Fun quick and easy craft projects make my heart go pitter-patter. I’m constantly tasking myself with much bigger projects, like painting furniture. Being able to accomplish a project in just a few hours is a nice change to the norm. And the best news of all: I finally hung that second picture ledge just so I could display my new frame.
I happened to be on Facebook one day, and I came across this cute definition of Mom on Joy of Mom’s Facebook page.
It was too cute to pass up. I printed it out, ripping around the edge of the print, for effect. Yes, I left the Joy of Mom icon on it, not even bothering to cover it up. It’s a good reminder of where I found this print. And that there’s joy in motherhood, even when we are feeling a bit frazzled.
Anyway, I had these frames from Walmart. We bought them several years ago, and reluctantly kept them around. They still had plastic on them when I pulled them out! (One was broken and met a different fate.) They are the cheap glass certificate frames, in a barely-there black frame. It was pretty plain. And sad, crying out “please decorate me and give me new life!” How could I not?
I thought “I’m going to slap some paint on you, and decorate your edge up a bit.”
I chose a gray acrylic and did a couple of coats over the glass. I think it looks so much better than leaving it as it was.
While it dried, I was left to brainstorm ideas on how I would decorate the rest of the frame.
Washi tape was out of the question, because it wouldn’t be seen if you looked at it head on. And…well, I’m particular and I wanted to be able to admire the pretty washi tape from any angle.
Instead, I had these pom-poms from (you guessed it) the Dollar Tree. I fired up my glue gun and attached the pom-poms, one at a time. I literally zipped through this part.
I stood back to admire it. It was 110% better already.
Now for the paper layout. I went with what I had on hand. I have been wanting to use these pretty printed papers.
|(Oh I do love pretty papers!)|
I thought that keeping them centered and upright was boring. I rotated one square, then took my brush and Mod Podge, and applied it directly to the paper. I let it dry just a bit before laying the paper down onto the painted glass. That’s the best way I know how to avoid bubbling up and wrinkling. It cannot be too wet.
I did the same with the other papers, placing them at angles.
Even more proud was I, when I sent the final pic off to my best friend. She thought the same thing I did: this frame idea was totally outside of my decorating comfort zone.
It’s loud, compared to what you see around my house, but that’s okay! This frame has a new home atop that picture ledge in the hallway, to be admired by all. Also as a reminder that I am really Super Woman hiding under the facade of yoga pants, t-shirt, and messy hair.
What do you think of the new life I gave to this frame?
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