My youngest daughter got married last month and I now have a new son-in-law. And I thought it would be nice to put together a hand-made frame for some of her nicer photos of the two of them together. So naturally, my mind went to toilet paper. What? Oh wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. You see, since the Faux Metal Wall Art project, I have been inundated with toilet paper tubes. At least several times a week, a family member, friend or vague aquaintance will hand me a bag full of toilet paper tubes. Everyone wants me to come up with a sequel to that project. What have I done to myself? Well, the lengths I will go to in the name of artsy-craftiness.
So the idea of a Faux Metal Filigree Frame was born.
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For this project I used:
The first step was to take the frames apart, separating the glass and cardboard backing from the actual frame. Then lay the frames out upside down, lining up the tops of the two top frames and separating them by 3″ from each other and the two frames below them.
Carefully turn your piece over. It will be fragile at this moment, but as you add the filligree, it will become much stronger.
Now cut the toilet paper tubes once length-wise, then mark 1/4″ lines along the width of the tube so that your strips will have a curl. I went ahead and cut up all my toilet paper tubes, creating a pile of paper curls to work with. Set aside one toilet paper tube to cut in 1/4″ strips lengthwise to use for occasional straight pieces.
The simplest way to do this is to curl your paper to match a finished section, then flip it over to place on the opposite side. This makes for a relatively even pattern.
Be sure to glue to the frames as you go. Once the project is complete, it is amazingly sturdy.
A final touch for the center flower to give it a little 3-D effect, was to add center petals. Cut one of the coils in an angled fashion as shown. Curl it with your fingers and glue into the center edges of the flower.
If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also enjoy some of my other Faux tutorials such as Faux Stained Glass, and my Faux Wood Inlay. Both projects take simple items and turn them into unusual pieces of art.
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