Arts & Crafts time! This is a new kind of post for me. I was inspired by a new blog I found, I Heart Nap Time. Being born and raised in Texas, crafting is in my blood, however since my move to New England I just haven't been as crafty. There are certainly people who do crafts up here, but not to the extent of Southern women. On occasion I go back to my roots and craft up something good, I'll share the results. No, I won't be bedazzling Keds or anything crazy like that. Let's warm up the hot glue gun and see what kind of pretty things we can make!
For years I could not find a good place to display all the holiday cards we receive. You tape them to a door frame, they fall down. Place them on a table, clutter clutter yuck! I am just too darn cheap to buy one of those pretty iron display racks at Pottery Barn, so last year I made a pretty display out of some felt and a piece of art I had hanging on the wall. Here are easy step-by-step directions on how to make your own Holiday Card Display Frame. Enjoy!
Step 1: Find an existing piece of art on your wall to turn into your card display. Note: Don't chose an expensive, real piece of art. I chose a piece I bought from one of the hotels I worked at for $5 when they renovated.
Step 2: Gather your materials. Framed picture, large piece of red felt, packing tape or masking tape, ribbon, twist tie, scissors and straight pins.
Step 3: Size the felt. Lay out the felt and trim to fit the frame leaving the back open so you can still use the hanging wire to rehang the picture.
Step 4: Tape down the felt. Pull it kind of tight. Tape the felt to the back of the picture. This is why you don't use a "real" piece of art. It can damage the back of the framing when you remove it, but not bad. I used this same picture last year, it is still in great condition.
Step 5: Tie a nice thick ribbon around the whole thing. Remember to slip it under the hanging wire and tie it up in the back for a polished look on the front.
The result is a pretty package!
Step 6: Tie a pretty bow. I love the wire lined ribbon. If you use wire rimmed ribbon you don't have to be an expert bow maker to make a pretty bow. It shapes up so easily, you can just bend the ribbon into something nice. Please bear with my bow making pictures, they are not pretty. I make bows by doing loops on loops twisting the ribbon in the center so the velvet side is always out. I secure the whole thing a twist of the ribbon over the middle and tie it up in the back. Next I added separate pieces of ribbon to create the tails. I use a twist tie from a bag of bread to secure the whole thing to the ribbon on the frame.
The finish: My bow making instructions were not so great, this is the bow I came up with. My bows come out different every time I make one. You could also buy a pretty pre-made bow.
Step 7: Hang your frame back on the wall.
Step 8: Use straight pins from your sewing kit to secure all the holiday cards you receive. On a folded card I hide the pin on the inside of the card. On a flat photo card I use the Christmas color pins only.
Continue to add cards to the frame all season long. It is beautiful when it is totally full of happy seasons greetings!