Earlier this year, Alberto and I found an old wreath at the local Goodwill. It had a wooden Lobster on it… We gave the old wreath a makeover (see it here!), but also we kept the lobster. It was just too funny to throw away!
Fast-forward to last month..while we were in Maine surrounded by lobster shacks, Alberto had the idea of using the old lobster to create a souvenir photo frame for our Maine pictures. What a great idea! And it was easy. Now we have a great way to always remember our trip!
Here’s what we used to make the frame:
- A decorative wooden lobster (I guess you can make it out of anything, really…be creative!)
- 2 feet of 3/8-inch dowel
- 2 spray paint cans — red (gloss) and black (satin)
- 16-inches of 1×6 for the base
- 1 1×2 (You really only need about 3-inches, so if you have any scrap, use it!)
This is what we needed to put it together:
- Cordless drill/screwdriver
- Staple gun
- Wood glue
Let’s Make a Rockin’ Lobster Frame!
- Take apart the lobster and clean it using a damp rag. (It sat in our basement for at least 6 months).
- Decide where you want the pictures to be. We decided to have two pictures in each claw and one in the body.
- Using a 2 1/2-inch bit, drill five circles where you’ve decided to put the pictures, and set aside the lobster.
- Cut the dowel into two equal pieces 9-inches long.
- Using a 3/8-inch drill bit, drill two holes in the 1×2 about 1 1/2-inches apart and about 3/4-inch from one end. It’s easier to drill the holes with a larger piece of 1×2, and then cut it down to size.
- Cut the 1×2 into two 1 1/2-inch pieces with the hole in the middle of each piece. Set aside for later.
- Drill two holes 1/2-inch deep into the 1×6. The holes should be in the center of the 1×6 about 5 1/2-inches from either end.
- Take the wood glue, and pour some glue into each of the holes in the base.
- Next, put a dowel into each of the holes and let dry.
- Now, place the lobster pieces in a well ventilated area, and spray paint the lobster red and the base black.
- Apply several coats.
Well, it’s mid-project, so it’s time for a Midsummer cocktail. Our friends at Kanon Vodka told us about this recipe…it may not be Midsummer anymore, but we think it’s great anytime!
It’s been Framed!
- Place a picture over one of the holes in the lobster and tape it into place. Be sure to look at it from the front to ensure that it’s centered.
- Place a piece of cardboard over the picture and staple into place.
- Repeat for all of the other pictures.
- Screw the claws onto the base.
- Place the 1×2’s on either side of the center picture and nail into place. Make sure that they’re 5-inches apart.
- Place wood glue into the holes in the 1×2, and place the lobster on the dowels.
That’s it! Now we have a lobster frame to commemorate our trip to Maine, and it was cheap and easy! I think I’ll pretend we’re at mid-project and have another Midsummer Cocktail . . .