DIY Bobbin Frames In Spring Colors. Add an interesting bobbin or bead frame in a pretty spring color to display your favorite art on a gallery wall or any small space. These frames are so easy to create you’ll want to make more than one.
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It’s time for our Handcrafted Society monthly get together hosted by Wendy of WM Design House, and guess what? We have some new friends joining the Handcrafted Society. I can hardly wait to see what everyone is going to create.
If you’re wondering what the Handcrafted Society is all about. Simply put, it’s a group of bloggers who share a love for handcrafted items. We challenge ourselves each month to take an assigned medium or theme to create whatever our heart desires.
This month we are working on wood spring projects. Sounds fun and intriguing, right? Be sure to check out all the links and photos at the end of my post of everyone participating this month!
DIY Bobbin Frames In Spring Colors
I’m a big admirer of bobbin or bead frames and have been for a while now. Their uniqueness adds so much to a gallery wall or you can use them for a single piece of art. The problem for me, is that most of these frames I’m finding online are just a little out of my price range.
Many of the professional frames are made with bobbin or bead moulding, but I think the DIY versions are pretty good representations. If you admire them too, I show you how easy they are to make.
As with most of my projects there are always those trails and errors. So, I’m sharing the steps that work best for me.
Please note: While this project is very easy on the crafting scale, it will take time to complete as you work through the steps. For the best results follow the manufacture’s recommendations on safely and drying times on the products you use for this project.
By the way, this is a good project for recycling old frames if you have some that are plain with a flat surface.
- simple flat wood frame
- half round wood balls or beads 12 mm, 20 mm and 1 inch
- super glue
- spray primer flat white
- small paint brush
- spray protective coat gloss
Instructions and Suggestions
First you’ll want to measure the width of your frame moulding to determine the size of the half round wood balls or beads you’ll need. Here’s an example of the sizes I’m using for this post.
I strongly suggest applying a coat of spray primer over your frame. One of my frames had a weird coating that made glueing the wood pieces difficult, so I went ahead and primed all of the frames.
Once the primer is completely dry, lay out your half round wood pieces around your frame. This will allow you to work on spacing before glueing them into place. Some of the wood pieces have imperfections that you may not want to use, and this allows you to sort them out.
To attach the wood pieces you can use a hot glue gun, however I found that Gorilla super glue works really well. You’ll have a few seconds to reposition the wood pieces, that you will not have using a hot glue gun.
When the glue is completely dry you are ready to start the painting process. Applying the spray primer over the wood pieces will save you time when hand painting. I suggest applying two to three coats of paint for complete coverage.
I chose to hand paint my frames, because I already had some Fusion mineral paint in spring colors that I wanted to use. If you want to speed up the paint process you can choose to use spray paint.
Last step is to apply a clear protective coat in a gloss finish to give your frame a professional shine. Click here for the product I’m using.
Variations For Frame Finishes
Notice the light blue and pink frames have a glossy protective coating, however you can use a matte or a statin protective coat on your frame. It’s all up to you, and what looks best in your home.
After finishing the pink and blue frames, I decided to use white enamel spray paint on the smallest frame. Spray paint works really well to get in between the small wood pieces.
To get a worn finish, use steel wool to lightly remove some of the paint. Clean the frame with a damp cloth, then apply a clear protective coat in a matte finish. I’m loving how only a small amount of the wood shows through giving the frame a vintage rustic look.
Colorful Frame Mats For Simple Art
The simple artwork I’m framing is for a guest bedroom where the grand littles like to play. For the rabbit watercolors in the blue frames, I’m covering the mats with a calico type print fabric in bright spring colors. The color and pattern really brightens up this side of the room, and call attention to the artwork.
Be sure to check out Thistle Key Lane’s Society6 storefront for these and other watercolors.
Since my granddaughter’s favorite color is pink, you can bet the the pink bobbin frame and pink fabric mat is destine for her. I painted this silly rabbit watercolor with glasses holding a book, and I hope she likes it! Now I have to come up with something for her brother.
I’m keeping the mat in the white bobbin frame a simple white. That way I can display the botanical watercolor with my blue transferware dishes in the kitchen.
For more makeover projects with paint click on my post Easy DIY Mirror Makeover.
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with my favorite seasonal projects!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you’ll give this DIY bobbin frame project a try. I’m so happy with how they look, and feel the frames are well worth the time and effort to create.
Keep scrolling to see what my Handcrafted Society friends are sharing today. All you have to do is click on the image or blog name to view their full post.