Yes, we have no bandanas!!

Dear Martha:

I know you haven’t heard from me for awhile.  I am sure you are desolate.

Don’t worry, I still get your magazines, and I still look at each and every page.

And, I dream, and plan, and make lists…

Your July issue has been appropriately thumbed, but I didn’t quite get to your 4th of July cookies, Chicago hot dogs or washing my garbage cans.   All of great interest to me.   I did, however, make note of your bandana section and think you will be very proud of me.

I made the bandana frames.

You see, Kevin, Carson and Luci were here for Camp a few weeks ago, and for Wild West Day we went to an old-timey photographer and had their picture taken.   I never did get around to giving the pictures to them, but am glad that I waited (otherwise known as forgot).

Before I get started, I have just one thing to say….MOD PODGE?

This is the glossy version. There is a matte version as well.

Really?   I had forgotten how much I LOVE Mod Podge (hey, readers, don’t tell Martha that I used it for the Senet sticks…our little secret).   I don’t think I’ve used Mod Podge since I thought I was mod!!! (remember, readers…our little secret).  Groovy.


So many choices of bandanas. I decided to match the colors the kids wore when they were here.

I needed a few more things, and then I was able to start making the frames.

Sweet picture of the kids.

This was my Mom's ruler. She put these little sayings all over the place. I love using this ruler...

First, take the glass and backing off your frame.

Mark the inside corner of the frame.

And then, mark the outside corner.

Draw a line on the inside and the outside. This will define the space.


You will want to add flaps to the top and the bottom. You will need these to wrap around the frame.


Position the template so that the diagonal line lies alongside a natural border. It just looks better.

Did you notice that I added flaps?  A new addition after a couple of failed tries.   Without the flaps, you will find that wrapping the frame will leave some holes.

Line up your fabric before you start.

I lined up the fabric before I began gluing everything.    You can then be sure that you have the patterns exactly they way you want them to appear on the frame.

Lay down the Mod Podge on the longer side of the frame.

Notice that I didn’t put Mod Podge in the corner?  That’s so you can adjust.  This stuff dries pretty quick.  That’s ’cause it’s so Mod…

Lay down your first piece of material and press. (You are gonna LOVE pulling the dried Mod Podge off your fingers. Very satisfying. Very.

Then the other side

Turn your frame over and you will see the extra material. All ready to be wrapped around the edge.

I used a paintbrush to get the Mod Podge on this edge.

All you need to do is fold and press.

I turned it over to the front to show you how nice it looks if you cut the pattern along a guiding line.

Once you have carefully lined up your material on the long edges, you can glue (er..Mod Podge) the ends down.

Now you can put the Mod Podge on the top of the frame.

Remember the little tab I told you to keep on the material? It will come in handy now.

You will fold it over, along the line, and then when you glue it in place, there won't be any raw edges. Clever, eh?

Now, you can glue it in place.

Don't worry about the glue coming through.

You can just wipe it off with a rag, and everything will look just fine.

Wrap all of the material around the back of the frame.

and you are all ready for the glass, picture and backing.

Oh, and Martha….IN TWO DAYS WE HAVE A NEW CAMP GRANDMAMA AND GRAMPY CAMPY!!! (sorry for yelling, but we are just that excited). This is for our 3 and 4 year olds, Sophie and Cooper.    I’ll be sure to check in and let you know how it is going.

That’s all for now, Martha.

Category: Camp, Create, What will we do today?, Wild West Day
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(3) Comments and (3) Replies

  1. Amy | August 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply

    so cool!

  2. http://www.im-stillstanding.com | August 16, 2011 at 11:18 am | Reply

    hi jill,
    i met ya at blogher and thought i’d stop over and check out your site! love this project, i love diy stuff and have a whole room full of it. this is a bookmark project as i also love photo’s/frames! have a great day!
    hugs,
    shelley :)

    • Jill H | August 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Reply

      Oh, thank you for stopping by. I’m still trying to get organized post-Blogher. I’ll stop by in the next day or two. Thanks for coming over to visit!!! Thanks again, Shelley!!!

    • Jill H | August 19, 2011 at 7:56 am | Reply

      Shelley, thanks so much for stopping by. If you make the frame, send the pic, would love to see it. I’ll stop by your site in the next couple of days. We are in the middle of Camp with the the little’uns, so just a tad busy right now 😉

  3. Brooke | September 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm | Reply

    The effort in putting this together must have taken a lot of hard work and it doesn’t go unnoticed and unappredciated. But I am not sure what I am looking at in some of the pictures even with reading the caption with it. it’s so close up that I’m not sure which and what piece I’m looking at.
    Do you have a tutorial recorded for this? please say YES

    • jill | September 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm | Reply

      Brooke, I am so sorry! You are absolutely right. I just went back to that particular blog post and I obviously must have just gotten my macro lens. Yikes. The good news, though, is that I had referenced Martha Stewart’s bandana frame. She, and her staff, have a particularly lovely and clear tutorial. So… head on over….link to marthastewart.com and you will be able to follow along. Of course, she doesn’t have my particularly lovely grandchildren…but I guess there is always some sacrifice.

      In the meantime, thank you for your note. I am going to be sure to be very clear as I move forward! Thanks again and have a great day!!

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