Dollar Store Craft Make $3 Wall Art Trio

by Johnnie Collier

 

Dollar Store Craft Three Dollar Wall Art DIY

 

 

I am so excited to share with you this great Dollar Tree wall art project that you can make for $3!  I found some adorable spring/summer print gift bags on my most recent trip there and decided to bring them home and make barn wood frames from scrap wood for them. While there, I also grabbed the coordinating navy blue planter, knowing I would put the DIY Paper Daisies I showed you last spring in there to go with the daisy on one of the cute gift bags.  Once I got the three bags framed, I decided there needed to be text on the chevron backgrounds, so I cut out “Oh Glorious Day” using my Cricut.  You can get the cut file too!

How to Make Wall Art

DIY Barnwood Frame Tutorial Reclaimed Wood

 

Here are the three bags.  I loved the daisy and the chevron prints in coordinating colors on the other bag.

TUTORIAL:

I measured the bags to see how big to make my frames.  I decided I wanted the opening to be 9×10 inches.

 

How to Cut Wood With Table Saw

I shared an Ana White Barnwood Frame Plan in this DIY Barnwood Frame Tutorial with Free Printables.  For this project, I wanted different dimensions and learned a couple of tricks I want to share along the way.  I wanted to use 1×2 inch boards, but didn’t have enough of that dimension on hand, so I ripped 1×4 scraps with my table saw by setting the guide arm at 1.5 inches (which is the actual width of a 1×2 board).  I

How to cut with Miter Saw

Next I set my miter saw to 45º and cut one end of my homemade 1×2.

How to cut Mitered Corners for frame

I measured from the short inner point of the angle 9 inches over and cut the other side going the opposite direction (so I moved my miter saw 45º to the left).

How to Make a Barnwood Frame

I lined the inner frame up with 1×2 flipped up on its side to know where to make the 45º cuts for the outer frame.  This was easier and quicker than measuring!  I used 2 paint stirrers to give me the thickness for attaching the inner frame to the outer so that the back of the frame would be recessed for my foam mounted gift bags (foam mounting happens after the frames are made, see below).

Ryobi Air Strike Nailer For Joining Inner and Outter Frame

Use wood glue at the join and clamp the inner and outer frame together.  Nail in place with 2 inch nails.  Did I ever tell you I love this Ryobi AirStrike cordless nailer?  I do.  It is a go to tool for me.  So easy to use, CORDLESS, goodbye hammer and nails.

Mount Picture on Foam Board

Cut foam board to fit in the back of the recessed frame.  Cut the desired image area off of the gift bag and adhere it to the foam board with Super 77 or other mounting adhesive.

Smooth out Wrinkles with Hand

Smooth wrinkles from the center out with your hand.

Paint Frame With Chalk Paint

Paint frame with color of choice.  I used white chalk paint and antiqued the edges with  FolkArt Antiquing Medium .  I sealed with Krylon Clear Coat Matte Finish because it was nice outside and I was excited that I could use spray sealer after such a long winter!  Wax or varnish would be fine too.

Put Image in Barnwood Frame

Since the foam board is cut to the same dimensions as the recess in the back of the frame, the picture pretty much fits and stays.  I used clear packing tape to secure it in place.

I used Coordinations adhesive cardstock in yellow and my Cricut with SCAL software to cut out the text, which I created in Photoshop (“oh” is “Always in My Heart” font and “GLORIOUS DAY” is Ostrich Sans Black).  Since the paper was adhesive I just peeled off the letters and put them on the chevron patterned framed backgrounds like you see in the photo.  You could use the cut file to make a stencil and paint the letters on, or print them in your favorite color and cut them out by hand too.

Download “oh”

Download “GLORIOUS DAY!!!”

Attach sawtooth hanger or wire to the back to hang!

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