Blue Willow Ware frames make a fabulous hostess gift, birthday gift, or Christmas gift for anyone who loves to collect Blue Willow Ware.
If you are Looking for some fun vintage crafts that will allow you to display your vintage Blue Willow Ware collection in a new way. Well, these Vintage Blue Willow Ware frames are super easy to make and can add quite a bit of whimsical blue and white color!
These Vintage Blue Willow Ware creations can be used to decorate the fireplace mantel or even the China buffet. Simple and colorful Vintage Blue Willow Ware make this craft project fun and easy for kids too!
To make this simple Vintage Blue Willow Ware picture frame you will need:
Vintage Blue Willow Ware Plates (or broken pieces)
1 inexpensive wood picture frame
I find great little wooden picture frames at the dollar store, flea markets, yard sales, and even Wal Mart. They are super cheap and perfect to turn into this simple Vintage Blue Willow Ware frame craft project. Try to choose a frame that has a completely flat surface or even a groove for you to set your broken Blue Willow Ware plate pieces into.
So, the first thing I like to do is lightly sand the picture frame. Make sure you take the back off and the glass out.
Wipe off any dust.
Paint on a layer of primer.
Now, once that has dried go ahead and paint your picture frame in any color you like. The whole reason to paint this frame is that you can see it behind the Blue Willow Ware pieces, so you want it to match. If you are going to cover the entire frame in Blue Willow Ware plates, then you do not have to paint or prime.
Once the paint had dried you can start to glue on your Vintage Blue Willow Ware.
You will need to break your Blue Willow Ware pieces into small pieces. You can do this with a hammer and a paper bag. Try to use inexpensive reproduction Blue Willow Ware or pieces of your grandmother’s that have broken or been damaged over time.
Now, if you want to grout around your Vintage Blue Willow Ware you will need to use tile adhesive to glue them to the frame. If you do not want to grout then use hot glue.
Don’t forget to cover the sides of the frame with Vintage Blue Willow Ware as well.
Let this Blue Willow Ware frame let the glue dry completely for about 2 days.
If you are grouting then you need to let the adhesive dry according to the directions. Now, apply a coat of grout covering the Vintage Blue Willow Ware like you would tile. Now, wipe off any excess with a sponge.
Simply follow the directions on your jar of pre made grout. This will give a really pulled together look on your vintage Blue Willow Ware frame. Try using a colored grout or even a cement colored grout for a vintage look.