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Stenciling Picture Frames

Another great project that I enjoy is taking a blank wooden picture frame and turning it into something a bit cooler.  I was able to snag a really great deal on a pair of  8 x 10 and the perfect reusable stencil set at one of my favorite stores to shop at, Marden’s.  If you are ever in Maine this is the place to stop for great bargains of all kinds.  Their tag line is, “When you saw it, you should have bought it, at Marden’s.” Meaning if you see it and don’t buy it, it’s going to be gone.  After I completed the pair of these frames I returned looking for more and sure enough they were gone.  I was however able to find another set of stencils.  I hadn’t really done a lot of stenciling before so this was a beginner level project for me.  When you’re new to this type of craft it is best to use a self sticking stencil so that it doesn’t move on you as easily.

The first thing I did was use blue painters take and tape the corners all around the frame to be sure not to let any paint bleed onto the glass.  I then used a white acrylic paint to cover the frame’s natural wood.  This was a personal choice.  You can also stencil directly onto the wood in your choice of color.  You can either use several coats of white or a simple light whitewash effect.  I opted for multiple layers to make my stenciled color of metallic sapphire pop.  The brand and color of the paint it entirely up to you.  I happened to use this brand because I liked the color choices and it happened to be on sale at my local craft store that week.

After I let the base coat throughly dry I placed my stencil onto the area of the frame that I wanted to decorate.  I then dipped my stenciling brush into the paint and tapped up and down into the area where the stencil shape was.  I did this several times making sure to fill in the whole area.  When I was finished I lifted the stencil straight up and moved on to the next side.  I repeated this step on all sides of my picture frame.  Below you will see the finished product.

My major purpose for this craft is to make a collage of childhood pictures of my fiance and I into each one to have on our gift/guest book table at the wedding. This is also a great project to do with children.  Instead of using paint and stencils you can use stamps, stickers, foam shapes, beads, or anything that you have lying around.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post.  Stay tuned for more ideas from The DIY Playground.

Favor Boxes

Another great DIY idea is to make your own favor boxes.  It’s always great to have a little something to give your quests as a thank you for attending the event.  I went to my local Dollar Tree and purchased packages of white favor boxes that were blank and easy for me to decorate.  Since my wedding theme is the ocean we then purchased a set of seashell stamps from A.C. Moore along with an inking pad.

I stamped each side with a different seashell and allowed each side to dry before stamping the other.  When it was fully dry they easily pop up and fold together as you will see below.  As a finishing touch I will be adding a blue ribbon with a hand stamped tag that will most likely say, “Thank you for sharing our special day” or a simple “Thank you.”

You can fill these boxes with anything relating to the theme of your event.  As I’ll be using these as the table favors at my reception they will include seashell shaped chocolates, bubbles, and a sand dollar with the traditional sand dollar poem attached.

As you can see this is a simple way to add that extra touch to your next wedding, shower, or party.  You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make something look as though you did.

This has been another idea from the DIY Playground.  Stay tuned for much more in the days to come.

Save The Date Cards

One of the newest trends in the wedding planning world is using a postcard for your save the date card.  Now this can also be used as an invitation for a birthday party, bridal shower, or any other type of event.  There are several sites out there where you can purchase the postcards already done up for you, meaning all you need to do is stamp and send.  I personally enjoy doing them myself.  Not only does it give you total control of the design but it also gives a little love into each and every card.

My fiance and I visited an odd lot store and purchased enough post cards to send one to each person on our guest list.  We tried to choose images that were meaningful to us or scenes of places we had visited.  Living in Maine we were also able to stick with our ocean theme due to the grand selection of “tourist” post cards.  This is also a chance for you to choose cards for those who don’t live in your state or immediate area.  As you’ll see in the pictures some of our cards displayed, “Greetings From Maine” on them.

We were also able to find some great printable labels made by Wilton that allowed us to personalize the card with all of the information needed.  You can purchase any type of designer label at your local paper or crafting store.  Sadly the labels that I used are no longer available for online purchase.

This method also allows you to save a significant amount on your postal budget.  It is an interesting experience to walk into the post office and ask for 150 post card stamps.  You get a very interesting look from the post master and a very limited selection.  We were lucky enough to get polar bear stamps that added a sense of finesse to the card.

As the finishing touch we made personalized return addressed labels to save time on hand addressing.  I used a piece of clip art in the shape of bubbles and hearts as there will be bubbles at our reception.  Any type of clip art will do just fine.

Another variation on this idea is to use old greeting cards that you have lying around the house.  We all run into the same dilemma with what to do with old cards.  When I ran out of postcards I then used old greeting or note cards.  I used my paper cutter and sliced it in half, saving the blank side for scrap paper, and used the image as for post card.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.  I’ll be posting more DIY ideas as they come along.

The picture on the left is a display of the front of the cards and shows variety in styles of cards that you can use.  The picture on the right shows the inside of the card including the personalized label and method.