DIY: Fourth of July: Glittery Frames

20140627_232751I’m still counting my way down to the fabulous fourth, so here’s another festive and fun DIY project to get you in the mood for hotdogs and fireworks.

In my first post I showed you how to make a festive door hanger. Now, I’m going to show you how to make some awesomely festive glittery picture frames.

You will need:

  • Two 5×7 picture frames (I already had these thanks to a large set I purchased a few years ago at a Target Black Friday sale, but any 5×7 frames will do)
  • One piece each of red and blue glittery scrapbook paper (I found mine at AC Moore for 99 cents each, but most craft stores will have some variation on it in their scrapbook section)
  • 20140627_231242A paper cutter (I have the Fiskars 12 Inch Portable Cutter and I love it! It has rulers on both sides so you know how large the piece of paper you’re cutting is, plus guides on the cutting board itself so you can easily see if you’re creating a 5×7, 4×6, etc. As a little side tip, I had the Cricut 12 Inch cutter before purchasing the Fiskars one and it never quite worked right)
  • Glue or scrapbook paper adhesive (I like the EZ Runners. Each craft store usually has their own brand that is similar, or you can buy a two pack for $9 on Amazon. Each has about 28 feet of tape so they last a while)
  • Two 4×6 printable designs (I got mine free from Hostess with the Mostess, but there are tons out there. Just google “fourth of july printables,” design your own or search Pinterest)
  • White card stock (Amazon has a pack of 100 sheets for $9)
  • Computer and printer

Instructions:

  • Start out by printing off your chosen designs. Make sure you print them 4×6. Two should fit on one piece of card stock.
  • Using your paper cutter, carefully cut out your designs and set them aside.
  • Using your paper cutter, cut each piece of glittery paper into a 5X7 rectangle. Be sure they measure exactly 5×7 or they won’t fit in the picture frames and will require additional trimming.
  • 20140627_231535With your first design, which you’ve cut into a 4×6, center it on the 5×7 glittery rectangle. Adhere it to the rectangle using glue or scrapbook paper adhesive. I used scrapbook adhesive, running it around all of the edges of the back of the 4×6 design. It takes more than a few dots to make it stick to the glittery paper.
  • Repeat the previous step using the second 4×6 design and the second 5×7 glittery rectangle.
  • Once both designs have been attached to their glittery counterparts, open the photo frames and place each design in them. Note, the frames may need to be cleaned first with glass cleaner as new frames are sometimes fairly dirty inside.
  • Close the frames, wipe off any fingerprints on the glass and place each in the perfect location around your home.
  • Viola! Another fun, festive project complete.20140628_000727
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DIY: Fourth of July: Festive Door Hanger

20140627_235727It’s almost the fourth of July! I love summer holidays. There’s just something about getting together with family and friends, snacking on a bunless hotdog (gluten free at barbecues is a challenge so you make do), and fireworks that make me excited. It also doesn’t hurt that summer is my all time favorite season. So, to gear up for the fabulous fourth, I’ve been DIYing like a crazy person. Seriously, overnight my apartment went from spring/summer-ish to patriotic passion.

I want to share some of the fun, so each day leading up the fourth I’m going to share a different festive DIY project. Up first, is this awesomesauce door hanger. I had been looking at ones in the craft stores and they just didn’t have what I was looking for. Many of them were sort of vintage patriotic and I’m not a huge fan of that, plus, they were expensive, so I made my own.

20140627_205413Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Three large wooden stars (I found mine at AC Moore for a $1 each)
  • Three small wooden stars (50 cents each at AC Moore; If you don’t have an AC Moore nearby, you can also use Amazon. They have a variety pack with both small and large for $4.90 so pretty close to what I paid)
  • One small bottle each of red and blue acrylic paint (59 cents each at AC Moore or Amazon has DecoArt acrylic paint for 99 cents each)
  • One white paint pen (I already had this from a previous project, but you can typically find them for a few dollars at a craft store or $3.99 at Amazon)
  • Patriotic ribbon (I used two different designs, both of which I found on sale at AC Moore)
  • Thumbtacks
  • 20140627_215708Aileen’s Tacky Glue (I can not say enough good things about this glue. I always have it on-hand and have used it for a wide variety of projects. Most craft stores carry it, but Amazon has the 16-ounce for $3.88 which is a great price since it’s usually closer to $7)

Instructions:

  • Start by painting the large wooden stars with a coat of blue paint. While they’re drying, paint the small stars with a coat of red paint. Put a second coat on both. Depending on your paint and your stars, a third coat may be needed. If necessary, apply a third coat and let dry.
  • Using the white paint pen, draw one letter each on the small stars (U-S-A). If necessary, trace over the letters to apply a second coat.
  • 20140627_222557When dry, apply tacky glue to the back of the U star and glue it onto the large star, placing it in the center. Repeat for the additional two letters, centering each on a separate large star.
  • Cut the first ribbon design into two even pieces. Also cut one longer piece.
  • Using the ribbon, attach one of the even pieces onto the top of the A star. Secure it with both glue and a thumbtack to the back of the star.
  • Attach the top of the same ribbon, using both glue and a thumbtack, to the back of the bottom of the S star.
  • Using the second even piece of ribbon, attach it with both glue and a thumbtack, to the back of the top of the S star.
  • 20140627_235639Attach the top of the same ribbon, using both glue and a thumbtack, to the back of the bottom of the A star.
  • With the slightly longer ribbon, attach the end, again glue and thumbtack, to the back of the top of the A star.
  • Take the top of the same ribbon and form it into a loop, attaching it to the back of the top of the A star.
  • With the second ribbon design, tie a bow through the loop to hang the hanger up. I used a 3m hook and stuck the knot of the bow through the hook part of the 3m hook.
  • Stand back and admire your patriotic masterpiece. Happy almost fourth of July you DIY diva you.

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How perfect is it that on my first day back to work following a New England trip in which I went to Salem Hocus Pocus is on back to back? I’m loving it. Now I just have to decorate for Halloween. If I could catch the Sleepy Hollow cartoon and Charlie Brown everything would be perfect. I also wouldn’t hate on some Halloweentown.

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Happy birthday to me! Twenty-eight on the 28th. Freaky. And I had a massive ice cream cake to celebrate, thanks to Groupon. Ron made me dinner, and picked out my cake, along with some surprise sunflowers, but other than that, I didn’t really do anything for my birthday. I had to work today, but I’m off Friday and since Monday’s a holiday, I’ll have a nice long weekend to celebrate. Really I’m just excited to have a little break from work. Everyone loves a mini-vacation.

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Memorial Day Chinese. I know it’s usually a barbecue, hot dogs on the grill type holiday, but I’ve been wanting Chinese for weeks so no better time than tonight. Really, I didn’t do anything holiday-ish this weekend. I shot a wedding, started going through photos, went to the movies and ate Chinese. It was too cold for the pool and I didn’t grill out or attend any Memorial Day events. I had planned to make some gluten free cupcakes, but didn’t get around to it. Oops. I’ll try to be better when fourth of July rolls around. I am, however, thankful and grateful for our troops who give up so much so that we have freedom. Thanks to all of you. Happy Memorial Day!

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After church I went to lunch with my mom for Mother’s Day. We don’t meet up for lunch often so it was a nice treat. And I have a great mom so that helps. 🙂 I hope everyone was able to spend time with their mothers today. Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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Today was another busy day with church followed by Easter celebrations with both families. We had lunch with Ron’s family and watched our nieces and nephews hunt for eggs. Then we had dinner with my family at Applebees. After dinner I picked up a few groceries, including new tulips since my other ones died. I’m a sucker for tulips and they’re perfect for Easter. Hope everyone had a great day with their families and also took time to remember the real reason for the holiday. Happy Easter!

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Today was an extremely busy day. Ron and I had errands to run this morning before grabbing a quick lunch and heading to church for the spring fling. The turnout was amazing with way more people than expected, which meant a lot of work. I’ll admit I kind of had a cushy job taking photos, but it was basically three straight hours of walking around shooting. After the spring fling, we stopped by my parents house and then headed to the grocery store and picked up dinner before coming home and dying our eggs. Tomorrow will be just as busy with church and Easter gatherings with both of our families, but I love Easter so I don’t mind. I just wish it were a little more springy outside.