January 25, 2013

How To Make DIY Sequin Art

I'm so excited to show ya'll my latest little creation...my DIY sequin art I made out of an old piece of thrift store art.


How to make DIY herringbone sequin art out of old thrift store art! Check out the before pics!



Here's what it looked like when I first brought it home. Like a little magenta time capsule straight from 1991.



Luckily, it was only a few bucks, and it was a custom framed print with a nice shape and good size mat. I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.


It was super easy to make, too. All you need is a silver spray paint, white spray paint, a frame, a mat, some paper, hot glue, and some sequins.

First, take apart your frame, and disassemble all of the pieces.




 


Next, spray paint the frame silver, spray paint the mat white, and then use the backside of the old art for your new art. I chose to use Rust-Oleum Flat White for the mat so that it wouldn't stick to the glass. I've had problems with that before, and have found that flat white spray paint works great for this.


Spray painting outdated art mats is such a great way to save money, and I do it all the time now!






Now for the art. I found it helpful to draw a little guide on the backside of artwork. The original print was actually glued to a foamboard, so it was the perfect surface for my new art.

You can really design any shape or pattern you want. I chose to make a herringbone pattern. I sketched out my design with a pen, using a ruler to help. No one will ever see your lines, so don't worry about messing up.




Next, I gathered my supplies: sequins, paper, ribbon, and hotglue.



 


Hotglue your sequins on first. Start from the bottom row and then work your way up, overlapping from left to right, and overlapping each layer vertically.

Then, cut stripes of paper (I used an exacto knife) to fit the next row. Glue those on as well. This will cover up parts of your last row of sequins and make a nice clean line.


I chose to trim everything with silver ribbon, too. It gave it a nice finished look.




Then, put the mat back on, insert your new art back into the frame, and voila! Some chic new art for pennies on the dollar!






I absolutely love the way it turned out!





That's all for today!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to pin this post so you can find it next time you need it!



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47 comments:

  1. Shut the front freakin door, V! It's perfect...I need it!

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    1. Thanks lil' lady!!!!!! You're the best!

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  2. Perfection! Seriously! I feel like you and I have the exact same taste-this would go perfectly in my office/craft area I'm in the process of decorating for!! Love it!

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    1. It's so true...we are decorating peas-in-a-pod!!! xo

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  3. WOW are you kidding me? Not only is this awesome but dang girl you are so stinkin' creative! This is great!

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    1. eeeeek! Thanks Jacque! You are making me blush!

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  4. You know I love my bling girl - so this is right up my alley! So glam!! You are so clever!

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    1. Thanks Heather!!! You are always so sweet!!

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  5. So pretty! I have seen that picture before at our thrift store in the Birmingham, AL area!

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    1. No way!!! Really?! How awesome is that?! Pretty cool!

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  6. Wow! This is such a neat project! I'm always trying to figure out new ways to repurpose outdated frames and prints, and I've never seen anything like this! Newest follower! :)

    April Hoff
    housebyhoff.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome, April!! So happy to have you here! So glad I could inspire! xo

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  7. I like the Magenta better. Haha! Just kidding. The blinged out art is way awesomner. Totally just made that word up.

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    1. ha! You had me worried there for a second! :) And I love your new word. I think I may have used it before. Okay, maybe many times. :)

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  8. Love, love, LOVE it! I think I might need one of these too!

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    1. Thanks Heidi!! Do it! It's such a fun project!

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  9. This is a gorgeous project!!! I love it. Megan

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    1. Thanks so much, Megan! That's so sweet!

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  10. Beautiful as always. I love your style! We are on a DIY streak over here working on our home and I love to reccommend your blog to friends (and I drag my husband over to the computer to admire also). Ha. Keep up the amazing work

    Brittany
    Creatingspacefor5.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Brittany!!! That is absolutely awesome to hear!! xo

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  11. Woah, that turned out gorgeous - nice job!!

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  12. This is fantastic! You are the queen of turning $3 into a million bucks!!

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  13. Super cute project, and really could be applied to any bling - I'm thinking glitter for my g-daughters room. Remember too, that you simply cannot force creativity, nor should you.

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    1. Thank you!! I couldn't even if I tried!! And trust me, I've tried!! :)

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  14. I love it! Very ceartive! It just shows how easy it is to make an ugly piece be so pretty! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  15. Kaaaaaayuuuute! (Cute!) :-) I think your mo-jo has found itself and surfaced again in this project. Can't wait to see where its real home will be.

    Even though I'm an interior decorator, I really don't do a lot of crafting projects....which some people find strange. (I guess my extra time is spent practicing piano, crafting songs and trying to get better. That's my music degree still clamoring for time in my life too. Hee hee!)

    You ARE the Crafting Queen my dear! (BTW, I've got a huge thrift store 90's Tuscan inspired framed print that could use some new life too! I've got an idea about what its new life will look like, just haven't decided to carry it out yet.)

    We'll all be awaiting a February post or two to see what you're working on next :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Connie!! You are always the sweetest! I sure hope this is my mojo resurfacing! :)

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  16. This is seriously the cutest project EVER! I am in love with it! I am pinning! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

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    1. Thanks so much Jaime!!! That is awesome! Thanks for pinning! xo

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  17. ps pinned to the inspiration gallery features board as well, thanks for linking up!
    Jaime

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  18. First of all, I totally get your slump!!! I go through them too with my blog, where I just don't feel creative so i feel like I have nothing to blog about. Or where even when I am feeling creative I don't feel like blogging about it, I just want to do something without having to think about photographing every step and thinking about the best way to explain the process...Most of the time blogging is really fun but sometimes I get where it feels like kind of a drag!! Maybe I shouldn't admit that but it's true!
    Second.....I LOVE LOVE LOVE this art!!! It is so pretty and glam and just freaking creative. I'm featuring this on Wednesday! It'll be up on my blog at 9 am e. :) You've made me want to run out and buy a bunch of sequins!!

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  19. SO Cute! I love that it's sparkly but not over the top ;) Might have to try something like this in our home. I totally get the funk thing too...just take a breather and take it easy, you'll get back to it when you don't feel pressure. :) em @ http://couplejones.com

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  20. You are brilliant. I loved your post on the silver lantern, and mentioned then that I never thought of spraying old finds silver. It's a great color. I have turned away from buying many a good-sized frame from the thrift stores because it was that nasty aged gold color. I've tried to paint them but the paint just peels off. I will have to remember to imagine them in silver next time I'm out. You have possibly just given me a new 'thing' to get all busy with, thanks!
    Nikki
    rushedmommy.com

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  21. Looks like I need to make another trip to Goodwill to see what craptastic artwork I can find! I am seriously digging this. I love the pattern and the idea to use sequins. Pinned it for future reference! Hope you're all thawed out from that snowstorm by now...

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  22. Where can you find jumbo sequin? I've checked Michael's and 3 dollar stores to no avail!!

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  23. Quality of the posts is much more important than how many you can churn out in a week or month or year. I just found your blog via pinterest and I just want to say THANK YOU for telling us we can paint mats. I had NO idea and now will do this all time time. YEAH!

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  24. This isn't about the craft (which is cute BTW), but I was wondering where you found that vanity tray? I have been searching for one like that for a long time!

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  25. Amazing! This place is so full of great inspiration. Thank you so much!

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  26. Beautiful results! Glad I came across your site! Becoming new follower!

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  27. How many sequins did you use? Thanks!! My daughter LOVES sequins

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  28. It was a snowy day today so I tried doing this with the supplies I had on hand (i.e. glitter!)... yours definitely turned out better! I tried to paint the glue on evenly, but the glitter still came out blotchy and uneven. Sequins are definitely the way to go!

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    1. I love this! Mine turned out awesome! Thank you!

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  29. How large were the sequins you used?

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  30. I'm getting a dream board made and you've challenged me to put in personal touches to my projects. Thanks for the many helpful tips, now just need to find stores in kenya that stock spray paint and sequins.
    ION, I got plenty of clear vases as wedding presents that I'd like to put to good use in organizing my dresser. Clear is a bit boring, I'd like some color on them. Any ideas? I was thinking of something translucent that allows me to see through.

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