A few weeks ago while I was at HomeGoods I saw these adorable little magazine picture frames -- they were so cute! And as much as I loved them and HAD to have them, I just couldn't overlook that $14.99 price tag. It definitely wasn't a NEED -- so I sadly left without them. But don't worry-- I'm a problem solver, so I came up with a way to make my own -- so here's the how-to for you thrifty, do-it-yourself, blog-loving gals. :)
Then I grabbed a stash of old magazines that I hadn't thrown away yet. (I think I've mentioned before that I have a slight problem throwing things away)
I cut out a good variety of text only pages, colorful ads, and a mix of both.
And here's where the project begins .....
I glued each straw to the BACK of the magazine page I wanted to use. And here's a tip for you -- you don't have to use the whole page -- and actually I would recommend using a piece of the page. You aren't going to roll up a lot of paper -- just a little bit. Now, LET THE GLUE DRY! Be patient and just make sure it's completely hardened before you decide to roll up the magazine page -- it makes it easier, believe me. :) I tried the hard way first.
Now roll up those magazine pages! You can see above that I don't have a lot rolled up. I only twisted the page about two times around the straw. Now take your glue gun and glue the edge almost like you're sealing the roll together. Wait for it to dry and then cut the excess paper off.
Now keep making rolls of magazine pages until your hands are numb. No, just kidding. :) I did these while we were watching TV, and it took no time at all. It all depends on the size of your frame -- I did four straws per side -- so 16 straws. You want to make sure they are really squished together so there's no frame showing through.
Okay -- this is the toughest part. I cut my straws at a 45 degree angle to make a nice "seam" in the corners -- but I've seen frames that do it differently -- so be creative and make it however you want. :) And I'm sorry -- but I have no good tips for cutting your straws at a 45 degree angle. I just used the trial and error method. Probably not the best advice to give -- but it worked for me. :)
I glued first straw on the outside and let it hang over the edge slightly. Then I glued the remaining straws as close to each other as possible -- you want them to hang over the edge a little so you can't see the dollar store frame. Even the corners should be squished together.
And once everything is glued on, take some high-luster Mod Podge and paint a light coat on the magazine rolls. Let it dry, and you should have this:
Definitely not perfect -- but for $.50, it's not too bad. :) I'm going to try to make another one with the other frame, so hopefully by then I'll get down how to make a perfect magazine roll.
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