Hello friends! Welcome to Day 2 of Christmas in July Week! :)
Today, I'm going to show you how to re-create something you may already have laying around your house.
This "re-creation" can easily be wrapped and given as a fantastic, one of a kind, personalized Christmas gift. Or, if you really just LOVE it, you can keep it (KIDDING!!).
It's super easy and fun to make.
Here's what you'll need:
*Something to decorate, such as ~ a wood framed mirror, a photo frame, a plaque, a wooden unfinished keepsake box (like you get at the craft stores), an old wooden chair that needs sprucing up (think thrift stores!), a small accent table...basically anything that can be painted!
*A solid paint color (I used Antique White, 'cause that's what I like)
*An accent color (I used Metallic Gold, 'cause I felt like it)
*A box of stick-on foam letters from your favorite craft store (don't worry about colors, we are gonna paint them)
*Elmers glue (just in case)
*Craft paint brushes
*Flat razor blade (IF you are NOT accident prone)
*Painters Tape (IF you ARE accident prone)
Here are my before and after pictures, just to give you an idea of what we are gonna do...(focus on the mirror)
I've had that framed mirror for YEARS. It has been painted and put in a corner, but I'm ready for a change. MANY things in my house are getting a fresh coat of paint in the next few months, so here is my first of many...
First grab your box of stick-on foam letters and come up with some "words" that you want to put on your project.
If you are doing a photo frame, you could put a person's name on there, or you could be really original and put on "Live Laugh Love"...just sayin'....or you could put "Family"..."Chocolate Is My Life"...or whatever comes to mind ... :)
Let that 1st coat dry. Apply a second coat. I am not going for "perfection" here, so if you want it "Perfect"...you may need 3 coats. I did two.
Once that second coat is dry, you will notice that there is paint all over the edges of your mirror (if that's what you're decorating)...
...unless you did the "tape thing". So, EITHER take off your tape, or grab your handy dandy razor blade. Scrape the paint away holding the blade almost flat. PLEASE don't cut yourself...especially if you are using Antique White! :)
Now then, you COULD be done. IF you are going for the more clean, solid color look, stop here. This is your finished project. BUT, if you want to do more, continue...
I wanted a little bit of accent on my letters, so I went a step further. Using Metallic Gold paint, and a very dry brush (just dab the brush into the paint and then swirl on a dry surface to remove most of the paint),...
I gently brushed the edges of the letters.
This makes the letters stand out a bit more, but it's purely optional.
Before and After, once again.
Super easy, I bet you have most of that stuff in your craft room, or under your bed, or in a cabinet, in your pantry, or wherever you keep that kind of stuff....so let's get crafting!
See you tomorrow!
Not into sewing or painting? How about glueing???
Come back tomorrow and see how you can make this...
with NO SEWING!!!
Why don't you pop over to Homesteaders Heart and see what Kim's doing for Christmas in July today...
Oh! I can't leave you without this thought...while you are reading my post, I am most likely Lobstering...