Vintage Photo Frame

I have never made anything like this before, the challenge to make a lovely Wedding Gift for my Niece was on.  I bought a Gold Ornate frame and had a rough idea with what I wanted to achieve.  I first painted the frame all over with a Just off white chalk paint for more of an authentic rustic vintage feel. When the paint was dry and gently sanded the frame to revel some of the gold paint underneath. 

Tree

I wanted the frame to have a special feature so I decided to make a small tree. The tree was made from gold coloured aluminium. firstly wound the wire around a piece of plastic board several times. Next I placed a plastic stirrer in one end of the wire and twisted the wire to form the trunk of the tree, then cut the other end. I divided the wires into 3 bunches and twisted each bunch again to form branches and carried on the same dividing each bunch to form more branches making sure they got smaller and shorter as I went on to look like tree. I did the same with the other end of the wires to form the roots but less of them. When I was happy with the look I placed the tree on the frame and bent the roots to lay over the frame then I took some florist brown tape, the tape is slightly sticky so as you wrap it around the branches and roots it sticks to itself.  I took all the elements I was using on the frame and did a dry run to make sure everything looked ok and I was happy before gluing them on. I had glued the fence in place onto the frame and added the bike so I knew where to place the tree.

Positioning of all the elemnts

 The elements I used were the Bike which was bought from an online Craft Store which is really nice as it is Metal and quite detailed I left the Bike white. I used Crochet flowers, Padlock and Key, Key Charms, Postcard Charm, Bee charms, Mulberry flowers, Silk leaves, some scrolls and leave elements I made myself from some moulds I bought, some resin Birds, photo frame Heart and Cherub water fountain by Prima Marketing and small jar of glitter dust within the Heart frame.  When I was satisfied everything was in place I started to glue them on bit by bit, the last thing was to add the small keys, postcard and bees to the tree so they moved slightly when touched.  The finishing touch was to dry paint the whole lot carefully not to apply too much paint so it didn’t look heavy but delicate and aged.