21 October 2013

Bring a little Christmas joy into your home

This craft was inspired by the beautiful range of Christmas wrapping papers appearing in the shops, some wooden letters and a desire to create something new to add to our Christmas décor this year.

It took all of about 20 minutes to make too - so quick and easy, and very cheap if you use materials you already have.

You will need:
1 picture frame
Wooden letters to spell out your word (I spelled out JOY, they were the letters I had in the craft cupboard)
Wrapping paper - choose your colour and theme, I used a beautiful black and silver Christmas paper
Spray craft paint to complement your wrapping paper
Clear glue
Hot glue gun or strong wood glue

Step 1. Take your picture frame apart. Spray the frame with the craft paint (I used silver).  Spray your letters, front and back. Set the frame and the letters aside to dry.

Step 2. Put the glass from the frame on top of the backing board. Measure and then cut wrapping paper to fit. Wrap the glass and the backing board together in the paper.

Step 3.
When the paint on the lettering has dried, spread each letter with a thin layer of clear glue. Put the letters on a large sheet of paper (this will catch the excess glitter). Carefully spread the glitter over each letter, gently tapping the excess glitter off each one onto the sheet of paper. Put them aside to dry. Use the paper to funnel the excess glitter back into the glitter jar - you'll be amazed at how much you'll be able to save.

Step 4. When the frame has dried re-assemble it.

Step 5.
Centre the letters in the frame until you are happy with the arrangement. Using your hot glue gun stick each letter in place.

That's it, all done!

I used materials I already had, so this decoration cost nothing and looks spectacular. It will be a lovely  addition to our Christmas décor and I have just the spot for it on the lamp table.

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