This fun falling leaves mosaic frame is easy to create, and a perfect fall decoration! Give as a gift, or use in your own home.
For this craft, you will need:
– Wooden photo frame, any size
– Faux Mosaic Kit by Ranger Industries (http://www.rangerink.com)
– Various amounts of patterned paper or cardstock in browns, golds, rusts, reds, and other fall colors
– Different size leaf photos or cutouts from scrapbook paper
– Lettering templates
– Brown colored acrylic paint
– Gold metallic rub on
– Gold fall scrapbook charms
Start by removing the backing and glass from the frame. Set both aside. Using the paintbrush and brown colored acrylic paint, coat the entire wooden frame. Allow the paint to dry.
Using the manufacturer directions included with the Faux Mosaic kit, grout the entire photo frame. Allow the frame to dry. Paint the grout with brown colored acrylic paint and allow it to dry fully.
Cut out various squares and triangles out of the patterned paper. (TIP: The thicker the paper, the better it will work as a mosaic.) Try to avoid perfect shaped pieces, as keeping them irregular will create the “mosaic” look. Irregular shapes can also be cut. You will want to try to stick to a central color theme, but otherwise anything goes! Using the lettering kit, cut out the words “fall fun” from solid colored cardstock. Also, using either a paper punch or cutting our printed shapes, cut several sizes of fall leaves from scrapbook paper. Another idea is to find actual pictures of fall leaves and cut the shapes from those. Use your imagination!
Arrange all pieces on the frame (shapes, leaf cutouts, and wording). Adhere using the Faux Mosaic Glue contained in the kit. Glaze the tiles as directed in the kit. Apply several coats, and let dry thoroughly. Adhere the scrapbook fall charms to the frame. Use the metallic rub on to the edges of the frame for a worn, antiqued look.
Replace the glass, insert your favorite fall photo, and reinstall the frame backing. Enjoy!
TIP: Take a good look at the photo you wish to insert into the frame before choosing your mosaic tile papers. Pull colors that will coordinate with the photo. For example, if there is a pile of leaves in the background with more yellow and reds than browns, stick to more of those colors in your frame. Don’t be afraid to mix bright and light shades of the same color. After all, this is a mosaic… things don’t have to look uniform! Be creative!