Introduction: BBQ Skewer Picture Frames
these simple elegant photos are easy to make and brighten up any room in your home or office. so long as you are a good drawer you can make decor that fits any style room. ive made about twenty of these in my lifetime and i sell them to friends. they also make great little gifts. have fun decorating :G
Step 1: Easy to Gather Materials:
1 or 2 10in. BBQ skewers
thread or yarn (embroidery string works best!)
colored pencils (only art supplies that work)
use sketch paper or heavier weight paper (if you want no light to pass through)
you can make a picture that displays messages when you hold it up to light but you cant use paper any thicker than office paper
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces
now you can cut your skewers. im makin g mine a square because im lazy but you can cut pieces differently
3in. by 4half
4half y 5in.
4in. by 5in.
they can be any length as long as 2 are 1measurement and 2 are the second measurement so u can make a square
Step 3: Starting to Build
take 2 skewers of different lengths (IMPORTANT!!!!!!!) make sure the skewers are not the same length unless u are making a perfect square
now tie them together like shown below
Step 4: Starting to Wind
bend the joint so it looks like an L shape
now wind the thread around the frame on the outer side of the joint about ten times
look at the second image now wind the thread along the inner side of the joint about ten times
(alternate these steps until the joint is solid and the swewer does not slide between the thread when you take your hand off
Step 5: Continuing to Wind
now that u have completed a joint... you can continue to the next without disconnecting the thread
(remember im using embroidery string which is much thicker than thread. thread is too thin to show up on camera)
wind around the cylinder as shown below
Step 6: Finishing on Your Own
once you are close to the end of the skewer place another one and wind it the same way as the first joint.
(this time you don't need to tie)
continue until you have a complete square (or whatever shape u wer hoping for)
im sorry im leaving the rest up to you but i have confidence in you that you can complete this task without further assistance :G
Step 7: The Picture
now lay your completed frame on the office paper.
trace the outline of ur frame and cut it out just a little bit inside the lines.
now u can draw your picture... draw whatever ur little heart desires the most
(if ur lazy you can print a picture and trim it to fit which is an easy alternative for beginners.)
when done just tape the photo in the frame but before u do this check out opt. attachments
Step 8: Opt. Attachments
when you have your picture drawn you can write an invisible message on the back. if you draw a waterfall for ex. and want the word EARTH to be in the middle you can follow these instructions
flip over your frame and find the spot where u want to write on the back of the picture. write the message as a COMPLETE MIRROR IMAGE dont u dare mess this up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(write in black colored pencil and press hard or else it wont show up
tape a sheet of paper the same size as the photo to the back.
if you have done everything correctly... you should not be able to see words from either side, now hold it up to a bright light and the letters will amgically appear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
now tape it into the frame
Step 9: Ur Done
ur done u little designer u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
now go have fun
i challenge u to think of new ways to use these frames but have fun for now
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