while I’m waiting for the perfect grown-up girl apartment to pop up (preferably with hardwood floors and lots of built-in shelving) I’m doing crafts. Crafts that someday will adorn the walls and surfaces of my adorable, cottage chic apartment.
I saw this idea in Better Homes and Gardens, and the effect was so captivating that I had to try it. Rather than putting pictures in frames, why not put scrapbook paper in plan frames and hang that to create a pop of color? LOVE IT. I can’t really afford to go around buying a bunch of picture frames, however, so I bought a few plain wood frames at Hobby Lobby (they were around $2.00 apiece) and some scrapbook rub-ons to add a little interest. The rest of the supplies I had lying around.
I chose blues and white – they’re soothing and for me, really embody the allure of cottage chic. I wanted the frames to pop, so I chose contrasting colors for the scrapbook paper I put inside the frame. The great thing about this project is that you can swap out scrapbook paper at any time – if you’re fed up with green, why not switch it with a purple motif? The last piece of the equation was the scrapbooking rub-on. I also picked this up at Hobby Lobby. There’s a pretty big selection there, but you can find far more variety online at sites like Joann’s Fabric. Before I affixed the rub-on to the glass, I Windexed it just to make sure it was clean. If the glass isn’t clean, the rub-on won’t stay rubbed on. Since I don’t have a huge arsenal of scrapbooking tools, I used a wooden popsicle stick, and it worked like a charm. Just be sure to rub the whole design; otherwise it will try to peel up with the backing. In total, this project took me about an hour. A quick, fun, attractive craft, getting me that much closer to my cottage chic grown-up girl apartment!
Cottage Chic Picture Frames
- Assemble your materials: frames, acrylic paint, brushes, scrapbook paper, rub-ons, a popsicle stick, scissors (in case you need to cut the paper to size).
- Remove the glass and backing from the frames so you don’t splatter paint all over it (if you’re messy like me).
- Paint your frames, allowing at least 5 minutes to dry before applying the next coat. 3 coats should be enough.
- While the paint is drying, clean the glass from the frames. Apply rub-ons directly to the surface of the glass, making sure to affix each part of the design.
- Cut scrapbook paper to fit the frames.
- Re-assemble frames, and VIOLA! Attractive cottage chic adornments for your adorable abode!