Cheap silicon moulds – the kind meant for cake decorating – are a great way to make embellishments for all kinds of things and in this easy shabby chic make, I’ll show you how to use them to transform an old picture frame.
What you’ll need:
- A silicon mould – I bought mine from eBay for £3.59 with free P + P (pictured right).
- An old picture frame or a new cheap one – preferably wooden if you want to paint it. The one I’ve used in the vid is about 18 years old from the days of Ikea’s 3-for-a-£1 packs. Ikea still sells cheap frames for 80p each.
- White fimo – I use the soft type (£2.09/56g), but if you only have the regular type, it works okay as long as your mould doesn’t have too much fine detail, and you warm and soften it well in your hands before you start.
- Paint – I used a mix of white and black acrylic (which I didn’t mix very well as you can see in the vid!)
- Glue – I use Matte mod podge but you can just use cheap PVA.
How it’s done:
- Fill the parts of the mould you want to make with fimo. As the pattern is quite detailed, the easiest way is to use little pieces and work the fimo into the mould using a knife or tool. Then push it down plenty with your fingers to make sure it’s really filling out all the details.
- Put the mould in the freezer for 30 mins. This helps harden it up so that the fimo retains a good shape when you remove it.
- Heat the oven to 110 degrees. Carefully prise the fimo scrolls out of the mould and put them on a baking tray. Bake for 30 mins.
- Paint the frame (optional) and leave it to dry.
- Cut four lengths of lace with mitred (diagonal) corners so that they fit together. Apply a thin layer of mod podge or glue to the frame and stick on the lace. If you’re using matte mod podge you can also give the lace an extra protective coat over the top (I don’t recommend this with PVA as it’s shiny!)
- Once the fimo scrolls have baked and cooled, glue them to your frame.
Silicon moulds can be used over and over again – just wash them in warm soapy water after use and keep them in a plastic bag (as they do tend to attract fluff otherwise). Make sure your mould is completely dry before you use it again, as the fimo won’t stick well if it’s damp.
Want to see how it’s done? Here’s a vid to show you!
I hope you enjoy transforming your old picture frames into beautiful shabby chic frames with this easy make!