Easy Revamped Holiday Frames…

Who doesn’t love a virtually free and fun holiday decor idea? Especially if you get to recycle something that’s just collecting dust in your garage sale box.

Last year, my daughter Bella and I were asked by Charm Magazine to come up with a holiday “Trash to Treasure” decor idea for their Christmas edition. This was the project that we came up with and I thought we would share it with you this year. We had so much fun making our holiday frames and we wired several of of them into our trees throughout our home and set a couple larger ones out on our entry table and kitchen counter. We couldn’t stop with us, so we busted out the bling and made some for friends and family too and we’re doing it again this year!

When we started this project, Bella and I rummaged through our garage sale box and found tons of old frames and pulled out our scrapbook paper and sticker letters and just went to town! We refreshed some of old frames with crackle paint and for some of the old white frames, we just wiped on a couple layers of Minwax mahogany wood stain like this frame:

For our framed words, we used beautiful scrapbook papers and sticker letters/die cut letters and wrote words like Joy, Peace and Noel. For frames we gave as gifts, we spelled out last names or monograms and hot glued a wired silk four looped bow or an ornament such as a dragonfly or snowflake to the frame itself. For a couple of the smaller frames, we included a spool of wire with the gift so our friends and family could wire their monograms into their trees. If you’re interested in learning how to make the four looped bow. detailed instructions are posted at the end of this posting. Here is a picture of the frame that we hot glued a dragonfly ornament to:

Below is a frame that we gave to a family member to wire into their tree:

Below is one that we tied with ribbon and attached to a wreath for a friend’s front door:


This is how we display the ones we made for ourselves during the holidays:


Sophie’s first appearance in my blog (15 years old):

I just love them and love that they cost us nothing, we had all of the supplies! smaller! Bow instructions are at the end of this posting and I would love to see pictures of your frames if you decide to make them.

Thank you as always for your sweet emails and comments! I was absolutely blown away this last week with more than 55 comments on the poster board tree cones! Wow! I just can’t thank you all enough for your kind words! I’m so glad you all liked the trees! Thank you, thank you! Send me pictures of your trees too!

I have another holiday decor project coming up this week that is FABULOUS! It will be a guest blogger project by my friend Jennifer and you will not want to miss it, so check back!


Instructions for Four Looped Bow

1) You can do this with any ribbon. I prefer the wired silk looking ribbon best for this particular project because I can really fluff and crumple the ribbon.

2) Make a double bow loop with the end of the ribbon going past the center:

3)Pinch together your two loops in the middle and wrap the ribbon around the center once:

4) Taking the ribbon from the center of the bow, make a 3rd loop and come back to the center of bow and pinch to hold:

5) While pinching and holding the center, make your 4th loop and bring ribbon back to the center and now wrap around the center of the bow once sort of tight to secure.

6) Wrap the center of the bow a second time loose to make it look pretty:

7) Cut your ribbon on the backside of your bow, allowing an extra two inches to hot glue and fold over to complete your bow.

8) Hot glue (well) the backside of the center of your bow and attach to frame. Wait until glue completely dries and fluff the bow.

Enjoy and check back soon!



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23 Responses to Easy Revamped Holiday Frames…

  1. Laura M says:

    I am the proud owner of the NOEL one!! 🙂

  2. Erin says:

    They are gorgeous!!! I love all them, but I think JOY is my favorite! 🙂

  3. Great ideas! I would love to have you link up to my Saving Christmas Party at: http://spartasavings.blogspot.com/2010/12/saving-christmas-week-8.html

  4. The JOY frame is great! Revamping is always good….Thanks for sharing.

  5. Just Beautiful! I love all of them. Blessing and thanks for sharing, Vicky

  6. Love this…the JOY is my favorite, but love all of them!! Great job and thanks for the bow tutorial!!

  7. I love all the frames! They are beautiful! I love the name of your blog too. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured' button.

  8. Janlynn says:

    Beautiful bows. Thanks for the instructions.Your home looks fabulous.

  9. Felicia says:

    Awe! I love this idea! I make similar frames for my chalk boards, and drill a couple holes on the top to thread the ribbons threw. Then you can hang them on the wall! I would love it if you came to follow me! http://skittaskattfurniture.blogspot.com

  10. Laurie says:

    I just found your blog…love it! I'm your newest follower!

  11. Jumping Jack says:

    Coming over from UCreate! Love these frames! Such a simple and cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a rich look with all of those easy to find items. Thanks for linking.

  13. Love your blog! Saw you on ucreate, and was smitten. 🙂 Now your newest stalker!

  14. I love your Joy frame. I see a great project in my very near future!

  15. Meg says:

    This is great! I love the bow tutorial–thank you! I'd love for you to share this at my Everything but the Kitchen Sink link party, going on now through Sunday! Have a great weekend!

  16. Great idea of adding these framed artworks to the wreath and tree. Thanks for the bow info!

  17. WobiSobi says:

    Such a great Idea. I Love your Blog.

  18. I love those. I never would have thought to hang them on the tree. Good idea.

  19. I love how you incorporated the frames on the tree. They are so cute!

  20. Jami says:

    Small world!! I actually saw the Charm magazine a year or so ago (my mom is in Nacogodches & saves local things like that for me to catch up on friends,etc.) I remember seeing this and made your frames last year for teacher Christmas gifts! its on my blog!! I'll have to update it with your blog! You have so many cute things…I've had such a fun evening looking around!

  21. where did you get the thing that you put in the middle of the bow and did you hot glue that as well?

  22. Kim Freeman says:

    Thank You! Thank You!! I have been looking all over for a tutorial on making this bow. I love your website. You are so talented!!

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