Sunday, October 9, 2011

Frosted Designs Show Me Sunday Tutorial: Halloween "eek" frame

Hi everyone!! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tutorial!

Today I am going to show you how I made my "eek" Halloween hanging frame.

These are the things you will need:

  •     wooden frame
  •     acrylic paint, black and orange
  •     foam and paint brushes
  •     patterned paper
  •     cardstock
  •     Mod Podge
  •     ink
  •     wooden letters
  •     chipboard
  •     canvas fabric
  •     spider stickers
  •     needle and thread
  •     black pearls
  •     picture wire
  •     staple gun
  •     ribbon

 I used a foam brush and did a quick 2 coat over the outside and inside of the wooden frame. After I let it dry, I used the frame as a stencil and traced the face/front shape onto my patterned paper. I used my paper trimmer and cut it out. After some trimming down to the appropriate size, I used my Tim Holtz Distress Stain in weathered wood to ink the inside and outside paper edges. (You don't have to use this particular ink, any ink pad in the color of your choice would work, but these little guys are awesome!!) I then Mod Podged the pattern paper to the frame per bottle instruction. I gave it two coats.

I hand drew my flower layers onto the back of the canvas fabric, and then cut them out. I alternated the patterns/layers. The larger flower layers start at about 3 inches and go down to about 1 1/2 inches. The smaller flower layers start at about 2 1/2 inches and go down to 1 1/2 inches. To fray the flower edges, I took the flower layers and just started tugging, wiggling and pulling at the edges, loosening the threads until they were to my liking.

After all the flower layers were frayed,  I laid them on top of each other and rotated them until they looked the way I wanted them to. I then folded them in half, inward and vertically, and put 2 stitches through the fold, close to the edge. I then folded the layers horizontally and gave them another stitch or two. This is what gives them their dimension. I used some pop-dot adhesives on my spider stickers so they would stand out.

For the spider web, I hand drew my web onto a piece of chipboard, and used my craft knife to cut it out. I then painted it black with 2 coats of acrylic paint. The web is roughly 4 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. (If you have a die cut spider web, that would work, too. I didn't have one that I liked for this project, so I chose to hand draw and cut out.)

For the letters, I painted them black using a small paint brush to get into the small curves of them. After 2 coats, I painted the face/front of them with orange acrylic paint. You will have to paint multiple coats of orange onto the letters, just be sure to let the paint dry in-between each coat. After they are dry, ink the edges of the letters with some black ink. I used just a basic black water based ink for mine. Depending on the tools/supplies you have, you may need to get creative to get the curved parts of the letters inked. For example, I had to used a Q-tip on mine.

After all the parts were done, I adhered it all together. I added the black pearls and spiders to the left side, and also added some spiders to the web. I also cut and added the pattern paper and black cardstock matting (I matted to a 3x3 square), cut the picture wire and stapled each end to the back side of the frame. I then cut 3 1/2 - 5 inch strips of ribbon and tied them to the wire alternating between each ribbon. I also added a few pieces of ric-rac randomly through the ribbon. And there you have it!

I hope you all enjoyed learning how to make this fun, cute Halloween hanging frame! I would love to see what you create based on this tutorial!! Link me in a comment, and I will head over and check it out!!
Thanks everyone, and have an amazing day!!

Much love,


  1. This is stunning Jenny, and considering I don't do Halloween that says This is such a great tutorial and the pics are fantastic not too mention it will make a beautiful piece of decor.

  2. Aweosme frame!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I love all the details:) TFS!
    Sherrie K

  3. Love it wish we clebrated Halloween here too! Tx


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