For the last few Christmas’ I have made a really large bow with long tails out of red velvet ribbon to display my Christmas cards from. I don’t have a good picture to share with you. This year I wanted to make something a little different – but just a little.
Here’s another one of those frames, rescued from the clearance isle at Hobby Lobby.
Use sand paper to rough up the surface and get it ready for paint. Because the original is black, I want to lighten it up, so that it will not show through the paper.
I used just regular old white acrylic craft paint. This was only one layer – but I painted two.
I am going to use scrapbook paper to cover the frame. First, you will need something to adhere it. I used gel medium, you could also use modge podge.
Lay the paper over the frame and smooth it out best you can.
Flip the covered frame over onto it’s face and cut the opening out with a xacto knife.
I painted another layer of gel medium over the paper covered frame. Let it dry thoroughly.
I used a coordinating paper for the sides – but you could use the same – or just paint it a solid color.
Paint medium on the sides, lay paper over it, and then add another layer of medium.
Let the paper with medium over it dry completely before you sand it. If you don’t, it will rip the paper and not simply weather or distress it. Once it is dry – use your paper on the edges and opening to distress the edges.
I used a paint pen to paint “Tidings of comfort and joy!” You can add whatever you like…the possibilities are endless.
Measure where you’d like the knobs and use your power drill to make holes.
Now, it only needs a picture and some ribbon.
It’s a little early for Christmas cards, so I fished out some of my cards from years past. I don’t throw away my photograph cards/announcements – I will show you where they end up in just a few minutes!
There are several ways that you can attach the cards to the ribbon. If you want to save your ribbon and use it year after year or use it as a bow on something else – the best option is clothes pins or paper clips.
You could also use a stapler or double sided tape – whichever you like best or have laying around!
And – for those of you that have been sticking around to see where your Christmas cards to me end up…
Don’t get upset if you don’t see your picture there – we have lots more cabinet doors (:
I’d love to see what you come up with!