Spunky Daughter visited last week to help me with a surprise I’ve been working on for you. While she was here, she talked about making something for a friend.
I didn’t really get it at first, but she described some sort of frame and wire and clothes pins. After combing through my small collection of frames, she gave the negatory nod.
SD headed out to the barn and came back with pieces of wood HH had ripped into two-inch strips for one purpose or another. (We’re always into something so devishly interesting, aren’t we? Ha!)
You’re right. There’s no wire. I was offering chicken wire, but it was getting late. I had no intentions of digging around for and then cutting the used and bent chicken wire I saved from a previous young-tree-protection-from-horses project.
I tried to not take over…just let SD do her thing and provided supplies as needed and a little hammer or glue action here or there. I found this jute twine in my Studio stash, and that brought a positive nod.
HH cut the wood pieces to SD’s markings. Rather than nailing, SD liked the idea of corner ties. (Who needs nails, right?) The twine reminds me of rustic Bible days…don’t know why. I wasn’t there.
A little measuring was helpful for making the frame straight.
We crisscrossed twine strands in both directions and tied them off.
SD snipped the twine ends using the wood end as a guide for consistent “tail” lengths.
SD decided on her desired pattern, and we measured and hammered.
Voila. Two W’s running in opposite directions.
This backing from an old frame worked well for covering with fabric. We trimmed it down to size first, and hot-glued the corners. (Ahem…please excuse the random fabric in the background. The Studio was very busy that day.)
Then we folded the sides over and glue them, one-by-one.
The final step was to attach the board to the “bottom” frame pieces with a staple gun – “bottom” being the sides that would rest flush against the wall when hung.
I rested it against the plate shelf in the kitchen for some pictures the next morning (because I was cross-eyed tired and went to bed).
SD stayed up and printed a picture with her friend’s favorite saying on it.
We went to the kids’ apartment over the weekend and saw the board in SD’s room fully loaded with special couple pictures of she and her guy – with written notes on each.
He’s gone away to a different school this year – in another state. She doesn’t want to be forgotten…special days and occasions.
She’s pretty crafty and artistic. She’s PAM’s (Painter Artist Mom’s) granddaughter, after all. Ha!
Do you have any fun projects planned this week? Need any barn wood?