This week I’ve been working on a little DIY for my daughter’s new room. I know I haven’t revealed this room yet but I promise it’s coming soon. This project started with a gift she got for Christmas, a Fuji Instax 8 Mini Instant Camera.
This little camera takes super cute 2″x 3.5″ instant photos (my daughter promptly took forty.)
Forty plus photos…How do we display all these little guys?Well, I had an old 18″x 24″ frame in the garage so I came up with a plan to make a clothesline display for them all.
At the start the frame was red so it needed little work. I’m using a lot of gold accents in the new room and since gold leaf works perfectly over red I thought it would be a great update for this frame.
This is not a full gold leafing tutorial but I will give you an idea of how it’s done.
Using a leafing adhesive, paint the object you want to leaf. Let the adhesive dry until all the milky whiteness is gone and it is tacky to the touch. (I used the gold leaf and adhesive found at most hobby stores)
Then apply the leaf by setting it down at one edge then tapping it down with a soft brush from one edge to the other, being sure to work it into any contours. If you want a smooth finish keep it as flat as possible, if you want a more vintage look let it crinkle as you apply it.
If you get cracks or gaps in the leaf you don’t like you can come back over it with another piece of leaf using the same method. Once the adhesive is completely covered sweep the excess leaf off with the brush and smooth down any lumpy areas with a burnishing tool or your finger.
If you’d like you can apply a protective coat of clear sealer, but I left mine raw.
For the back side of the frame I used a quick coat of gold spray paint so no red would show.
Next I added the clotheslines. For this, I bought a striped twine and mini clothespins in an assortment of colors.
I spaced the fist piece of twine about 2″ from the top of the frame opening and then applied each additional piece about 5″ apart.
I used a staple gun to attach the twine. You’ll notice I used a zigzag pattern so the twine would not pull out.
I decided not to apply my twine rows completely even but at alternating angle to make it a bit more fun.
Next step, hang your pictures using the clothes pins. You can also add stickers, tags, or other objects to add more interest.
This arrangement holds forty or so photos but I’m sure with my daughter’s love of taking pictures with her new camera we will have to make this is a rotating gallery.