1.03.2011

One Frame For Every Season


I'm so excited to share with you my latest dollar store craft!  It's easy and inexpensive to make and can be displayed year round--simply change the ornaments for each season/holiday. 


Adapt it to fit your own style and decor, by choosing your favorite color, fabric, and ornaments.



Want to make one?  Here's what you'll need:

 Frame
 I bought the frame unfinished from the dollar store, spray painted it black, and then sanded it some to distress it.  You don't need glass in the frame so check your storage boxes and thrift stores for frames without glass for an even cheaper option.

Ornaments/Seasonal Shapes
It's a great time now to shop clearance for ornaments or you can display ornaments or other items that you already have.  The barn star and very cute snowman ornaments cost only $1 each from the dollar store.

Burlap or Other Fabric
 You'll need a piece of burlap/fabric large enough to fit over the backing of the frame with extra to wrap to the back.

Piece of Ribbon
Must be long enough to fit the length of the frame with enough extra to wrap it around the frame to the back.

 Sheetrock Nails, Small Dowels, or Hooks
I chose to use nails because they are cheap and I like the look of the metal with the black frame and burlap.  Some stores sell nails individually if you need to buy them.  

Hot Glue Gun

Drill
Use a drill bit as close to the nail size as possible.  It's important to drill a pilot hole first or the nail may crack the wood when you hammer it in.  Trust me, you don't want to learn this the hard way. :)

Easel (Optional)
This is another item from the dollar store.  I always keep an eye out for small black metal easels at the dollar stores and stock up on them when I find them.  They can display a lot of things and are nice to have on hand.


Directions:
  
1.  Remove the glass, mat, and the back from the frame.  You won't need the glass or the mat (save them for other projects). 

2.  Cut a piece of burlap, or any fabric, large enough to cover the cardboard backing of the frame, wrap it around to the back and hot glue in place.  Trim the fabric in the corners.  (If you're frame doesn't have a back with it, use a piece of cardboard.)

3.  Drill 3 evenly spaced holes across the top of the frame large enough for the nails.  Hammer the nails into the holes.  Because my frame was so small, I drilled all of the way through it.   I added some hot glue to the back to cover the sharp points on the nails and to keep them in place.


4.  Place the backing back into the frame.

5.  Wrap the ribbon around the frame and secure it in the back with tape or hot glue. (I chose to tape it so it will be easier to change the ribbon for future holidays.  I used a remnant of ribbon from a Christmas package, that's why it's such a strange length.


6.  If you have it, flip the cardboard (that comes with the frame) with the photos printed on it around and use it as the backing.  If not, cut a piece of poster board to fit.  If you want to display the frame somewhere where the back is visible you could cover the cardboard with burlap/fabric.

7.  Hang the ornaments/objects on the nails and admire your hard work!


My Total Cost:  $4--to buy the ornaments and the frame. I already had the rest of the items that I used.   You should be able to make this for under $8, depending on what items you already have on hand.


One more idea:  Hang ornaments that your kids/grand kids/ have made for you recently or in years past.  Display them with honor (pink yarn and all) and enjoy and remember these sweet gifts.


 


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26 comments:

Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

What a neat idea!!!
Thanks for sharing!!
♥'s
Sherry

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

cute idea good way of showing off your kids artwork.

lynn said...

adorable, janet:)

melismama said...

Janet, you have inspired me...going right now to hunt some stuff up!

Whitney & McKayla said...

SO cute! I wish my dollar store carried ornaments that adorable. I'd stock up.

Carmen said...

Very versatile! Great idea!

Grannys Attic said...

That is just to cute! Love how you can change it out for each season! You have inspired me, this will be a great project for me and my little grandson tomorrow! Thanks and have a blessed day, Vicky

melismama said...

Ok, so I was so inspired by your project, I did one of my own with your idea. I blogged about it this morning and linked back to you! Enjoy.
http://just-starting-out.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-mantel-frame-and-story.html

Kathy said...

i just love this you always have best ideas -
thanks for sharing

L.A.L. said...

You are so creative! I love this idea. I think I have everything in my craft room right now, yay!

Deanna said...

Okay, Okay, I'll admit it. Your awesome ideas have worn me down...I think I like, no love, burlap now. Gotta pick some up. Love the frame for all seasons.

{northern cottage} said...

look at you super cute...love how you can personalize it so well for each day even!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

So cute! Love the ornaments you chose and the burlap is fabulous. Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday. The party will be open until Friday if you have anything you else you want to link up! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

I Play Outside The Box said...

This is just too cute....would make a great project to do with my grandyoungun's! Thanks for always sharing such clever ideas.

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

Super darling, love this idea! LOVE!!! you should come by my blog Next Monday for CraftOManiac Monday and link this to my fun link party. Have a great one. Jen

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Came over from Shabby Chic Cottage. Like the burlap and the fact that it can easily be changed out for the season!

Tina said...

I, too, came over from Shabby Chic Cottage.
I love what you've done with this frame. What a cute idea! I am needing something different to hang some 3 1/2 X 5 and 4 x 6 frames that the stand on the back came off of. I think I'll use your idea and hang my frame instead of ornaments!
Thank you for sharing this idea!!
Can't wait to see what's next!
You have a new follower!!!

Jennifer said...

PERFECT! I have two of these frames sitting in my office, empty! one i painted black and the other is still naked -- so many fun ideas now! thanks! =)

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

MMB Creations said...

This definitely on my to do list. I have sooo many frames. Thank you

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

This is sooo adorable! i love it!

stopping by from thrilling thurs

http://inthehammockvintage.blogspot.com

Sasha said...

Can't believe you made this from the dollar store! Hope you you'll link up to Creation Mondays @ ~The Life of Me~ for a chance to win a free prize!

Laurie said...

Love this idea! I am very into versatile items - to cut down on storage and make the best use of items. So I love this - thanks for sharing some great inspiration!

Kristie said...

Love this !!!! I can't wait to go get supplies to make one for our home :)
Thanks for sharing

Kristie, Your newest follower :)

Brittany said...

Thanks for sharing this idea--- I've collected St. Patty's, Mardi Gras, and Easter ornaments already!

http://sew-inlove.blogspot.com/2011/03/frame-for-all-seasons-update.html

DeDa Studios said...

Thanks for sharing! Really Cute and so easy to change for the seasons!

Amanda said...

Hi janet, I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I created some snowman ornaments inspired by the ones you have in this post! I linked back to you giving you credit and encouraging people to come see your adorable frame! Thanks! Here's the post :) http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/12/corrugated-cardboard-snowman-ornaments.html

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