I am so glad I got to do this, and now get to show you! This is a super easy way to add some spookiness to your home for Halloween this year. I keep seeing these awesome prints on old book pages, and I am absolutely in love with them. I had a few cheap frames laying around that I had picked up from Goodwill, which I decided to use.
I found this great website called The Graphics Fairy, that has these awesome free printables for Halloween! She had actually printed them on fabric, but I went with pages from an old book I had laying around. I had to adjust the size to fit the page when I printed them. It couldn't be simpler!
What you need:
Wooden picture frames
An old book
A paper plate
Halloween clip art
How to make them:
Start by downloading these printables from the Graphics Fairy website. Tear a few pages out of an old book. If you don't have any that you are unattached to, go down to your local thrift store and pick one up for next to nothing. Paste your clip art images onto a blank document on your computer and print them, making sure to adjust the paper size to match that of your book pages.
You can use any type of frame you like for these, but for this easy distressed look, you'll need wooden frames. Start by painting your base color. Craft paints are so inexpensive and versatile, that I always have them around in every color. Once your base has dried, take a piece of sand paper, and begin to rough up the color until some of the wood begins to show through. You can do this as much or as little as you like. Next, you'll want to place a small amount of black paint on the plate and add a little water to it, so it becomes runny. Lightly dip your brush (I used a fan brush) in the paint, patting off any excess, and drag it lightly over the frame. If it seems to thick, add more water to your brush and go over it again, or use a paper towel to wipe away thick spots. Allow the paint to dry, trim down your pictures, and pop them into the frames for some cool Halloween decor!
I found this great website called The Graphics Fairy, that had these awesome free printables for Halloween! She had actually printed them on fabric, but I went with pages from an old book I had. I had to adjust the size to fit the page when I printed them.
I decided I wanted to frames to look more distressed, so I used some sand paper to rough them up and strip away some of the paint. I then used a fan brush and some watered down black acrylic paint to do a light wash over them and give the colors more depth.
I decided to add the distress after I framed the printouts, so the photos may seem out of order.