Monday

Christmas Letters

I'm always looking for a new way to decorate for Christmas. This minimalist graphic project brings a change from the usual green and red that dominates the season. I tried a number of different methods and materials to achieve this look and found that this was the best.

Materials:
9 various sized black frames with glass (Dollar Store)
adhesive backed transparency film for ink jet printers (clear full page labels at Office Depot)

tools:
scissors
glue gun

Remove all of the stuff that comes in the frames like pictures of those perfect actor-type kids and the cheap cardboard. Spray paint the frames black if they aren't already that color. Make each letter in a different font. Print them first on copy paper to make sure they fit the frames, then print on the transparency film. Cut out each letter, peel off the backing and place them on the front of the clean glass. Place the glass in the frame, turn it over and put a dab of hot glue at each corner to hold the glass in place. Let cool.

While these would look great on a mantle, I decided to tuck them into my welsh dresser.

Tips:

These look best pasted onto the front of the glass, While you can mirror the letters and adhere them to the back, the adhesive shows and distracts from the look.
Don't put hot glue on the frame before adding the glass as it oozes out and shows in the corners.

12 comments:

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Very cool! It looks great. I will post a link to your blog on the Dollar Store Crafts facebook page.

Redwife said...

Aren't you the smartest lil' Elf Ü
I'm so loving this idea!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!!
Keep 'em coming!

samsstuff said...

This makes for a cute & unique holiday decoration! Thanks for posting.

Louisiana Momma said...

i love that idea.. you might be able to find some frames even cheaper at second hand stores.. I can get them for a $1 or less at Goodwill.

Gail said...

Not at my Goodwill. I keep reading about all of these great things people pick up for pennies at their Goodwill stores. Mine is so picked over and expensive! Sometimes I find things that cost more than when they were new. I does go for a good cause though so I will continue to patronize.

BTW my Target store gives it's leftovers to GW. Yeah Target!

Kristin said...

What a fun idea!

kermiefrg said...

My local Goodwills have some great finds, but not frames. But Dollar Store is the perfect place to find these. What a great idea! Thanks!

1 Funky Woman said...

Fabulous idea! I have a picture wall and memories spelled out! I should switch it for this! I linked up over at Savy Southern Style hope you can check me out!

New follower!

Megan

nancyogengayouree said...

Great Idea - thanks for sharing!

You can see my frames and let me know what you think

http://nancyogengayouree.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/diy-pottery-barn-inspired-christmas-frames/

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