I’m picky about what I’ll display in my home or clients homes. I do like rooms to feel personal and decided my mantle needed our last name initial. This DIY was pretty simple and recommend you making your own.
Supplies you need: Burlap, paint, pencil, font type, glue, and frame
The process: Find the frame you’ll be using first. Make sure it fits well on your mantel and I recommend using a glassless frame. If you use a frame with glass then glue your fabric on the glass.
Measure the area inside of the frame. Cut your fabric to size. No worries if you’re off a bit, as I was then just grabbed some trim I had and glued that layer on to cover my mistakes. You can use any kind of plain fabric. I like added texture, so went for burlap.
Find the font you want to use. There are so many fonts out there. Check out tootledoo designs, as they are amazing! You can write anything you want, a full monogram, entire last name, or just an initial. You may want to enlarge one of the fonts and copy it, make a stencil and trace on your fabric, or freehand it using pencil.
Once you’ve drawn your letter, go ahead and use a smaller brush to apply paint (any kind works) on the outline of the letter. Then fill in the entire letter with paint.
After the paint drys decide if your letter needs anything else. You may want to outline the letter in another color, or glitter…think about what makes sense with your style. Go ahead and use clear glue on the surface of your frame. Affix your fabric and let dry. Add any additional trim on the inside of your frame.
Gift giving is one of my most favorite things Ever! I just love doing it, always have and I love getting gifts, well….when they are thoughtful. If you’re going to Give, then make it good. Just giving a gift is not good enough, make the gift count. It doesn’t have to be expensive if the gift is special. Here is one of the gifts I gave this year.
Start with this. . . .
To make this . . . .
I start with thinking about the person I’m giving this gift to…what is their style? Funky, country, earthy, rock n roll, etc. Keeping in mind your friends’ style and home decor while you shop for your frame. Also, the photo must be fabulous. . .a photo that makes you smile because of what is happening, the place and the people. Determine if the photo fits the frame well. Don’t put a sleek looking black and white photo in a pine frame. Do what makes sense.
Supplies you’ll need: glitter glue, super glue, letter or words, accents and tons of rhinestones.
The process: make sure you have some time on your hands, and don’t forget to start this project early to account for drying time. I layout the larger items along the frame first. The lettering may need spray painting, but if you buy pre-painted letters then you’re all set. Super glue works the best to glue the rhinestones on and I alternate colors and sizes. Once those are all down and dried, go back and fill in the left over spaces with glitter glue. You may want to add smaller rhinestones in these smaller areas as well. On a scale of DIY projects this one is pretty simple, yet so chic and awesome!
Made the birthday girl H*A*P*P*Y ! ! ! ! !
Giving a thoughtful gift actually in turn gives back to the gift giver. It’s very rewarding for someone to enjoy a DIY gift that you created yourself. It can be as simple as a poem that you wrote and added in an embellished frame! Or a hand drawn picture or you’re own art. I love quotes, so why not frame an amazing quote in a beautiful complimentary embellished frame! Go For It! Think, Plan and Do! Happy DIY-ing!
When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade. When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art. There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.
Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry
Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs
Linen Napkins by Pillow Link
Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery
Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere
Etsy is such a mecca of talented artisans who construct quality handcrafted goods. I of course am drawn to the home items! Here are some of the top goods any one would be proud to display in their home.