Sunday, August 9, 2009

DIY Salvaged Window Photo Frame

This is really neither here, nor there. I took this photo tonight right at dusk, while Cory and Calvin and Mr. Eby were wrestling the ponies into the new pasture. But that's a whole 'nother story...

On with the show!

A year or more ago, I saw the fantastic idea to turn an old, multi-paned window into a collage frame.

In May, I finally found my frame. (Note: It's important to search for a window with panes that are not too large. It may take a little longer to find it, but you'll want to have frames that you can use for normal, everyday-sized pics.)

I then hauled the window into Hobby Lobby where I was greeted by a most annoyed employee in the framing department. She loathed my chippy, old window. I could tell. She wasn't even polite or friendly to my kids - that's how much she abhorred it.

I asked nicely if it would be possible to have mats cut for the window panes. Her first quote came back at a very matter-of-fact $60. I nicely told her that I did not want to spend that much and would think of something else. I nicely thanked her for her time. See how nice I was?

As I was walking away, she sighed and said, "Well, I suppose I could give you a quote for paper mats. Typically people would only want acid-free mats, but paper may do for...that."

I don't want to come right out and say what the new quote was. It's a simple matter of discretion. What I will tell you is that it was roughly, exactly half of the first quote. Sold.

I planned to put this together for my Mother-in-law, since she has 7 grandkids and is photo-happy and often asks me for ideas on how she can display more pics of her cuties. So, my next step was to have all of us girls print off a black and white 5x7 of each kiddo. Cheap and easy. Hallelujah, technology! I'm sorry for all the mean things I've said about you in the past...

Each photo did require several inches of cropping. This is the sum total of supplies needed to fully execute this cockamamie plan of mine.

I used a very scientific method to crop the pictures. I held the mat over each one and then looked closely and muttered to myself something along the lines of, "Crop right below her cute foot", or, "Crop just to the right of his chubby hand", or in one case in particular, "Crop somewhere near the zipper."

I didn't win my high school science award for nothing.

Next, I carefully taped the edges of each picture onto the back of the photo mat.

I decided to order the pictures in the frame according to age. Once they were all in order, I taped the edges right to the edges of the "frame".

Cory assisted with attaching the hanging hardware.

Voila! I love it so much, I may need to start looking for another window. (Guess who we're saving that empty space for??)

Now, because it's way past my bedtime and I have had a rather blah evening of working on stuff for my pays-the-bills job, I decided to add one final image. And because the previous photos were about as bland and colorless as day-old mashed potatoes, I wanted something with color. Something with life.

Earlier tonight, Cory attempted to get a shot of me with the kids as they were just digging in to their bedtime snacks. This was the best take. Calvin is grabbing his throat in agony, Ruby is wondering what on earth his problem is, and I appear to be impaling myself with a wooden dowel.

I think I shall call this "Keeping it real on a Sunday night".