Take inspiration from oak trees and turn cast-off twigs and acorns into a rustic frame for a sepia-toned illustration. The earthy materials also look great when used to frame black-and-white photos.
1. Measure the picture to be framed. Add an inch to the measurements on each side and cut wool felt to these measurements.
2. With glue gun on warm setting, apply glue along back edges of picture and adhere to felt.
3. Hot glue long twigs onto the felt along edges of picture to create a frame.
4. Trim felt backing with scallop scissors to create decorative edge.
5. Lay small twigs across corners of the twig frame and secure them with a needle and heavy thread.
6. Hot glue four acorn caps to four small round pieces of felt, scallop edges, then hot glue one to each side of the frame's felt backing. Hot glue a length of velvet ribbon to the back of the frame for hanging.
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