Christmas Picture Frame

Xmas redone

Today, I am sharing with you how I made a Christmas picture frame. I made it last year for our Christmas pictures. We needed something that indicated what year it was so that when I put it in the ornament, we knew! And I was probably bored which always leads to crafting with glitter…

joshy

Materials: 

  • Picture Frame
  • Paint
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Mod Podge (Only needed if you are going to use glitter.)
  • Round Sponges (Only needed if you are going to use glitter.)
  • Silver or Gold Sharpie
  • Gel Pens
  • Black Card Stock

I already had a wooden picture frame that I had bought from Goodwill lying around, glitter, the paper, and the pens. So all I really had to buy was the red paint which I bought at Walmart for 97 cents. Appropriately enough, it is named Holly Jolly.

Step 1: I started by removing the glass and sanding my frame and painting it with three coats of the Holly Jolly red paint. I probably could have gotten away with two, but I wanted to make sure it was completely covered.

Step 2: Once it was completely dry, I use my Martha Stewart “foam pouncers” (Which can be bought at Micheal’s.) to make different sized circles around the frame with Mod Podge. If you are not using glitter on your frame, you can omit this step. If you would like to add to your frame, you can use the pouncers to add another color of paint on top of the red!

Step 3: Pour the glitter over the frame. I did this step over scrap paper so that the excess glitter could be put back into the container. Then I shook off the excess and let it dry. If you are not using glitter on your frame, you can omit this step.

Step 4:  This part was the trickiest part. I wrote Merry Christmas about 100 times before I was satisfied with it. I probably could have just printed it out on the computer, but that would have been too easy. Since I was trying to not buy a whole lot for this project, I made my own transfer method. On the back of my paper, I lightly scribbled with a pencil. It doesn’t have to cover everything, just where your words are. I then place it (pencil scribble side down) on top of my black card stock and traced my letters that I had written on the front.

Step 5: Using your metallic Sharpie, go back over your letters that are now lightly traced onto the card stock.

Step 6: This is completely optional, but I felt like my card stock needed something more. I added some little snowflakes using a Stardust shimmer Gelly Roll pen. These can be bought at Micheal’s or Jo Ann’s.

Step 7: Reassemble your frame and you are done!

When I got the frame out this year, I realized that I put 2013 on it… And I really didn’t want to make a card stock picture. Instead, I wrote 2014 on a small piece of cardstock and used painter’s tape to attach it over the 2013. I used painter’s tape so that it could easily be removed and be replaced with 2015 next year!

Enjoy,

Katelyn Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

Snowman Door Decoration – Christmas Extravaganza Palooza Kickoff

The Christmas Extravaganza Palooza is officially starting! I am starting off with something fairly easy and quick. This week was pretty busy school wise, so I need something that wouldn’t take to long to make. I chose the Snowman Door because it is adorable. I also already had a compass that I had to buy for ONE math problem on my homework last week… I needed to get some more use out of it! This only took me about a half hour to make from start to finish.

snowman! 2


MATERIALS:

  • Black and Orange paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Compass or Hole Punches, or Different Sized Lids
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step One: Make several circles on the black paper. I used my handy dandy compass! But you can use different sized lids or hole punches (If you have the big ones) to use as your templates. Then cut them out!

  •  3-4 big ones for the buttons
  •  2 Medium sized ones for the eyes
  • 8-12 small sized ones for the mouth (Just depends on how big you want the mouth to be!)

Step Two: Draw a slanty triangle on the orange paper and cut it out. Of course I glittered it! That shouldn’t have even been a question!

Step Three: Draw a scarf shape onto the wrapping paper and cut it out.

Step Four: Cut out a hat! I have no scientific method for this. I drew a rectangle onto a piece of black paper and then added two smaller rectangles at the bottom on either side. After I cut it out, I cut a strip of wrapping paper to make a ribbon which I taped onto the hat!

Step Five: Using tape, attach the eyes, mouth, nose, buttons, hat, and scarf onto your door. Our door just happens to be white on the inside so it worked out perfectly!

I hope you have lots of fun creating your own snowman door! And I hope you come back to check out the rest of the Christmas Extravaganza Palooza!

Enjoy,

Katelyn

Chirstmas extravaganza palooza

 

Are You Sure You Are Ready For This?

There’s something you should know.

I love Christmas. 

I don’t even try to hide it. I tried talking Josh into putting up our tree last week and he laughed at me. I love it because I love to decorate and bake and whatnot. But I also love Christmas because of what it is really for. Growing up, I loved doing the Nativity story and reading the “Legend of the Candy Cane”. It is still one of my favorite books and I will talk more about it in a later post. It was also the one time of year that I got to see my whole family. We are a pretty big group and when I was little I was always so excited to see everyone and spend a whole day with them. There was also really good food. I still get excited, but I haven’t gotten to go to Phillip’s Family Christmas since I started college. This will be the first time that I get to go in quite a few years! Christmas also gives me a lot of anxiety. Not knowing what’s right in front of me freaks me out. And waiting. I hate waiting. So much so that it makes me super jittery and almost sick to my stomach waiting for Christmas. Which is why my parents started the 12 days of Christmas. But more on that later.

I have a Christmas present for all of you.

Drum roll please!

    Next week will start the Christmas Extravaganza Palooza!!! 

I know it’s early to be starting it, but it’s almost the end of the semester. I have finals starting the week after Thanksgiving. That kinda frightens me, so I want to be on top of my game! I have lots of fun things planned that I can’t wait to share with you. Some will be repeats, some will be newbies. You will just have to wait and find out!

I’m just kidding! Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Door decorations
  • Snowflake Wreath – The very one I got stuck in…
  • Tree skirt
  • Snowflake Ornaments
  • Big Giant Paper Snowflakes
  • Cookies
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Popsicle Snowflakes
  • Picture Frame
  • Glitter Confetti
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

So please join me while I deck our apartment out in glitter and drive Josh nuts with Christmas music!  🙂

Enjoy,

KatelynChirstmas extravaganza palooza