Brought to you by Megan Nicolay, this is the coolest and easiest way to make a Hawaii-themed photo frame without spending a boatload on an expensive frame! Plus, it's a great way to get rid of old colorful T-shirts you no longer need.
Type of Craft
- T-shirt scraps (in various colors)
- Circular object (about 2.5" in diameter to use as a cutting template)
- Aleene's Fabric Fusion fabric glue
- Fabric scissors
- Blank picture frame
- Aleene's Tacky Line Runner (double-sided adhesive dispenser)
- Printed vacation photos to fit in the blank picture frame
- Cut a series of circles from the T-shirt scraps. (I cut about 55 circles in order to cover a 4" x 6" frame.) Cut them all the same color or mix it up to add vibrant highlights to the frame -- I was inspired by the colors of the corals (yellow, salmon, and raspberry hued) that we snorkeled near in Vieques, Puerto Rico.
- Select one circle, fold it in half, then fold it in half again. Cut a scalloped edge into the open (arced) edge so the piece of folded fabric becomes heart-shaped.
- Unfold the piece of fabric (it should slightly resemble a four-leaf clover) and squeeze a small amount of fabric glue into the center. Fold it in half, with the edges slightly askew (so the petals don't line up exactly) and pinch.
- Then apply a small dab of glue along the folded edge and fold it in half again to create a blossom.
- Pinch the end and separate the petals and let dry. Repeat steps 2-4 for the remaining circles then set the blossoms aside.
- Apply the double-stick adhesive liberally to the front of the frame. Be careful not to press your fingers into it since the oils will deplete the sticky qualities!
- One by one, press the blossoms into the adhesive on the frame, angling and overlapping them to cover the frame and create a pleasing pattern.
- Layer the flowers over the entire frame, and don't hesitate to cut more if you find gaps in the coverage.