Shanty Photo Art

So with 7 days to go I finished my LAST Christmas gift today… WOOHOO:)!  I am usually so last minute and find myself at Walgreen’s on Christmas Eve picking up at least 2 that I forgot but this year I finally had my act together.  All of the siblings draw names for Christmas and I picked my youngest sister.  Her request this year was framed pics of my kids… easy enough.  But… I wanted to “shanty” it up a bit.  Here is what I did…
I started by getting my supplies.  I found some super shanty 4X6, 5X7, and 8X10 frames at the Dollar Tree.
And… a super cute but much in need of a makeover large frame.
I started by giving all of my pieces a few good coats of our favorite… Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Canyon Black.
While that was drying I started on the next step.  I originally planned on covering the cardboard with burlap but this frame had a plastic piece rather than glass so I just decided to cover it instead.  I sprayed the plastic with spray adhesive.
I then cut the extras off and left a couple inches to work with.
My hot glue gun came to town at this point.  I was done in almost no time!  I started by gluing my extras to the opposite side of the plastic.
When I was done it looked like this…
I then put the covered plastic back into the now black frame and it looked a bit like this…
Awww… Already soooo much better don’t you think:)!
The next step was to arrange and glue all my frames and my applique.  I eyeballed them and placed them where I wanted them and then used the hot glue again to attach each frame to the burlap.
And when I was finished it looked like this…
Almost finished…  My final step was to add my little clippies.  I found these at Walmart at around $1 for 2… woohoo again:)
I used my hot glue again to attach a clip to the center of each frame.
Now for my favorite part… the adding of the kiddos!  I printed out some b&w’s at Walmart and clipped them up.  I LOVE how it turned out! I wanted to give her something that she could easily change out and maybe someday put pics of her own kids… hint, hint Leash;)  I also love the mix of the burlap, metal and fancy black.  It just makes me smile.  Now… I must make myself give it up:)  That is the hardest part!  So guys… What do you think??


  1. Sunshine on December 18, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE project this!!!

  2. Jen on December 18, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    One word: Awesomeness!

  3. kristen on December 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I love-love this idea!! You girls are awesome. What are the dimensions of the big frame that you used?

  4. Kim's Treasures on December 18, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Love it!

  5. Debilou~Mississippi Mama on December 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    What a great idea,, and something you cant go out and buy in the store is always so much better. She'll love it.

  6. Cha Cha on December 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I love this idea. I am going to do this in my bedroom. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  7. [email protected] and Cheese on December 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    This is incredibly cute and well done! Pottery Barn is going to copy you on this one!

  8. The Toll House Cookie on December 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Fantastic idea!!!

  9. Nancy @ Live love laugh on December 18, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Love this! I would not have thought of the clips! I am always sticking pictures up -poking out of the china cabinet, fridge, other frames-so this way I can change them up! Thanks!

  10. Our Life :) on December 18, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I am soooo in love with this project, I can't wait to try it out for myself! 🙂

  11. [email protected] on December 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    What do I think ? I think you are brilliant and your kids are adorable !

  12. duchess on December 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    That turned out great – I'm sure she'll love it. I just hope she doesn't read your blog.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Patti on December 18, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Love this idea…especially the "clips" so the photos can be changed out so easily. Happy Holidays

  14. KirkKrew on December 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    So cute!!! Hopefully she doesn't read the blog! 😉

  15. Julie on December 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This could be my favorite shanty to chic! I l-o-v-e it!! This is on my to-do list after the holidays!

  16. Bonita on December 18, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Your creativity astounds me! She is going to love it! Gorgeous!

  17. Cami on December 18, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Perfect! Know I know what to do with a gorgeous, but in need of help, frame I just got…thank you for sharing this fabulous idea!

  18. HouseMama on December 18, 2009 at 6:33 am

    O.M.Gosh – it is beautiful! She is going to just l.o.v.e. it.

  19. design_aholic on December 18, 2009 at 5:58 am

    ok Whitney, this is going in my file now too!!! I.LOVE.LOVE.LOVE.THIS. 🙂 I wouldn't give it up either!

  20. Rachelle on December 18, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Well, consider this in my idea file now! I LOVE it. LOVE LOVE LOVE.




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