I found this beautiful but broken frame at Tuesday Morning in the clearance section. I guess someone broke the mirror portion in the middle. So because of this accident, I got a great deal! $14 for this beautiful golden geometric frame. When I bought it, I had no idea what I was going to do with this but I knew this needed to be in my home. So after playing around with ideas, I decided to make it into a beautiful succulent and initial home decor piece.
- Balsa Wood Strips – $2.99/each- (I needed 5 strips for this project but you might need more or less depending on size of project)
- Variety of craft paint – (I chose dark green, medium green, light green and metallic gold)
- Paint or foam brushes
- Exacto knife or scissors (exacto is easier to cut balsa)
- Glue Gun
- Plastic Succulents
- Empty Frame – Try garage sales or clearance bins!
- Wooden Initial
Remove the back of the mirror frame.
Measure out the balsa wood to fit the frame.
Cut each piece of balsa wood to fit the frame. **Tip: Most frames have an edge where it overlaps the back piece. You will need to make sure that with the extra thickness it will still fit in the frame. I cut my balsa wood a little short to ensure the back piece would still fit in the frame. **
Make sure all the pieces line up and trim any extra wood.
Hot Glue all the pieces of balsa wood to the frame’s back piece.
Begin painting. I chose 3 shades of green acrylic craft paint. I layered them starting with the darkest color first and added the other two colors to give the piece some depth and possibly look like wood grain but painted green. **Tip: I used a paper towel to smear the colors so that they looked blended.**
Paint your initial whatever color you prefer. I chose a metallic gold color to pull in the color of the golden frame. I used regular craft paint and a sponge brush.
Once everything is dry, it’s time to put it all together. First put the back piece back into the frame. Make sure that the direction lines with how you want to hang it before you add your succulents and wooden initial.
First, lay out all your elements on the frame to make sure you like it. I played with lots of variations of flower and initial placement before deciding. Next, hot glue each succulent in place one by one to keep your design intact and finally hot glue the initial on. After that let it dry and you are FINISHED! Time to enjoy your new quick and easy home decor accent piece!