Monday, September 28, 2009

Inexpensive frames

I love the inexpensive wooden frames you can get at the craft store. I have many of them decorated in many ways...modge podged with paper or fabric and of course, painted. I recently gave 3 of mine a makeover. They were painted black and I wanted something brighter so I spray painted them apple green right over the top of the black.

Then I took them outside and gave them a sanding with my handy-dandy mouse sander. I love this thing!

I just kept sanding until I was happy with the amount of black showing through the green.

After sanding, I gave them a spray of sealer- acrylic matte finish.

And here they are with their photos back in them. Look at those cute kids!!

Here is another one painted black and sanded around the edges, with some cute Halloween ribbon simply tied around it. We did some of these for a recent Enrichment activity for my church.
These frames would also make really great Christmas gifts. Paint it to match the decor of the recipient, then frame a beloved picture, a stitchery (my friend Sandy did one of each of her kids) an initial, or some cute scrapbook paper, etc. An inexpensive and easy gift.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Baby Gift

For baby gifts, I like to give something useful and something fun...usually something homemade if I can. I have a good friend that just had a baby, her 4th girl. I wanted to make her something cute and girly. I was inspired by a sign I saw at Hobby Lobby.

Here is what I came up with:

I took the back off, took the glass out and spray painted a narrow frame (4x8 inches I think). While that was drying I printed "Heaven" in pink on my computer. Then I laid the glass on top it to figure out where I wanted the other words. Using 2 different fonts of rub ons, I put "Thank" and "for little girls" directly onto the outside of the glass. Using E6000, a super sturdy awesome glue, I then glued buttons onto the top. When the frame was dry, I tied a few ribbons onto it, and put everything back together. A fun gift that I hope my friend enjoys!!