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DIY Christmas Art

DIY Christmas Art

Make easy DIY Christmas Art that is fun, reusable, and amazing!

Happy Sunday everyone!  Hello I Live Here’s Christmas post for today is DIY Christmas Art! Yep, we are recycling some old frames from our basement decorator corner.  We kept the DIY Christmas art simple and classic using an ordinary black and gold frame and removed the old photos to add our own DIY Christmas Art 🙂  Because the frame is so versatile once you are done using it for Christmas, simply change that ribbon and add a couple photos of your children or grandchildren and continue using it year round.

DIY Christmas Art

Here’s how we made our DIY Christmas Art project:

First, we searched our decor area for the perfect long frame.  I wanted a frame that had two smaller pictures and I knew I wanted it to be black and gold.  After I found it I ran straight to my crafts table and got to work 🙂  I cut the paper on the back open, removed the inside cardboard backing by pushing back on the staples, and removed the glass, storing it for later use.

DIY Christmas Art

Then, we took out the two smaller photos, turned them over and used Mod Podge glue to stick down our cut out piece of burlap that has a few sparkles in it.

DIY Christmas Art

We glued two small black clothes pins purchased from Joann’s to the burlap to hold our new art.

DIY Christmas Art

Then, we painted a small wooden Angel and star (both purchased from Michael’s) –in red.

DIY Christmas Art

Once the angel and star dried, we clipped them under the small black clothes pins.

DIY Christmas Art

To finish the look, we used burlap and red and white twine we purchased from Target – The same twin we used in our DIY Joy Stocking Hanger post last night.  Once finished we hung next to our Christmas tree upstairs.

DIY Christmas Art

This was an easy, under $5.00 project for Hello I Live Here.  We had everything left in our craft room to use for this project, including the angel and the star (which I use as package tags when I wrap my gifts).  This simple project took about 30 minutes to create – and the best thing I can use this again after Christmas is over.

DIY Christmas Art

That’s Hello I Live Here’s post for today!  I hope you are enjoying the art projects.  Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

 

Linda

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Hello everyone!  Tonight’s post is going to be about painted Christmas ornaments.  It was a freezing day here in Missouri, so I decided to nest inside and craft my heart out today.  This painted Christmas ornaments I am about to show you tonight was a gift one year from my daughters while in grade school.  Every year I decorate our family tree (all Christmas ornaments are handmade and given to us from family members), and when I see this little painted Christmas Ornaments beauty – I just could not help but make these as special gifts for my wonderful sisters and parents.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

This is a speedy process.  You will need to drop by Joann’s and pick up some paint in your favorite colors (I choose to use 3-4 colors in mine), clear plastic or glass ornaments, Mod Podge Glue, ribbon, tags, and hooks.  Now let’s get started on this fun and easy project.

First, I set out all the items I picked up at Joann’s.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Then, I cut the price tags from the to be painted Christmas ornaments, and opened the top by removing the hanger.  Then I take my four colors of paint one at at time adding them into the inside center of the ornament.  You can drip the paint into the ornament any way you want.  Then I added an equal amount of Mod Podge glue, just like I did with the paint colors. The Mod Podge helps the paint adhere.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

After squeezing in the paint and glue (reminds me of that little Disney song… pass me the paint and glue, we’ve got work to do 🙂 I rotated the painted Christmas ornaments around on their sides, going back and forth till all the paint fills the painted Christmas ornament creating the dripping pattern.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Once the paint fills the painted Christmas ornaments I turn them upside down and let the remaining paint drip out.  I use an old dish or cutting board for crafts to catch the paint.  Let the paint drip out until it’s dry – a couple hours tops.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Once dry, I placed the hanger back inside.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Last, I add ribbon, and a personalized tag to the person receiving it.  You can also add garlands to dress them up.  BAM!  You just made some painted Christmas ornaments.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

It’s always nice to receive something for your tree in the colors you love, so I make my painted Christmas ornaments special to the person receiving the gift.  Some of my sisters are traditional Christmas colors where others, love that touch of purple, blue or orange/silver.  Don’t be afraid to experiment on these gifts, that’s what makes these painted Christmas ornaments special.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

Well, that’s Hello I Live Here’s post for today!  Thank you all for stopping by to see our newest gift idea of the Painted Christmas Ornaments.  Till tomorrow!

Linda

A New Way to Use Your Old Art!

A New Way to Use Your Old Art

Hello everyone – Today our post is all about old art.  We are going to show you how to take these old piece of unloved art from your unused collections, and turn it into something you want to hang in your home.

Our old art piece was 26 w x 30 L”.  It was the old movie posters we used in our viewing room in our old home, but did not want for this set up.  We always wanted large photos of the girls when they were little playing on the beach.  We took two of our favorite photos and blew them up to 18 x 24.  Our local Kinko’s does a great job!  This gave us room to mount and trim the excess off the picture.

A new way to use your old art

First, we laid the old art flat, and Mod Podge glued the burlap from Jo-ann Fabric to the bottom of the old picture.  Then we added the Mod Podge glue to the center frame and mounted the photo.  We trimmed the excess away from the photo leaving the picture right where we wanted it.  Next, we cut 1×3’s to the length of the art piece on the outside of the frame.  (Depending on your art piece, you will need to measure your lengths and cut your wood to the size of your re-done piece).  After cutting each piece, we stained them and let them dry – once dry, we stood the 1×3’s on their sides, and we glued the wood 1×3’s to the outside of the frame and nailed with small nails.

A new way to use your old art

Then we added the inside trim we cut from our 1×2 wood to give the piece a finished look.  To finish off the inside of the photo we cut L-Shaped picture molding and mounted around the picture after the stain dried.

A new way to use your old art

We added picture hangers to the back and mounted on the family room wall.  The total cost, a whopping $28.00 for both pieces of art from trash to our new treasure!  Proves, don’t let it go until your done with it.  You too can find a new way to use your old art.

A new way to use your old art  A new way to use your old art

Happy Thursday – and thanks for stopping by!

-LC