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Posted by Vickie Howell on November 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM in General CraftsGreat Gifts!PaintingThanksgiving Projects
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Alter Frame

Thanksgiving is a day for creating memories and celebrating family.  My favorite physical manifestation of that are personalized, handmade frames to honor the people whom I consider to be my biggest blessings.  They're easy to make, the design possibilities are endless AND they make great, holiday table decor (for birthdays and anniversaries, too!)  Get your kids involved by handing them a paint brush or even, just letting them choose the pictures to be displayed.  Seeing smiling faces coming out of your awesome little alters is a great reward for being creative.  For you, my crafty parent compadres, I am thankful!

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Materials
Freestanding Wood Frame
Craft Paint
Sponge Brushes
Fabric, Vinyl or Decorative Paper
Decoupage Medium
Glitter
Photo
Letter Pieces
Hot Glue/Gun OR Tacky Glue
Scissors

How-To
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  • Place frame face down on the fabric, vinyl or paper that you've chosen to embellish the front.  With a pen or pencil, trace around the face of the frame and inside square.  Cut out; set aside.
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  • Paint entire frame with desired color; sprinkle glitter over frame feet--I used the leftover orange from the Leaf Print Place Mat and Pumpkin Place Cards.  Why not watch our pennies and coordinate our decor all in one swoop, right?

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  • Trim your fabric (vinyl or paper) to just a wee bit smaller than frame front, so the painted border will show.  Spread a thin layer of decoupage medium on back of fabric and center on frame; smooth down.  Paint another layer over the fabric AND the rest of the frame back and sides (excluding the glittered feet), to seal.  Let dry.

  • Glue letters (I found mine in the Scrapbook section of the craft store, but you could also use magazine cut-outs or a paint pen) into place.  Since my photo was of my baby girl enjoying her food, I spelled out "Yum".  You could also use the date, a child's name, or a word describing the photo.  Whatever floats your gravy boat. :)

Tips for Using Frames at Your Holiday Gathering
  • Make one with a picture of each guest at your adult table to use as take-home place cards.

  • Place 3 or more frames in a grouping as a centerpiece on your main table.

  • Place a few frames with pictures from family vacations, parties or other celebrations around the food table.  This will likely spark conversations about great memories from those events!

  • Every year take a picture of your child eating his or her favorite T-day food and make a special frame for it.  Each year bring the frames out to decorate for the holiday, as proof that your yummy food grows beautiful children!


Got any other great ideas for getting the kids involved and making them feel like a special part of this year's Thanksgiving Day celebration?  Post in the comments section; we'd love to hear them!

Have a safe, happy holiday filled with family and love!

Yours in Craftiness,
Vickie

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1 Comments

violette writes...

Thanks for this sweet project! I love it!

Love, Violette

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