I’m always looking for fun ways to display my precious photos, and this is a simple tipster that gives a great space effect with materials you probably already own!
I picked up some plain wooden frames from a charity shop, and decided they would be perfect to display some photos and give to my friend Henry for his birthday. Henry is mad about space, and we both joke that we’re going to be astronauts, so I decided to bring space a little closer with this simple DIY.
I did a bit of research on the internet, but couldn’t find any tutorials for similar projects. Eventually, I just collected up all the paint and brushes I could find and started experimenting. My favourite thing about this is that if you go wrong, you can just blend it in and it looks like another part of the galaxy – perfect!
First, collect your materials:
- Scrap paper or newspaper, (use this to completely cover your workspace – paint will go everywhere!)
- Paintbrushes of different sizes, and a glass or tub of water
- Paint, (I used a mix of Indigo, purple, pink, white, silver and gold. You are free to choose your own variations)
- Spraypaint (I actually found the silver spray paint most useful, but it is not essential)
- Some plain wood photo frames of any size
First, paint your frame with a solid coat of black or dark blue to serve as your base coat.
Don’t worry too much about letting the paint dry in between steps, as the blending effect is very helpful.
Next, use a purple or pink colour to add highlights. Make swirling motions with your brush and try to be very random and impulsive
Time to add some constellations! Use gold and silver spray paint (or flick gold and silver paint onto your frame using a stiff paintbrush or an old toothbrush) to create swathes of ‘stars’. Again, try not to be too regimented, and improvise, you can’t go wrong!
Finally, use white paint and a thin brush to add small ‘stars’ wherever you choose. This may be a good opportunity to add pink touches, and remember, if you want to change anything, just smudge the paint with your finger so that it blends together, and start again!
Your frames are complete. Let them dry, and then add the photos of your choice.