Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Framed Jersey

If you were a 15 year old boy, or perhaps a 15 year old boy and a 16 year old boy who share a room (yep, you've got to imagine being two people at once!... haha) and you wanted your room to look "cool", what would you want?  Some framed jerseys perhaps?  

I've just recently begun working on designing my boyfriend's sons' room and YES, it has been confirmed that framed jerseys are on the list.  Yay! Way to think like a teenage boy!

So we went on a hunt for some frames this weekend and found two of these bad boys on sale for $24 for both.  You best believe we snatched them right up for this DIY framed jersey project.

Because the pictures were originally hung horizontally, we had to remove the hanging hardware with a screw driver. Next I pulled off the tape on the back and...

began removing staples like a boss!

After pulling the mat apart from the print, I used the original print on cardboard to create a form for the jersey. I cut a notch for the neck and also trimmed the top so that the shoulders would be at an angle conforming to the fit of the jerseys.  That's the way uh-huh uh-huh I liiiike it!  ...uh... don't ask.

I used the same piece of cardboard that held the art in as the backing to mount the jersey. To make it look clean and professional, I bought a yard and a half white felt from Joann's for $8.  Since you could kind of see through the felt, I spray painted the cardboard white.  With the cardboard painted, I pinned the felt to it so it was correctly aligned. Then unpinned and lifted one half at a time, sprayed it with adhesive, and smoothed the felt down.

Teen boy wanted the name on the back showing, so I turned the jersey over, laid it on the felted cardboard, and pinned it in place.

Finally, we put it back into the frame, and reinserted the staples.  Ta da!

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