DIY Frame/Memory Board

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I loved this frame/memory board that I saw at my local craft store! However, I did not like the $70 price tag!!!

The wheels started turning in my head and I thought I am going to make one myself…

I picked up a few frames at a yard sale that ranged in price from $.25 to $1.00. I painted two of them (the one at the bottom silver then red with spray paint (let them dry between coats) and then I used sandpaper to distress it around the edges. The other I used a dry brush and acrylic paint to give it a weathered look).


I had the board on hand from another sale that only cost me $3.00.
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I used black gesso (that I had in my stash of paints) to prime the board (or use a color of your choice…you may need to use more than one coat since natural wood tends to absorb the color).
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I tend not to wear gloves, but as you can see, it would be a good idea to wear them. 🙂
I then added a coat of charcoal to tone down the boldness of the black gesso.
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Once the board was dry, I added a self-leveling picture hanger to the back.
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I first secured the top picture with a nail and then placed a nail to hold the bottom frame.
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Then, I placed the other three on the board to get the spacing between them and attached each with a nail.

Here’s my frame/memory board.
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Not an exact look alike, but I believe I achieved the look I wanted. Plus, my version only cost me $7.00 instead of $70.00! Yes, $7.00!!! Makes me love it even more!

I hope this encourages and helps you to make your own frame/memory board to showcase your favorite moments!

Happy art making!
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