Monday, March 26, 2012

Framed Gift Wrap Paper

Okay, so this DIY is not a new idea by any means.  Just wanted to share with you what I did for a client recently.  This is inexpensive art at its' best.  These pretty frames are making a home in a client's powder room this weekend. 

This is seriously a very simple DIY project anyone can do. You start off by picking out gift wrap paper or scrapbook paper in a pattern, or color you want to use inside your frame.  This particular client picked out this pretty Damask patterned gift wrap from Target.  She might have purchased it during the holiday season, so I don't think it's available anymore. 

And then she purchased 2 identical black frames with white mattes just like this one.

All I did was cut the wrapping paper to size and placed it right inside the frame as I would a photo.  That's it!  My little quick tip- use the display paper that comes with the frame as your guide when you cut.  This way if you want a particular pattern to be framed you can just lay the guide on top of the part you want to cut out.  So easy!  Here's another look at the finished product.

This was a great alternative for me and the client.  We searched high & low for artwork but could never find exactly what we were looking for.  She wanted a damask pattern of some sort, but since we couldn't find anything she liked, we made it ourselves.   

We didn't break the bank either.  I barely used the roll of wrapping paper which only cost $5.  And then she purchased the frames for less then $30 for the pair.  Not bad for custom framed art.  You can't tell in these photos but with this particular wrapping paper the damask had a velvet like quality to it so it appeared raised and the paper gave off a pearlescent finish depending on the angle you look at it.  It's actually very pretty in person.  In the end the client is happy, so of course I'm happy.

I'm hoping to show you some finished photos of her powder room next week.  We have a few finishing touches to do this weekend.  And I'm so excited because stripes are involved.  If you've been following along with my blog, you know I have a slight obsession with stripes.  You can see that here and here.  And you can even check out my Pinterest board here.  The entire board is dedicated to my love for stripes.  Does anyone else have the same obsession? 

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