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Project

Straw Marquetry Picture Frame

Introduction

This is a suggestion for one pattern, but it's easy to experiment with different patterns you create yourself. Straw is relatively inexpensive and easy to cut; if you make a mistake, simply remove that piece and just redo the area.

Resources: Frames are available from Pearl Fine Art Supplies. Straw from France's BDF-Douineau. In the United States, straw is available from the Straw Shop (email thestrawshop@comcast.net) or A Touch of Kansas (email dianne_gardner@yahoo.com).

Materials

  • Straw
  • Craft knife
  • Iron
  • Wood frame
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Cutting mat
  • Bone folder
  • Clean rags

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Slit stalks of straw down the middle using a craft knife or your finger. Flatten the straw strips with a bone folder. Iron each strip of straw on the lowest temperature that allows steam.

  2. Step 2

    Lightly sand the surface of the picture frame.

  3. Step 3

    Using a ruler as a guide, draw a line diagonally across the corner of the frame, with one point of the line at the corner of the frame's opening, creating a triangle whose two sides are equal. Repeat for all corners.

  4. Step 4

    Glue lengths of prepared straw strips onto the face of the frame. Brush glue onto frame first, then lay down straw strips one by one, working from the center outward. Trim strips along the corner lines with a craft knife. As you work, press out air bubbles with a bone folder and wipe off the excess glue with a damp rag.

  5. Step 5

    Repeat technique for the corners, working from the inside outward. Trim straw along edges.

  6. Step 6

    Cover sides of frame with strips of straw as you did for the front.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2009

Reviews (6)

  • britness 7 Mar, 2009

    I build Dollhouses and i have lots of same type of material left over. (its strips of wood for making hardwood floors) This would be perfect for it. What a great gift idea. you can also get the miniature wood strip in dollhouse isle . easier to use

  • craftdeeme 27 Feb, 2009

    i also found the straw shop to be very helpful. the other email address that Martha gave on this site only has wheat straw. I can't wait until my rye straw gets here. One more thing I looked on the site Martha gave us for the frames and I can't find them... Do you know a good place to get frames for this project?

  • Madplaiter 26 Feb, 2009

    Rye straw is available by e-mailing
    thestrawshop@comcast.net
    as mentioned in the Resources section of the project ! I have and they are really nice and helpful.
    I know what my Christmas gifts are going to be this year!

  • Madplaiter 26 Feb, 2009

    Rye straw is available by e-mailing
    thestrawshop@comcast.net
    as mentioned in the Resources section of the project ! I have and they are really nice and helpful.
    I know what my Christmas gifts are going to be this year!

  • craftdeeme 24 Feb, 2009

    I would love to make this but where can I find rye straw? Is it something I have to order or can I find it where I live? I work at a summer camp and I would love to teach this to the camp we have for familes. I think they would love it. Please let me know if you have found any, Debbie

  • craftdeeme 24 Feb, 2009

    I would love to make this but where can I find rye straw? Is it something I have to order or can I find it where I live? I work at a summer camp and I would love to teach this to the camp we have for familes. I think they would love it. Please let me know if you have found any, Debbie