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…
- Picture Frame
- 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!