Hi! I’m Amy from Ameroonie Designs, where I blog about crafting, sewing and mothering. I have been wanting to find a jumping off point for my living room decorations for a while. I want the focus in this room to be on my Family, especially my extended family. When I had the chance to create a project for the Wood Connection, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to create a fabulous focal point for my space.
I started with the supplies:
I used a Jessica frame in 11X14 size (only available in stores) with the overlay.
A small bird, (I also asked for three of the small mini birds that you find with the darling birdhouses they sell)
I also found small letters that spell out FAMILY (available in stores)
And finally I selected the papers I wanted to use, the papers are from the Sweet Summertime line by Echo Park. And paint- Canary and White by Ceramcoat.
I used Wood Glue to attach the paper to the wood shapes, and dark and clear wax to finish off the frames.
Now for the step by step:
1. Paint the base of the frame canary.
2. Paint the overlay and sides of the letters and birds white.
*tip: you only need to paint the sides and around the edges of the shapes you plan to cover with paper.
3. Trace the letters and shapes on the desired papers and cut them out.
*cut just inside your pencil lines to get a more accurate cut on your paper. Especially for hard to reach areas, like the center of your letter “A” make sure you fit the paper on the wood shape and trim as necessary, before gluing the paper to the wood, since those areas will be difficult to reach with sand paper.
4. Glue the paper to the wood shapes. Allow to dry. Sand the edges to get rid of any excess paper. If you have any questions on this part, there is a great tutorial for adding scrapbook paper to wood on The Wood Connection blog. I used ink pads to distress the edges of the letters and the birds.
5. Sand and distress the frame pieces. I used wax to add the color to the edges, but you can use stain, ink or paint to distress your pieces. Glue the overlay to the frame.
6. Cover the glass of the frame with wrapping paper. You could also use fabric if you can’t find a paper you like.
7. Use hot glue to attach the letters and the birds to the frame.
Step back and enjoy your new art work.
The thing that is great about these frames is that you can hang them on the wall…
Or you can use dowels to stand the frame on a flat surface. I’m still debating how I’m going to finally display mine.
I’m really loving the bright addition to my home decor.