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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

'Christmas Present' Frame

In case you missed my guest-post at A Little Lovely the other day, here it is! For less than $2.00/apiece you can make a pretty little frame for your friends that still looks like it belongs under the tree even after it's unwrapped!




These are a great gift because they are so easy, fun, and CHEAP! The main ingredients are one unfinished wooden frame from Michael's ($1.00), a scrap of Christmas wrapping paper, a bow, and some craft paint.




And one of my favorite things: MOD PODGE! There's not a thing in the world I haven't thought about Mod Podging. :)




And if you're like me, you already have most of this stuff around the house anyway! First paint the sides of the frame and the inside ledges. Don't worry about making it perfect! The front will all get covered up anyway. I used acrylic paint that's less than a dollar a bottle.




Roughly cut out the shape of the frame from the wrapping paper. You can see here that my cutting job was VERY rough. :) It doesn't matter though because we'll just file the excess away later.




Spread a very thing layer of Mod Podge on the frame and place the wrapping paper on top of it. Smooth away the bubbles and ripples that will apear as best you can. Let it dry for a bit and then take a sanding block (or in my case what was handy was an emory board) and file downward on the edges at a 45-degree angle. The paper will be sluffed right off and you'll have a perfectly-fitting design on your wood.




Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the wrapping paper. Doing it in this order helps lessen the ripples and rumples in the paper. Print out a festive message to put inside the frame,




and hot glue a bow in the corner. That's it! A perfect little frame that looks like it could be a gift under your tree! These would be ideal for your friends to put their yearly family Christmas picture in!



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58 comments:

  1. That's such a cute little frame. What a perfect gift.

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  2. I love this idea! The paper you chose is gorgeous.

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  3. This is gorgeous! I had no idea that was wrapping paper! What a lovely gift!

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  4. Wow, what a great idea! It's adorable! And the possibilities are endless. They would be so cute with any scrapbook paper/bow/flower/jewels for any room/season. LOVE it! Thanks!

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  5. I made one of these as a test the other night after seeing your post. It was so easy! I'm making several for gifts but using scrapbook paper that I already have on hand instead of the wrapping paper so they can use year 'round. Need to find some kind of embellishment for them though.

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  6. I'm going to try this! Thanks for the ideas and inspiration =)

    MeeDun
    http://heelsheartsandhighkicks.blogspot.com/

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  7. I'm going to try and make these as favors for a couples Christmas shower that I'm having! great idea & tutorial!

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  8. I LOVE this project, I'm going to do it for a Craft Exchange I'm doing. Thanks for the really awesome project.

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  9. Such a cute idea, my mom bought these frames a while ago and has made some cute frames out of them. I think this will be GREAT for my Visiting teachers! And for the Girls I visit! Thx.. I love the Paper too. Now I need to find some great paper!
    My family blog is private. So if you want an invite, I need your email address. :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. I love this idea! I'm definitely doing multiples of these for gifts this year. I've included this link on my blog for my friends to see, also. I can hardly wait to get started! Thanks for this wonderful project! Merry Christmas!

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  11. This is so, so cute!! Thanks for the awesome idea! :)

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  12. thanks for this tute...I cannot wait to find beautiful gift wrap to make these. I have 12 girls at work that I buy for every year. This will be an inexpensive but impressive gift.
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    Julie

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  13. love this! Would work for any occasion too, I bet you can use scrapbook paper too?

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  14. How simple and yet how elegant! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This is absolutely wonderful and amazing. I love how easy it is and I didn't know that about sanding or filing off the excess. I love the paper you chose. What a fun project.

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  16. Don't you love doing these frames!!! funny....I have some made with Christmas paper and bows to post about too!! LOVE yours too!!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!!

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  17. Beautiful! I've actually been experimenting with almost the same project do with a local moms group that I'm a part of. I hadn't thought to make the frames "Christamsy" and use the wrapping paper like you did. So fun!

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  18. this is just lovely! great tip with the emery board, I'll have to try that out :)

    ~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  19. You can definitely use scrapbook paper too! It rumples less which is nice, but is also thicker so it's a little harder to file off. Both papers work great though!!

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  20. Wow! I love this! Can I make one for myself and not give it away? I never would have thought at first glance that it was wrapping paper. I thought you had done that cool glitter design yourself.

    I love the way the frame is embellished but still looks clean. Thanks for the excuse to buy more wrapping paper!

    ~Nat

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  21. How clever! Looks GREAT and so easy! Thanks for sharing Jessica:)

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  22. This is really beautiful !!
    I've altered some frames too here
    http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2010/11/homespun-chic-framed-frames.html

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  23. So pretty! Love the wrapping paper you used. Do you remember where you bought it? I'm kind of addicted to wrapping paper!

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  24. I bought the wrapping paper at Target a couple weeks ago for $5. So pretty, right? :)

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  25. I love this! So cool! Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  26. This is, without a doubt, the cutest thing!

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  27. Just found you on lambaround and love your neat frame idea. I want to be more crafty but always feel like things will be too hard. Have also never learned how to modge podge. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  28. This is so beautiful! You always have such fun ideas here :)

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  29. Very cute idea, love it for the neighbors!

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  30. Wow! You really transformed this!
    Wonderful job, I love it, very pretty!
    Leticia

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  31. Love the idea of using wrapping paper instead of scrapbook paper! Very cost effective! Would you mind if I featured this project/your blog on my blog? I know my readers would love this as well!

    http://framefanatic.blogspot.com

    P.S. I'm your newest follower! :0)

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  32. You are more than welcome to feature my frame! Thanks for doing so!! :)

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  33. Love this idea and I have a few of these frames that I wasn't happy with in their first incarnation! Thanks for sharing such a great idea! It's going on my list of projects to do this year.

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  34. This is absolutely adorable! I was actually going to make something like this for my own house this year with a photo of me & my husband from Christmas last year. I only decorate in black & silver for Christmas so I thought it would be cute if I used the wrapping paper I use for a frame. yay!!

    Link up with Giggles, Glitz & Glam!
    http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2010/11/glam-party-2.html

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  35. That is awesome! I would love for you to come link up at our Strut Your Stuff Party!

    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

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  36. Such a good idea! Never thought about using a nail file to get an exact edge...save a lot of tracing and cutting (:

    Michele
    http://www.thehomesteadingapartment.blogspot.com

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  37. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

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  38. I love this! I've covered many a frame but the idea to use wrapping paper and a bow to make a present frame is both clever and fun! I featured your project in tomorrow's A Crafty Soiree:)

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  39. This project turned out great! It's a great craft item with flair.
    Ana
    www.mysymphonyoflife.com
    www.audiosmaximus.com
    www.taraprod.com

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  40. Ca Ute! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  41. Totally forgot to tell you, but I featured this on my blog. Check it out here: http://framefanatic.blogspot.com/2010/11/frame-friday-christmas-present-frame-by.html

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  42. This turned out lovely! I love that wrapping paper. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

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  43. I love this! I attempted to tackle this project...here is my version:

    http://blondemomentsintheburbs.blogspot.com/2010/11/diy-frame-project.html

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  44. I was at Target on black friday looking for wrapping paper for this project bc I loved it SO much and I bought some awesome paper I came back to look at the tutorial again and I bought the EXACT same paper (I thought it was similar but never would have guessed I'd pick up the same one). I hope mine comes out as good as yours!

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  45. I love this! I am having a hard time lately with the mod podge wrinkling my paper real bad. I am afraid to try it on wrapping paper! I am using a real thin layer...any suggestions?

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  46. I absolutely Love this and will make some of these for sure.

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  47. Hi Robin! I've found the best way to minimize wrinkling (I don't think it can be eliminated) is to spread the thinnest layer ever of glue on the bottom, then put the paper on top (smoothing and squishing bubbles as you go- a brayer is good for this) and then wait until it's almost dry to apply the top layer (also very thin). I find the more glue, the more wrinkling! Cardstock doesn't wrinkle at all (neither does photo paper) but these tips are good for the thinner stuff. Hope this helps! Also know that mine had wrinkles too but no one minded! :)

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  48. Wow! I realize that I finally found your blog well after Christmas, but I love this idea and I'm thinking of a Valentine's version!

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  49. WOW thats SOOO cute! I like the nail file adaption! http://www.itsacowgirlthing.blogspot.com/

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  50. Just came across your post (a year later!) and I absolutely love this idea. The emory board trick is super smart - I always wondered how one could cut the paper perfectly to match whatever they were Mod Podging it to. Also good to see that you can use wrapping paper, since I was thinking of doing a similar project but to make Christmas coasters.

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  51. super cute and super cheap! love it

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  52. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/christmas-present-frame/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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