Today I am sharing with you another repurpose of a picture frame that I made into easy wall decor for the holidays.
I started out with this simple plastic frame. It was cheap plastic but I was determined to make it something special – something gift worthy.
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What I Used:
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- A cheap plastic picture frame. Mine had a divider creating the illusion that there were three separate picture frames
- Americana Chalky Type paint in Everlasting
- Decoart Americana Acrylic Paints in red and yellow
- Decoart Dazzeling Metallics in Black Pearl
- PicMonkey to create the graphic
Mini Christmas wreath
The How To:
I started out by painting the front of the plastic frame with two coats of the chalky type paint. As I’ve said many times before I use it as a primer. It covers the black and it is a great way to prepare the slick surface for whatever you are going to add after. In fact I have done the same exact thing for a dresser makeover.
Below you can see the back of it. I was so excited to start I didn’t get a shot of the front. It is cheap black plastic. They seem to show up like weeds in my house.
The next step was to create a warm color. I wanted the look of the frame to be rustic, warm and woodsy. I took red and yellow acrylic paints and mixed them together along with the black metallic paint. This gave me the brown you see below. I brushed on two coats in long brushstrokes. The paint dries really fast so it is not a difficult or time consuming project.
The next step was to create the “JOY” printable. That was easily accomplished in the PicMonkey app. (I have not been compensated by Pic Monkey in any way, I just really like using them.) Just go and pick out the font you like, create your printable and then print it out.
In fact you can download this one that I made. I chose the De Walpergen Pica font for this project. And no the J is not a mistake, it was designed to look that way. Here is a tutorial on how to use the fonts.
Here is where I ran into a problem. You see the frame was longer than the paper size. So what I did was to print out my “Joy” sign twice and then cut it out the way you see below. The first sheet of paper was placed on the bottom and the “O” was exposed. The second sheet of paper was cut in half and the “J” and “Y” were cut large enough so it would fill the whole width of the frame.
I also should mention that the frame came with a divider creating the illusion of three photos. And now you know why I chose the word “JOY”.
The final step was to add a Christmas embellishment over the center and I was done.
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I was going for an understated look, something a bit traditional but we could also easily say it looks like rustic farmhouse depending on the embellishment added.
Can you see that nice sheen on the plastic frame? It doesn’t look plastic anymore. It has texture and depth. And even some imperfections which only add to the charm.
This would actually make a great gift! And in fact that is exactly what I did! It now hangs on the wall of my friend’s house.
You see how easy it can be to create personalized Christmas wall decor with just a little time and very few materials? In this case the addition of the Dazzling Metallics paint made all the difference!
I hope this project inspires you to take a second look at your old abandoned picture frames. This was super easy to update and it is perfect as a Christmas gift.
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