Sunday, October 16, 2011

Framed Inspiration- DIY "Distressed" Wood Frame

I have the most wonderful sister-in-law. We have the best time together and she is always there for me! So when she asked me to re-create a frame she wanted, I jumped at the chance! Lucky for me it was a pretty easy task. It turned out beautifully and would make a great holiday gift for someone special in your life too.
Matte Modge Podge
Foam Brush
Ribbon of your choosing (wired for best results)
2 pieces of Scrapbook Paper (one for base and one for mating)
Black Photo Corners
Old costume jewelry or "specialty findings" (found in the craft store jewelry isle)
1 sheet Transparency paper (optional)
1 piece of craft wood (desired size: approx. 5x7" for a 4x6" photo, or 8x10" for a 5x7" photo)
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

1. Cut the paper to fit the wood piece. Coat the back of the paper and the top of the wood with Modge Podge. Place paper on the wood and fold into creases along the edge. (If you have overhang glue it to the back and cover the seam with ribbon.) If you want to protect the paper or create a hard surface, cover the top of the scrapbook paper with Modge Podge as well. Make sure glue is totally dry before adding the other elements of the frame.

This frame was covered with Modge Podge to protect the paper surface.

2. Measure and cut the ribbon to fit the frame. Cut a second piece of  ribbon for the bow. Secure ribbon to the frame with a dab of hot glue on the back.                          
3.Cut the complementary piece of scrapbook paper to fit the picture with a 1/2" to 1" outline. Modge Podge the second piece of paper in the center of the frame, on top of the ribbon. 

4. Form bow and hot glue to the top of the frame. Then use hot glue to secure the jewelry piece in the center of the bow. *I did not use wired ribbon because I bought the wrong style ribbon. However, I would recommend it because it holds its shape better than regular ribbon.

5. Use self-adhesive black photo corners to secure photo to the center of the frame. *Tip* Put the corners on the photo first then place it on the frame. This will make it easier to get the corners in exactly the right spot without measuring. If using transparency paper  to protect the picture, cut to size and gently slide into photo corners over the picture.

To give you a better idea of what this should look like, I have some inspiration photos and my final product. I hope she loves them!
Inspiration 1
My final Product 1

Inspiration 2

My final Product 2

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Easy and Beautiful Fall Wreath

You might have noticed that I have been a little obsessed with wreaths lately. The only problem is that we don't have a lot of storage in our little apartment. So, when I was designing a fall wreath for our front door,  I knew that I needed something versatile enough to last through the Christmas season too. After much deliberation,  I decided on a simple, classic moss wreath with a big and beautiful bow. The trick is in the bow! I made the bow easily removable so that it can be removed and replaced with a Christmas bow in a couple of months. Here is how it all went down...

Hot glue gun, bag of glue sticks
Reindeer Moss (approximately 4 bags)
18" Straw wreath
1 roll Wired Ribbon of your choosing for the bow
Ribbon Wire
Flexible hold hairspray (strong but not extra firm because that will change the look of the moss)

-Remove plastic wrap from straw wreath. (This can be a little messy because the straw goes everywhere. I would suggest putting down some a cloth or newspaper to catch all of the falling straw.)

-Working slowly and in small sections, begin to glue the reindeer moss to the wreath form. Work all the way around the entire wreath (front and back). Every part of the wreath form should be covered. Then I sprayed the entire wreath with a light coat of hairspray to hold the moss in place.

-Now it is time to make the bows! If you didn't see my last post, here is a great Bow Tying Tutorial . I purchased two beautiful rolls of wired ribbon, one in fall colors and one in Christmas colors. I created my bow using the above tutorial.

**To secure the bow to the wreath I used ribbon wire instead of glue. This way I can easily change it when Christmas rolls around. There you go, a classic wreath that can take you from fall to Christmas with just a simple change!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Christmas in September, why not? A beautiful Pearl Wreath!

The other day I was in Michael's looking for reindeer moss to make a fall wreath. They were out of the reindeer  moss. However, in wonderful strike of luck, I wandered by a tub of pearls that just called out to me! "What can I do with a tub of pearls," I wondered. So I carried the pearls around looking in every nook and cranny for the perfect project. Soon I stumbled upon the wreath making section of the store and there it was...the perfect idea. A pearl studded Christmas Wreath! So I gathered all the supplies and headed home.
The supplies I gathered were:
1- white Styrofoam wreath
1- tub of pearls ($6.99 -40% = $4.20!)
2- strands of large pearls (from the jewelry section)
1- Christmas floral pick of white/silver/clear bulbs
2- rolls of white satin ribbon
1- roll silver ribbon (optional for hanging)
Hot glue gun and glue

Here's how I did it:
1. Using hot glue, wrap white satin ribbon around the Styrofoam wreath. This will give a finished look to the sides and back of the wreath.

                                                        *Work in small sections, limiting hot        
                                                     glue usage to back of wreath if possible.

2. Separate the balls from the floral pick. Cut off the thin wire attached, leaving the base intact. Place the balls in sporadic areas around the wreath. When you get them where you want them push them into the Styrofoam.

3. Working in small sections, begin hot gluing the pearls to the top layer of the wreath.

4. When the pearls are all glued down and the wreath is complete, it is time to tie the bow for hanging. I used silver ribbon for this part of the project. If you are not confident in your bow tying capabilities this is a great tutorial: Ribbon Tying Tutorial .
So with no further adieu...
My Pearl Studded Christmas Wreath!!!!! (I actually plan to hang it in the dining room when I hang it for the holidays so that it will stick out more.)