Hello everyone. Recently I was contacted to replicate a Mickey Mouse Photo-Op frame. The client sent me a few pictures that she found on the internet. She not only wanted to use the frame for her son's birthday party so she could get pictures of her guests, she also wanted to reuse the frame as a wall decoration. Her last request was for the lettering on the frame to read "Christian's Clubhouse". I welcomed to opportunity as it would allow me to experiment a bit and use a few different techniques that I have not used before.
The first thing I did was cut out most of the pieces I would need and gave them a few coats of paint.
Next, I created a template out of ordinary copy paper for the hands. I had to make them a few times. I had a bit of difficulty getting the proportions correct. I wanted the hands to be a little bit over-sized, but I also wanted them to be proportionate to the frame as well as the ears and feet. After a few tries, I managed to get them to the size I liked. I traced the hands onto the foam, cut them out, and applied a few layers of paint.
For the next step, I cut out the center of the frame and painted the inside edges. Once the paint was dry, I covered each piece with Modge Podge (matt finish). This does two things, it provides a protective coating, so that it's more resistant to wear, and it also brings the colors to life. It makes the colors brighter and more vivid. I had to let this dry for about 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.
For the lettering, I didn't want to do them by hand. I wanted the lines to be crisp and sharp. I thought it would be a great contrast to the other pieces on the frame. I fond a great free Disney font online and used my Cricut to cut out the letters on yellow vinyl. I was a little apprehensive doing this because I wasn't sure if the transfer vinyl would stick to the Modge Podged frame and pull it up. To my surprise, it worked perfectly. The transfer vinyl didn't stick and the vinyl lettering stuck on nicely.
After the lettering was applied, I was then able apply 1" x 1" strips of wood to the back of the frame. The wood strips are necessary for a few reasons: strengthen and stabilize the piece and to provide a place where hardware could be attached so that the frame could be hung on the wall (this was a the customer's request). I didn't attach any hardware because this was to be used first at a birthday party for a photo-op. I thought it would just get in the way or be troublesome. I attached the wood to the back of the frame with liberal amounts of hot glue. I've tried other adhesives, but I found that hot glue works the best. Once the wood strips were glued in place, I painted the back of the frame black and the wood strips black.
Lastly, once the paint dried, I flipped the frame over and attached the hands, feet, and ears to the frame with hot glue.
I'm pretty pleased with the final result. I was able to combine a few different techniques and experiment with proportion a little bit. I learned a few things along the way as well and really enjoy these types of projects.
If you or anyone you know would like something like this, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading!
Letts Party is an event decorating service located in Hamilton, New Jersey 08610.