I Love to Create: Tax Day Frame

Happy Tax Day, everyone–and by happy, I really mean “happy” because who really feels any joy on April 15th? The cure for cash sadness though is often, a little craftiness! This week on I Love to Create I’m pinching pennies by opting to embellish an old frame rather than buying a new one; saying ta-ta to tax-time, using those no-longer-needed receipts as a decoupage medium.

Used Frame (The smoother the frame surface, the better.)
Small Pile of Receipts (Amount varies based on frame size)
Sponge Brush

  1. Remove backing and glass from frame. Make sure frame surface is clean.
  2. Using a sponge brush, apply a thin coat of Collage Pauge to the portion of the frame you’re going to start with.
  3. Rip receipt into desired size pieces (so that you get the “torn edge” look) and lay one piece at a time, on top of Collage Pauged area. Smooth with your finger. Add a layer of Collage Pauge over top of the receipt piece. Repeat this process until frame is covered, layering paper bits over each other where desired. Note: Collage medium will fade the black print on receipts. To break up the bland, use ticket stubs, price tags or the colored logo portions of receipts.
  4. Cover entire frame front with a couple of additional layers of Collage Pauge, letting them dry in between applications. That’s all there is to it!
As Ben Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death, taxes and the will to craft.” Well, or something like that. 😉
Read last week’s I Love to Create column here.