American Flag Picture Frame: Tutorial

If you haven't figured it out yet or are a new follower (hi!!) I am decorating Harrison's baby room with an Americana theme.

I found the cutest picture frame (and have seemed to misplace the link) of an American Flag and the cost was roughly $58. Yeah, for a small 4"x6" picture frame. Crazy, I know.

Being my frugal self with home decoration I decided to attempt the project myself.

This is what you need...

:: small and large paint brush ::
:: any size picture frame ::
:: red, white, and blue paint ::
:: sanding paper ::

[STEP ONE] Paint the entire picture frame (including sides) with white paint.

:: Yes, I painted the back first, oops. ::

[STEP TWO] Allow this to dry for a few hours and then paint one of the corners blue.

[STEP THREE] Add several red stripes to the picture frame.

[STEP FOUR] Paint several white stars on the blue corner.

[STEP FIVE] Sand the edges and the flag to give it a vintage look.

This was a very simple project. I am a terrible painter (as you can see in the oh so straight lines!) - this was my first attempt trying to make art with paint. I think the imperfections make it unique and it would look too harsh being perfect - At least I'll keep telling myself that!

Breakdown in cost
Frame: $2.99 (on sale!!!)
Paint: already had but they run around $2/a pop
Brushes: already had

I spent a total of $2.99 + tax for this project. It has the same impact as the one I saw for $58+shipping.

Yes to another inexpensive accessory!

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  1. good job! very cute :) I know, what's up with the outrageous retail prices? Plus the homemade kind is made with love.

  2. thanks! yeah, i understand people need to make money but seriously a markup that much is just crazy!

  3. I love it!!! I have started on my patriotic crafts for upcoming holidays but also for my hubby's promotion dinner/party. He is in the Navy. A frame like this would be the perfect addition. This room is going to be so good! Can't wait to see it all together.

  4. What super cute pic frame. Gotta love Americana decor. Great job!

    I have a weekly linking party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love for you to link up sometime!

  5. I love it! It's gorgeous. The wavy lines just add the vintage aspect of it. Super cute. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is adorable! And I have a good friend who I think this would be perfect for. Thanks for sharing.

    I came over from Homemaker on a Dime and am a new follower. I'd love for you to follow me back.


  7. Wow! Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial. Thanks for linking up another masterpiece in our party :)

  8. Great frame!!! I'm sure its cuter than the original! Thanks for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!



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