Feeling Crafty – Personalised Farmyard Frames

I love something that is personalised don’t you?

Sam got a few wee personliased bits when he was born with his date of birth, weight, time of birth etc. They are such thoughtful gifts and something a wee bit different.

I wanted some more wee bits for his room and am making a bit of a picture wall in part of his nursery (stay tuned for a room reveal on the blog in due course) so I decided to get a bit crafty myself!

I knew I wanted to incorporate this gorgeous Sophie Allport Farmyard print ‘On the Farm‘ as I had bought Sam the lunch bag and backpack for starting crèche when I go back to work. I just love the design and the colours. You can view the full range HERE.

The gift paper was only £2 per sheet.
I bought these two rustic style frames in The Range. They were a total bargain and have a huge selection and are something a little different to the Ikea box frames you see everywhere.

The frames were £2.29 (6×6″) and £3.29 (8×8″). These were called ‘washed wood deep box frames found HERE!

I then ordered these MDF cut out tractors on eBay from Laser Monkey, they do lots of shapes and designs.

These were a bargain at 5 for £2.70 inc delivery!

I then ordered these letters from another eBay page HERE for only £1.38 inc postage.
The cattle shapes I actually already had from our wedding (our table names were cattle breeds – such a farmers wife!). I got them on eBay too and had a local company called Piece Makers laser cut the breed names on them.

To make the frames I used double sided tape to stick the paper onto the back piece of the frame.

I tried the spray adhesive but found it a bit messy and it soaked through the paper. The tape was so much easier and quick!

I then decided I wanted to stain the MDF so it was a little darker and looked less unfinished. I had this wood stain already ‘Dulux Woodsheen in colour Church Oak’.

It didn’t take to the MDF overly well so instead of brush strokes I dappled it on (not sure if that is even a word!).

Once happy with the stain I just used blue tack to stick the letters and tractor in place. I probably should have used a ruler to measure if it was all centred but just did it by eye and with the blue tack it allowed me to move it about a bit.

I did the same with the cow shape staining it and hey presto! I am still undecided whether or not to stain the frame itself but will see how it all looks in the room first off.

In total the frames cost me £11.70 (I had the other materials in the house already).
I think that is really reasonable for something personalised. You also get a sense of achievement making it yourself and I even have bits left over so I could make something personalised for any friends of family who have a little one in the near future.
Tara x


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