I’ve had this project in the back of my mind for at least two years and for whatever reason never did anything about it till now. Maybe it’s that I’m actively trying to simplify and use what we have right now. Maybe I just got sick of seeing these adorable outfits sitting on my desk for nearly two years. Whatever my motivation was it doesn’t matter because the project is done and I love it.
I do feel some embarrassment though… I mean, some of you might be whiz kids at using power saws. It was my first time using a a table saw. And I couldn’t find our hammer. And our wood glue didn’t hold the frame I made to the backing even though the man at the hardware store told me it would. Off I went again this morning before pre-school drop off to get some screws. So if you’re looking at this photo thinking: “Wow. What a hideous project, her boards aren’t even even.” Then cut me some slack.. At least I tried. Let me rejoice in the fact that I’ve created something, imperfect or not, that makes me smile every time I see them. I love these outfits. I love remembering the day we took photos of the kids in the outfits, Drew was about six months and Elle was about a week old.
You can easily make your own by purchasing frames large enough (I couldn’t find any that fit both the space and the outfits) and then adding a back in of super lightweight plywood (you’re going to need something to tack the outfit to).
If you’re making your own here are the steps to take:
1. Decide on the dimensions you want by tacking the outfit(s) you want to frame to the wall exactly how you would hang them in a frame. This will let you know the length and width you’re going for. I made ours 20 x 24 and Home Depot had 2ft x 4ft small sheets of lightweight plywood for just under $6.
2. Purchase enough trim board to cover the perimeter of the frame. I used an inch wide board that was eight feet long for each frame. Make sure to include a few extra inches if you are going to do miter cuts for the corners. I just did a square cut because, let’s face it, a miter cut when using the saw for the first time might send me over the edge.
3. Stain or paint the frame backing if it’s going to be different from the frame. I used Minwax’s Jacobean stain and Country Chic Paint’s Simplicity on the frame.
4. After cutting your frame boards to size secure them to the plywood with either long heavy-duty staples or a small screw (go through the back to avoid screw heads in the front of your frame). At this point, if you are anything like me, you may have some gaps. Fill them in with wood filler. I love the Elmer’s brand.
5. After everything has dried secure the outfits to the plywood with tacks. I placed my tacks in very inconspicuous locations like behind the tag, under the sleeves, etc.
6. Hang your frames! I just used a piece of ribbon that I tacked to the back of the frame. It was simple… especially since I couldn’t find our hammer.
This project is Step One of our Hallway Makeover Project… it’s already making me feel more happy! Now it’s time to take down those last photos I have hanging that I couldn’t reach without a ladder and finish plastering the hallway! Oh, and see that laundry basket there? I found it on Freecycle.org. Is anyone else obsessed with that website? I placed it right outside the bathroom, even though everyone always has their own laundry baskets because I was sick of having a pile of dirty clothes in the tiny bathroom while we got ready in the morning. Now it’s so simple to just throw them in there and I have the constant reminder to do laundry now. 🙂
Check out what April from House by Hoff did for her $30 project… it reminds me of the pallet box I made a few years ago that we’ve used CONSTANTLY!