Do you love the look of a rustic wood frame, but you just can’t justify the hefty cost of one? I understand and I am here to help. This is going to be a GAME CHANGER! With a few simple supplies you are going to have a house full of beautiful faux wood rustic frames that your friends and family will be drooling over.
I am going to walk you through step by step how to create these beauties that will make your walls oh so happy!
First, let us gather some supplies and get right to it!
- 2 Large foam poster boards from Dollar Tree
- 1 Permanent black marker (you can also grab these at Dollar Tree)
- 1 Gift bag, mine is also from Dollar Tree
- Mod Podge and a paintbrush
- Waverly antique wax (Walmart), Black paint and white paint, and a few paintbrushes
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Self healing cutting mat
- Rotary cutter or box cutter
- Optional: ribbon for a bow
- Ruler or Carpenters square (my husband had one on hand, so I used this to measure)
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Okay, now that we have everything we need, lets get started!
- Start by laying your foam board on your self healing mat and with a ruler, measure 4 boards 2.5inches each and cut.
- Now that you have 4 separate boards cut, you are going to form a square with them., the square needs to be 21inches x 19.5inches. I laid the boards on top of each other and a little bit of hot glue to temporarily secure them together.
- Now your foam boards should start resembling a frame. At each corner I the carpenter square to cut a 90 degree angle in each corner. (You will want to watch the video tutorial to see exactly how I cut mine)
- You will now have 4 separate boards, lay those out on a paintable surface. Grab your paints, waverly wax, and paintbrushes.
- Start with the wavily wax and brush that right onto each board, don’t stress this part, just get it on there. Let this dry completely before moving onto the next step.
- Now you will need the black paint and with a very light hand, you are going to lightly brush that on randomly. You are not looking for full coverage, just dry brush it on. (see video tutorial)
- Once the black paint is completely dry, you are going to grab a new brush and with a very small amount of white paint, you are going to lightly brush that on as well.
- Lastly, you are going to finish with another light coat of the waverly wax. Again you are not looking for full coverage, just lightly brush it on.
- Take a minute to collect yourself, because you are going to be blown away by how much this looks like real wood.
WOW!! Can you believe how much these look like real wood boards, I was completely mind blown.
- To begin construction you will need to grab your other foam board and measure large piece, 20.5 inches x 19 inches, then cut. This will be your backer.
- Now with your black permanent marker and ruler, you are going to draw lines on your backer board, about 2 inches apart for a faux shiplap look.
- Now you are going to hot glue each frame piece directly to the backer.
- Next, grab your gift bag and cut this to fit in the middle of your frame. The measurements will vary depending on which gift bag you chose.
- Lastly with a thin layer of Mod Podge, adhere the gift bag directly to the backer and that’s it.
I still can’t believe we took a couple foam boards and turned into something so beautiful and realistic looking. I have so many plans for these faux wood boards, I’m thinking I may use this same effect for my new fireplace mantle backer. So don’t just stop at frames, this effect can be used for soo many things, Just get creative.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did and I hope this helps inspires you to get crafty! Thank you so much for stopping by and stay tuned, we have soo many ideas and projects that we can’t wait to share with you.
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