Another Take on the Coloring Book Page Frame

Hey Ladies-

I really loved the look of the coloring book page frame that I created with my younger daughter, so my older daughter and I created another take on the idea.  We decided to wrap a frame in the page she colored, similar to some other wrapped frames I have done!  I love including her own artwork, as well as all of the bright colors she used!

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What you need:

  • Coloring Page
  • Markers
  • Frame (I used a 5×7)
  • Ruler
  • Scrapbook Page Cutter (If you need to trim edges)
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Something to cut on

Coloring Book Frame1.First color your fun page!  Then, since I printed my pages from online, I trimmed the blank margins off with my scrapbook page cutter.  It will still work if you skip this step since they will be hidden on the back side of the frame.  Then flip the page over and center the frame in the middle of the back.  Using your ruler and the straight line where the frame edges come together, place a dot 1″ from the edge of the corner.  Do this on all 4 corners.

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2.  Use the straight edge of your ruler and an X-acto to cut a line from dot to dot- cutting out a square from the center of the coloring page.

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3.This is what your colored page should look like at this point.  Coloring Book Frame

4.  Set the page aside and spray adhesive to the front of the frame.  Make sure to have something under it.  I used this mat- you may want to avoid any paper products as they will stick to the frame.  Once this is done center the frame face down on the back of the coloring page.  Flip it over and rub the front of the coloring page to make sure it is adhered to the frame and there are no bubbles.Coloring Book Frame

5.  Flip the frame back over and cut from corner of the frame to the dot you made in step 1. Do this on all 4 corners.Coloring Book Frame

6. Spray adhesive on the inner portion of the frame and fold the flaps you made onto the inside, set in portion of the frame back where the glass will sit.  Make sure to firmly press the paper into the corners so that it is securely adhered and glass will fit back in place.Coloring Book Frame

7. Using your ruler again for a straight edge, cut from the corner of the frame to the corner of the coloring page.  Do this for all 4 corners.Coloring Book Frame

8. Spray adhesive on the back of the frame and fold the flaps around the edges, making sure they adhere to the back.  Coloring Book Frame

9. Tip: To make it a little easier to fold and not so bulky on the corners, I snipped the end off of the flap on the 5″ sides of the frame and left the triangular ends on the 7″ sides to cover the corner edges.

 

 

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10. After all sides are wrapped and adhesive is dry, use your foam brush to cover the frame in a thin layer of Mod Podge to protect it.  When the Mod Podge is dry you can reassemble the frame insert a fun picture.  I love being able to display my sweetie’s picture in her own artwork!!

Happy Crafting!

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Sweet Little Photo Flower

Hey Ladies-

I found some cute mini wooden flower pots at the craft store and thought it would be fun to do something with them.  So, I looked around and used some scraps and tools I had laying around and created a cute little flower featuring one of my sweeties!  I decided to keep it on my desk, but it would be a great little gift for her best friend or a grandparent!

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What you need:

  • Exchange size picture
  • Mini wooden flower pot
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Straw
  • Green clay
  • Acrylic paint (I chose gold)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint Brush
  • Medium flower punch
  • Extra large flower punch
  • Paper towel

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1. Paint the wooden pot and set aside to dry.

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2.Punch 2 extra large flowers out of the scrapbook paper.  I chose two different colors.  Then punch 1 medium flower around the child’s face in the Exchange Photo.

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3.Glue flowers together as shown.

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4. Wrap a ball of clay around the bottom of the straw that should be snipped to be 3″ long.

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5.  Push the clay and straw into the painted pot after it drys.

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6.  Glue the assembled flower to the top of the straw and feel free to embellish with ribbon or jewels.   Have fun and enjoy this quick and sweet little craft!

 

Happy crafting!

 

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Pot of Gold

Hey Ladies-

I was thinking about St. Patrick’s Day and my mind wandered to the Pot of Gold.  In thinking about this well known treasure that shows up at the end of rainbows and serves as a place for leprechauns to play and cause mischief, I started thinking about the treasures in my life. While there are many, my kids are pretty high up on the list.  So, I thought to myself, how can I incorporate my little treasures into something fun to commemorate this holiday.  In this craft, I have included not only pictures from this school year, but from years past. I turned my little mischievous ones into pieces of gold.  Now when March rolls around we will be able to look back at past pictures of them and reminisce of days gone by.  This will be a fun project to add new pictures to yearly and grow my pot of gold!

Pot of Gold supplies

What you need:

  • School pictures- Wallet or Exchange Size
  • Black bucket
  • 2″ Wood Medallions
  • Gold Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or craft glue
  • Green Sharpie
  • Hole punches (I used 1 3/4 and 1 7/16)
  • Newspaper

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  1. Spread newspaper on your work surface and paint wood medallions with gold paint. Make sure to paint the edges and when they are dry, flip them to paint the other side. Go ahead and paint 13 for each child and you will have enough to simply add their picture in future years for Kindergarten through 12th grade.Tip: If you have something small to stick under each one it will keep the paint from drying to the paper. I had some smaller medallions that I placed under each one as it dried.

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2. Punch out your pictures.

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3.  Glue pictures to the dried Gold Medallions that are now gold coins!

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4.  Write the year and grade on the back side of the gold coins.

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Enjoy your treasure year after year!

 

Happy crafting and happy St. Patty’s Day to ya!!

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Lighted Photo Cling Vase

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Using the Photo Clings again, I was able to create this cute little tea light holder that incorporated well into my table centerpiece.  It goes great with my Christmas Decor and will work great  for New Year’s too!

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What you need:

  • Photo clings
  • Small Square Vase
  • Glass Rocks or Colored Sand
  • Ribbon
  • Tea Light

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1. Stick your photo clings to your vase.  No worries!  Just peel and stick. They are repositionable you can move them around to get the look you want.

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2.  Put glass rocks or colored sand in the vase.  I started with green rocks and then ended up using clear ones when I put my centerpiece together.IMG_4559 3.  Tie a shimmery ribbon around the vase.IMG_4561

4.  Situate your tea light in the top layer of rocks or sand.  This quick and easy little photo craft is fun by itself, but works great in a display!

Happy crafting!!

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Photo Clings and Glass Block Decor

Hey Ladies-  I have been playing around with fun ways to use our new Clings- wallet size photos with a repositionable adhesive on the back.  I will have to say I am loving them!  here is an amazingly easy and attractive craft for which the clings are just perfect!
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What you need:

  • Photo Clings
  • Fillable Glass Block (These are in craft stores, but also in some big box hardware stores as a seasonable item.)
  • Spool of Wide Ribbon
  • Small glitter colored foam balls or small ornaments
  • Scissors

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  1.  Make sure your glass block is clean and position you clings on the front of it.IMG_4564
  2. Fill the glass block with the ornaments or glittered balls and put the cap that comes with the block in place.IMG_4604
  3. Tie your ribbon around the block.  To get this look, I tied two consecutive bows which gave me 4 loops.

Happy crafting!

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The Boys Picture Frame

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Here is a simple frame I threw together for a friend of mine that has all grandsons! I thought this was a fun Christmas gift he could use to show them off!
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What you need:

  • Frame with wide edges
  • Metallic Acrylic Paint
  • 3-D Scrapbook letters
  • Braided Twine (I got mine at Wal-Mart)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue stick
  • Paintbrush
  • Cup of water for rinsing paintbrush
  • Paper towel

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  1.  Paint the bottom edge of the frame up to where the bottom of the picture will be with metallic paint.  (I flipped the frame around and had it propped up so the bottom edges could dry.)

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2.  After the paint dries, place the 3-D scrapbook letters evenly spaced along the bottom edge of the frame.IMG_4571

3.  Glue the length of braided twine around the paint line with the hot glue gun and add a picture of those crazy boys!  I substituted a picture of little men close to me to see how it would look with a picture in it!  I love it!

Happy crafting!

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Personalize Painted Wintertime Decor with School Pictures

Hey Ladies,

This is the second craft my kids and I tackled.  It is very similar to the ornaments, but these wintertime objects can sit up on their own and add a little handcrafted touch to table or mantle decor.

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What you need:

  • School Pictures (Wallet or Exchange size)
  • 3-D Brown paper maché wintertime objects
  • Paint palette
  • Assorted acrylic paints in  colors that go with your objects
  • School Glue
  • Cup with water for washing brushes
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel
  • Newspaper (Optional, if you are concerned about keeping your work space clean)

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1.  Peel the facial features off of your objects to make space for the school pictures.IMG_0238

2.  Paint your objects.

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3.  Cut your kids faces our of their school pictures.IMG_0246

4.  Glue the faces on and decorate!

Happy Crafting!

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