Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables

 

Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!

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Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable

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Click here or the images below to download these free printables.

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Count Down to Candy

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Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags

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Recycle your tin cans to decorate.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

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Burlap Pumpkin Placemats

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Frosted Pumpkin Cake

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We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

DIY Personalized Headboard

One of the things that I had told my seven year old I would do this summer was redecorate the guest room so that she could have her own room. The girls have shared a room for a few years and Ella has been asking for quite some time if she could have her own room. I gave in.

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I think I’ve mentioned a few times how much Ella loves fashion. She actually has a really good eye. She spent weeks on Pinterest looking for ideas and colors. Yes, she’s seven. We had thought of a few ideas. At first my sister (this one) was going to make a fabric headboard. But, because Ella had her opinions on what style of bedspread she wanted, I finally decided to create a plain white headboard so she could pick out her bedspread. It was so simple to make and I think it turned out really cute!

DIY Headboard:

I bought 7 pieces of wood at Lowes. The width is 7 inches and because she has a full bed I cut them to be 53.5 inches long. If you don’t have a saw then Lowe’s or Home Depot will cut your wood for you.

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After they were cut, I sanded the edges down so that they were smooth. Then I stained them with some dark stain that I had on hand. It’s up to you whether or not you want to stain them. After I painted them white I sanded them again to give it a weathered or distressed look. The stain helped it to show up darker than the actual wood that I bought. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it does look good.

I have to apologize I did not take pictures of me actually putting up the headboard. I was in sort of a hurry that day and actually forgot! But, it was very simple. First, find where the studs are in the wall. Starting at the bottom, put your board on the wall and measure where you are going to screw it into the wall. I made small dots on the board and screwed it in with 8 x 2 flat head Phillips wood screws. Once the first board was in it was easy to just measure where the other screws went on the following boards.

Then we decided to personalize it with her name. I basically used the exact same steps as I when I made these faux mini pallet signs. The only difference was that I had to cut each individual letter out one at a time because I only have a small Cricut. I also used contact paper instead of vinyl. It’s sort of hard to see the white on white, but it’s there. 

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Once you line up the name and are happy with how it is centered then paint away! 

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Then comes the fun part. Peel off the contact paper and lightly sand over the name again to make it look a bit weathered like the boards.

*Those two purples are really the same color. I took the pictures at different times during the day. Funny how a little less light changes things

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I also forgot to take a picture of the old guest room. I remembered right before I started painting and had removed everything out of the room and off the walls. For all of my family members that are wondering where they are going to sleep when they come visit, don’t worry. We made it very clear that if we let Ella have the guest room, she had to give it up to ‘guests’ and go sleep with her sister while they are here.

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I also spray painted her old lamp with a purple color that matched her bedding. Luckily I had that perfect color on hand. She also needed a side table, so I bought a cheap one ($12) at Walmart, but it was black, so I painted it white. We also thought it was cool that her Bible totally matched her bedding. Ha!

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It is such a cozy room and Ella LOVES it. We have a few more things we’d like to do, like hang pictures and possibly make a fabric banner she liked from Pinterest. But, for now she is happy. And so am I.

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~Jenny

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DIY Bird feeders

The kids had so much fun making these cute DIY bird feeders.

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I had pinned this idea from Mom Endeavors awhile back. I LOVED her idea and thought they turned out so cute. But, instead of using paint cans like she did, we used tin cans I had saved from soup, canned fruit etc.
We used both small and large cans. 

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We spray painted three of the cans.

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And used acrylic paint with a paint brush on one of them.

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Once they dried we wanted to add some more color to them. Turns out we were having fun with polka dots and ended up putting them on all four cans!

We bought one long skinny dowel and cut it in smaller pieces. Then we attached it with hot glue for the birds to sit on. We attached some ribbon and added some birdseed to the can. Now we are waiting for our little birds to come. My four year old kept going out and checking to see if they had eaten the seed yet!

My ten year old made this one all by herself. Isn’t it cute?

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My grandparents are in an assisted living home and they have birds right outside of their window. So, we made one of these feeders to give to them. I think they will love it!

In the meantime, we will be looking for birds to come to our feeder. Once they do I will make sure to take some pictures and add them to this post!

~Jenny

Flower Pot Card Holder

A good friend of mine had surgery last week. She loves flowers, so I bought her a flower pot. I planned to drop it off on her porch, but I wanted to add a card and was hoping it could be ‘attached’ somehow.

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I decided to use one of the printables that I created here. I tried to think of what could hold my card. I walked into my craft room (or as my husband would say-‘his office’…mmmhhhmmm…) and the clothespins were just calling my name.

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You could just use a clothespin to attach a card, but because I can’t leave ‘well enough’ alone, I decided to spruce it up a bit. If you have everything on hand, it really only take about two minutes. I painted one swipe of paint on the clothespin and while still wet added some glitter and let dry! 

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Isn’t it cute and simple? These would make great gifts for teacher’s too!

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I love it!

~Jenny

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Diy Wood sign & Friends that keep you smiling

Do you have a Cricut or a Silhouette? Or possibly a friend that does? Well, if you do, then I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own wood sign with whatever saying you want. But, first I have to share something that will make you smile.

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My friend Andrea painted her guest room the perfect gray color. I’m still waiting to find out what the actual color is and here is why.

I tried to text her one day to find out the color. But, because I have her number in my phone as ‘Andy & Andrea’ I always get she and her husband Andy mixed up. Andy is like my little brother. I’ve known him since I was ten. He’s the younger brother of my best friend Amy. He’s the sort of person that can make you laugh and he doesn’t even realize how funny he is. I’m going to share the text back and forth when I was trying to find out this color. I can’t believe it’s still on my phone, but I’m so glad it is.

Actual Text:

Jenny: Hi…when you get a chance could you tell me the color of that gray paint in your guest room?

Andy: Ahh…gray? (I know you are already smiling)

Jenny: Seriously? Is this Andy? What brand of paint and it can’t just be gray. ;)

Andy: Oh yeah, I’ll look. Just a sec.

       (Ten minutes later)

Andy: Ok, it is satin…(and now you are laughing)

Jenny: Uh…that is the type of paint…not the color..it’s ok…I can figure it out or ask Andrea later…:)

Andy: Sorry. Not great with paint…

Don’t you love it? You have to give him credit for trying! Thanks Andy!

Ok, back to the sign.

First Step. Find a piece of wood you’d like to use.

Next, cut out your saying on a Cricut or Silhouette to fit your wood. When I am painting I don’t like to waste my vinyl, so I have always used contact paper. One roll goes along way! 

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I wanted the words in this sign to be two different colors. Iplaced the words on the wood where I wanted them. Then I drew a pencil mark where I wanted to paint each color. Like this below.

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The next step is to place your text onto the wood sign.

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This next step is optional. Depending on the color of paint you are using you may not need to do this. But, because I used gray paint on the top and bottom section and the middle was white, I didn’t want to see a contrast when I painted the yellow over all of it. Does that make sense? So, to avoid this, I painted white over the gray while the letters were still on.

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Next, paint the whole sign yellow.

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I don’t have a picture of the last step, but once your paint is dry then you can peel off your text (contact paper) and your cute sign will be revealed!

I like to sand down my signs to make them look a bit more unique.

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Hopefully I will be able to figure out that perfect paint color. I wonder what would happen if I just asked for ‘satin gray’ at the paint store? I may just do that and make someone else’s day. Thanks for keeping us smiling Andy!

~Jenny

More Pallet Sign ideas

I wanted to share a couple more pallet signs I’ve created.

Click here to see how easy it is to make these cute signs. 

I created these first two for Mother’s Day.

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I made the sign below for my daughter’s school. This year their librarian started a garden that will help provide fresh food for those in need. The whole school will eventually be a part of taking care of this garden.

I think it turned out cute! It’s a bit bigger than the signs I’ve made in the past (24×18 inches) but I really like it with the points on it to give it a ‘fence’ look. This would be simple to make following these same instructions, just don’t cut off the tips!

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Jess and I have been busy this month!

But, as always we have lots of things to share, so stayed tuned!

~Jenny

A Simple Gift Idea {Painted Mason Jars & Fabric Flower Tutorials Plus Free printable cards}

Uh…was the title long enough for you?

Normally I wouldn’t do two tutorials in one post, but because Teacher Appreciation is next week and Mother’s Day is the week after that, I wanted to share a simple gift idea that I think either one would love. Plus, I’m going to bet you will end up making some for yourself as well.

Mason Jar Flowers

Painted Mason Jar & Bottle Tutorial

I realize there are a lot of blogs that have posted about how to paint glass jars, but because I think I finally found my favorite ‘mixture’ I thought I’d share it with you.

What you will need:

- Clean Jar (Mason or other clear jar: spaghetti sauce jars, soda bottles etc.) (Always save your clear jars and bottles. You just never know when you might want to break one out and make a craft with them.)

- Gloss-Lustre Mod Podge

- Paint Brush

- Food Coloring

- Water

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Mix together:

1 tsp. of Mod Podge

3-4 drops of food coloring (or more if you want it darker)

1.5 tsp. of water

This is where you can have fun and experiment with colors. If you want the aqua/turquoise look, try two drops of blue and 1 drop of green.  One ‘mixture’ can actually be used on four to six jars depending on the size.

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Next, paint the glue mixture onto your jar. It will look something like this below. Don’t worry…it won’t stay like that. I took this picture when there were still some bubbles on it. I tried to paint most of the bubbles off so that it was smooth. Also, I made these jars (the blue ones) a little lighter than I have in the past, so your ‘paint’ may look different than mine.

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Let It Dry:

Either let it dry on it’s own upside down over night, or (here’s the cool part) put it on a plate upside down place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. You will see your results almost immediately.

I didn’t take any pictures of just the jars because it was late at night and I got straight to work on embellishing them, sorry.  

I love the purple one. It goes perfectly with the tulips my hubby and daughter ‘surprise’ planted me years ago. Tulips always remind me of my friend Kristen who was one of my bridesmaids. She’s always loved them. And I love how little things like tulips bring back memories of friends.

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Ok, so once you have painted your jars set them aside. If you’d like to add some fabric flowers to them then keep reading. If you’d just like to add a card, then scroll to the bottom to download and print.


Fabric Flower Tutorial

(No Sewing = equals = A Good Thing)

I’m going to show you how to make fabric flowers that can be used on a variety of things. I realize there are lots of fabric flower tutorials out there as well, but these are very simple to make, yet look so elegant.

Fabric Flower Tutorial

What you will need:

Silky synthetic fabric (chiffon, taffeta etc.)

A tea light candle or a lighter.

Glue Gun

Card stock (for circle templates)

Scissors

Felt circles

Embellishments: tulle, pearls, feathers, beads, buttons,

Optional for hair: headbands, clips, bobby pins

 

How To Make Your Flower:

1. First cut out a template of 5 to 7 circles on card stock paper. I like my smallest circle to be 1 inch. Then I make each additional circle a 1/2 inch bigger than the next. (ex. 1in., 1.5in., 2in., 2.5in. etc…)

2. Depending on how big you want your flower use your template to trace and cut out your circles. If you use a dark marker, make sure you cut inside your marker line so that it doesn’t show on the fabric. I usually make dots around the circle just to give me a visual of where to cut. When you cut out your circles don’t worry about them being perfect. I also like to cut the same size circle two or even three times especially when I am doing smaller flowers. Since your circles are not perfect they will just add to the layering effect.

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3. Next, take each fabric circle and put it close enough to the flame so that it starts to curl slightly. Turn your circle around until all edges are curled to your liking. I suggest that you do a couple of practice ones first. Also, for safety, it’s best to do it over the kitchen sink with the water running.

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Are you wondering how I held the flower, lighter & took the picture?   Yah, that’s not me. That’s my ‘hand model’ and friend Andrea. Thanks Girlfriend!

4. Once you have curled your edges they should look something like this. I ‘barely’ curled the edges for these flowers.

5. Next, start with the smallest circle and put a dot of hot glue onto the bottom/middle of it. Then layer it inside the next biggest circle. Now take those two circles and add another dot of glue and layer it into the next circle. Continue until they are all glued together.

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If you want to add tulle in the middle of a couple of the circles like I did with the one below, just add it to your layering steps. You can embellish your flowers with pearls, beads or whatever else your little heart desires.

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I like to attach alligator clips if they are going to be worn in your hair mostly because they are easier for my girls to put in their hair. You could also attach them to a flat back bobby pin or a headband. If you do this it’s best to cut out two identical felt circles. Glue one felt circle to the flower and then glue it onto the top of the headband. Take the second felt circle and glue it so that overlaps the the underside of the headband and attaches to the felt one you glued on the flower so that it holds it in place.

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Ok, let’s finally bring the two tutorials together and make our gift!

There are a couple of ways to attach your flowers. If you want to put it on a bobby pin so that it can hold a card I think it’s best to attach a piece of felt to both the glass and the bobby pin flower. Sorry these aren’t the greatest pictures. I was working late at night when the kiddos were sleeping. But basically it seems to stick better when the felts are glued to each other.

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Or just add the felt to the back of the flower and glue directly onto the jar.

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If you want to skip the flower then simply add some ribbon, flowers and print one of our cards below.

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I’ve designed these cards so that you could easily attach a gift card if you’d like. Or if you’d rather skip the gift card then just cut it down the middle and use only the printed side.

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I’ve separated the cards into four categories.  Scroll down to download and print cards for Teachers, Mother’s Day, Birthdays and Thinking of You.

*I also added a fifth category as well. You can print plain ‘Thank You’ cards as well they just aren’t in the grouped picture below. Free Printable Gift Cards

Click on the images below to download and print. We recommend that you print on a quality matte paper using an ink jet printer. Each print below is sized to print on an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper.

Teachers

Teacher Gift Card Flowers

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day Gift Card Flowers

Birthday

Happy Birthday Gift Card Flowers

Thinking, Praying & Get Well

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Thank You

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I’d love to hear if you make one or both of these projects.

They really are simple and oh so cute! 

~Jenny

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How to make a faux mini pallet sign for around $5

I wanted to make something for my cousin’s birthday. She recently moved into a new house, so I thought a sign would be perfect. Originally, I had thought about doing a picket fence sign, so I bought 7 of these at Ace Hardware for .79 a piece.

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After I got home, I decided that I didn’t want to keep the tips on them (at least not for this project) so I cut them off with my handy saw that my hubby got me for Christmas. Then I cut them in half.

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They are about 10 inches long. I also found a couple of pieces in my garage to nail to the back to hold them together. You could probably just use the same wood, I just liked it a bit thinner.

I knew I was going to sand it and wanted to have a darker wood under the paint, so I stained it with some dark stain I had leftover from another project from last summer.

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Then I painted them with a light yellow acrylic paint.

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Before I nailed it together I sanded down each piece including the the two pieces that actually get nailed on the back.

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To attach the pieces on the back I put them all together and then nailed the nails into each board. Make sure that your nails are not so long that they go through the whole sign.

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I had a couple of different sayings in mind, but then I saw this pallet sign on Pinterest from Corner House. I loved it for a couple of reasons. I loved it for my cousin because it’s a great reminder that she has lots of family that will love her always! The other reason I love it is because as a Christian, I know that even if for some reason everyone around me stopped loving me, I know that God will never stop loving me!

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Or, as my 4 year old said to me the other day, “God will still love us even if we’ve done really, really bad things.” Love that boy!

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I cut the words out on some leftover vinyl. I wanted to make sure it would stick since I was giving it as a gift so I tried it with the vinyl first. But, then when I made the second sign I used contact paper and it worked just as well!

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I used a small sponge to paint inside the negative part of the vinyl & contact paper. Then I peeled off the vinyl and let the paint dry completely. I then went over it with sandpaper again to give it that vintage look.

I only spent about $3 on this whole project. I had everything on hand besides the wood. But, even if you had to purchase the other items, it would still make a great inexpensive project and or gift!

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I made another one…I love this one!

~Jenny

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March Mantle

 

It should be pretty obvious to all of our faithful followers that Jenny and I LOVE to decorate for the seasons and we LOVE to come up with very inexpensive ways to do so! Some of my favorite ways to decorate are with flowers, printables, and things that I already have on hand! My March mantle is very simple and I didn’t really have to buy anything new, just added a couple extra touches!

I don’t usually do a bunch of decoration for St. Patrick’s Day. I LOVED Jenny’s Printable so OF COURSE I added that to my mantle, you can find that here  and then I found another one on Pinterest (OF COURSE!) that I loved too! Who says you can’t do 2 printables? Or 3 or 4? Or maybe even more? Well…actually, let’s stop at 2 for now. This printable thing MIGHT get out of hand at some point (at least if they are in the same room, on the same mantle!). I already had a couple little flower bundles hanging around that I have used in the past for various decorative purposes so I decided to next try my hand at a Pinterest project that I had my eye on for while!

Remember this photo? I talked about doing this vase in my dollar store vase make over post here.

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Well I had an extra dollar store vase lying around and the last time I was in Michaels, they happen to have their Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint on clearance for about $5.99 plus I had an extra 20% off coupon so I got it dirt cheap (please don’t ask me to do the math here, I am the WRITER, MR. Plum Adorable is the Math Man- he could whip that up in his head no problem, I would be sitting here STILL figuring it out with my calculator and a dumb look on my face and I’m ok with that- I know my strengths!) So like I was saying- CHEAP! They used white spray paint above but I thought the frosted glass would look cool!

And this is all I needed to make it happen Cap’n!

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Next step was to add those bad boys (the rubber bands that is!) any which way I wanted!

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SO I took it out back and sprayed away, took a couple coats and about an hour to dry and then this was the finished product!

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And here it is on my mantle with my fun Printables and flowers too!!

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I kind of LOVE that vase and those flowers!! They are making me SO EXCITED for Spring! I hear it is eventually going to make an appearance. I have high hopes! Did I mention that school was 2 hour delayed start on Tuesday due to SNOW!!?? IN MARCH!!???? I’m gonna just keep looking at my pretty vase and flowers and keep hoping and praying for SPRING!!!

~JESS

Striped Frame using matte & Gloss paint {Free Scallop Outline Printable & SVG’s}

I have so many plans for these cute little frames.

I saw a similar tutorial for this striped frame at The Crafting Chicks.

Love their blog!

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I used the same technique they did, but with different materials.

1. I found this frame at Hobby Lobby for only $2.99. With a 40% off coupon it’s only $1.79! (The size is approximately 8.25 x 11 inches) I hand painted it with a gray acrylic paint. But, you could also spray paint it, just make sure that you use a ‘matte’ spray paint. 

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2. Once it was painted I put Frog Tape on the frame to make stripes. {The Crafting Chicks were promoting their new Scotch Blue Edge Lock tape. It sounds like it works great, but because I had Frog Tape on hand, I used that instead.} I probably should have started a stripe in the middle as a guide, but it ended up looking great in the end. Spray a clear gloss paint all over the frame. 

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3. Once it’s completely dry remove the tape to see the contrast. 

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I love it!

ADDING A PICTURE TO THE FRAME

I thought it would be fun to have the picture match the scallop look of the frame. (I realize this is not a true scallop shape, but let’s call it that for fun because I don’t know what to call it…m’kay.)

I have a program where I create all of my graphics which makes it easy for me to insert my photo into the scallop frame I designed. . But, I realize most of you are not able to do this, so I made it easy for you to cut out your pictures to match the scallop frame above.

Click on the image below to download and print out on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. I have sized these scallops to be slightly smaller than 4×6 & 5×7 inch pictures so that they will fit on top of your picture. Once you print the image below, cut out the scallop outline, lay it on your picture, trace it, then cut it out to create a scallop shape of your own picture.

For all of you SVG fans out there, I have also created free SVG files of these scallops. Scroll to the bottom to download.

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Because there is no glass covering on this frame, I recommend that you first spray your picture with a UV-Resistant Coating to protect it. I then attached my picture with a Staples Glue Tape Runner.

So, I originally thought I would make this as a gift for someone’s birthday coming up, but I love it so much that I think I might do a wall full with different colors. I have it on a stand right now, but because I will eventually be adding brackets to the back, I thought I would share with you my little trick to putting on brackets. Does anyone else get frustrated putting those darn things on? Usually I am having to use small nails so that it doesn’t pierce through the other side of the wood which makes it more difficult. Hopefully this tip will help you in the future if you ever have to add a bracket.

Bracket Tutorial

 

Since Jess featured her family photographer yesterday, and I just happen to be using my pictures today, I have to give a little plug to our family photographer. Arlene and I have known each other since before we had our babies. A few years ago she started her own photography business. In a nutshell, she is amazing. I have so many beautiful pictures (like the one below) yet to hang on my wall. Visit her website at arlenechambers.com or click on the image below. Beware, you will get sucked in looking at all of her amazing photos…like I just did for the past 15 minutes. Seriously.

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Striped Frame

Click on either image below to download the free SVG file.

 

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If you make a frame, I’d love to see it!

~Jenny

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