A few weeks ago I stumbled upon these chic Bobbin frames on Etsy and fell in love:
They were a bit pricey and shipping across the pond was over $54, so I decided to attempt a DIY.
I am happy to report it was successful, quick, and very easy, so today I’m sharing a tutorial that will give you a Bobbin frame look on a budget!
What you’ll need:
- These Amazon frames $11.82 (you can get more if you’d like, but I ordered the pack of two to start)
- 15 mm half wood balls $6 (it’s important you get the 15 mm because they’re the perfect width for the Amazon frames)
- Glue gun (this is my glue gun of choice because it’s cordless)
- Glue sticks (I only needed 1/2 glue stick per frame)
- Spray primer $5
- Paint color of choice (I chose Farrow and Ball French Gray)
- Polyurethane triple thick spray $13
TOTAL COST OF MATERIALS TO MAKE TWO FRAMES (NOT INCLUDING GLUE GUN, GLUE STICKS, PAINT BRUSH AND PAINT, WHICH I ALREADY HAD): $36
Two frames for less than $40 is way cheaper than the Etsy frames! For just one of the same size frames on Etsy + shipping, it came out to over $100.
Hot glue the balls to the frame. Like the Bobbin frames on Etsy, I glued the balls very close together, but you can space them a bit apart if you prefer.
Prime the frame. I hand-painted with Killz but I recommend spraying for smoother and quicker coverage
Once the primer dries, it’s time for your first coat of paint. I chose Farrow and Ball French Gray.
Use a small (good quality) brush to paint the balls and frame.
And make sure you….how do I say this…get in between the balls
Let dry and paint a second coat if necessary
Moving on to the last step (see, I told you this would be super easy)
This is the part where you really get this finished lacquered look:
Lay your frame on a cardboard box or any other flat/dust-free surface outside and spray with Varathane Polyurethane triple thick spray
I only used one coat because I was pleased with how it dried
Let it cure for about 24 hours and…
Hope this was helpful! If DIY’s aren’t your thing, you can shop the look below:
Seems really fun and easy thanks for putting this together
Pam Dunn says
Thank you! Really cute and your directions were perfect.
I’m ordering all the supplies now…love.love. Love this!!! On a different note, you may have shared this, but can you tell me the source of your topiary and pot also shown in photo with the completed frame? Thank you so much for sharing all you do! ♥️
I adore this! Question for you— I live in an apartment without easy access to a place I can spraypaint. How necessary is that step for a polished finished product? Thanks!
Love this!! I am ordering everything today!! Thank you!