Since I’m busy taking photos this month (and woefully behind in sharing them!) I thought I’d share a quick craft that’s a perfect way to give your photos a real life home beyond your camera roll.
I know that’s where most of my photos often stay. And every now and then I pull them all off into iPhoto when I start running out of memory on my phone.
If you’ve got a basement full of stuff that’s a great place to start the shopping for this project. Or at least it was for me. I hit my fabric stash for some burlap and then picked out a few large picture frames that weren’t currently housing any pictures and headed back upstairs.
I chose the burlap and the black because HELLO Pinterest! If it doesn’t have burlap or a mason jar it is totally not legit. Also, the nice neutral colors really let my photos POP. But if you’ve got other fabric you would like to use, then I say go for it. This is definitely a project you can infuse your personality into.
Next I popped the glass out of the frames and cut a piece of poster board the size of the glass to use for the backing. Then I cut a piece of burlap down to the same size. I mounted it to the poster board with a spray adhesive and popped it in the frame, but didn’t put the back of the frame in place yet.
And yes…anytime you start cutting burlap it will be messy. Embrace the mess.
Next you’ll need some twine or ribbon. I used the twine because it kept with the neutral, somewhat rustic vibe I was going for. I cut mine so that they could stretch across the frame with plenty of slack and a little bit of extra for wrapping around the back.
I laid my twine out a little bit crooked on purpose to “give it character.” We all need a little bit of character in our lives, right? Once you like how they are laid out how you want them to be, you’ll need to secure them so they don’t slip down.
Depending on how tight your backing fits the frame, you may need to glue them in, or if your frame was super tight with the backing, they’ll just be wedged in so tight that you’ll know that once they have been joined they can never be pulled asunder. Or something Biblical like that. That twine’s not going anywhere, people.
Now all you need to do is print up your Instagram pics and buy yourself some cute mini clothes pins (I got mine at Michael’s in the scrapbooking section) to clip them onto your new displays. Then remember to update them once in a while. Heh. I should do that.
Oh! And guess what? You can take down all or some of your cute Instagram pics and display your Christmas cards during December. How fun is that?
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Aaaaand, I’m still documenting December. But this post is getting long so I made a collage to catch up. Things got kind of crazy around here last week since the boy and I had a musical production.
Here’s a quick recap:
Day 4: Sweets…Tonight’s the first performance of the Christmas musical and that means I’ve got a little treat for my orchestra peeps. The girl told me to sure they get better every night and decided these should be the treats for tonight.
Bonus…Love today’s #incourage quote. Glad to have a few special friends like this.
Bonus…The photobooth shot! Our fearless crafty leader at MOPS FHBC set up a photo booth and my fantabulous #After7 group of world changers posed. Love these gals!
Day 5: Jingle…Almost time to ring those bells. (I try not to throw these things. I think since I can read music and lead the orchestra I was entrusted with 8 (EIGHT) bells. If you have ever struggled with pride in your musical abilities, take it from me…this is a guaranteed lesson in humility.
Day 6: Festive…Concert black’s not so festive…But the orchestra was so amazing (and so well concealed behind the set!) that people thought the music was a recording instead of a live orchestra. I’d call that a win! #frenchhorn
Day 7: Something Red… It’s a #latergram because yesterday was when I finally went into shutdown mode after four nights in a row of rehearsals and performances. My something red is my big enameled cast iron pot (Which I LOVE!) full of yummy Cajun chicken noodle soup.
Day 8: Sparkle…Another #latergram. Some of the simplest, least expensive ornaments on my tree have the most memories tied to them. This was a Moppets gift from when my kiddos were tinies! It’s plastic, but it sparkles like glass.
Day 9: Comfy…#TheSadie is camped out on my hubby’s lap. She’s not much a lapsitter, but when she does it, she does like a boss.
Bonus…I think you’ll be seeing more of this if you follow me on Instagram. I just got a journalling Bible and I’m so excited about it. I haven’t had a new Bible in a while and I started using the She Reads Truth devotional plan and followed a few of the people who write for them. These gorgeous illustrations kept popping up in my feeds and I really wanted to see how my Bible could come to life.