Category: home decor

Painted Days: “A Starry Night in the Forest”

Good morning everyone! I hope you enjoy your day with positive vibes!

I am going to begin sharing my paintings with you from now on!

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I think there should be a slight background on myself.

Today is a learning moment about me. Those of you who are new to my blog may not have read my about me, or even know much about my college career.

I have never discussed this but I actually started off college as a duel degree in fine arts and art education (fine arts is a BA and art education is a BS). I wanted to be an art teacher. I truly enjoy teaching and training, but at the time when I started college I was too immature to take my education classes seriously. After two years of constant art studio classes I became burned out, and I also knew I would never make it in my education classes. I decided to change my major to geography. I never regret the choices I make in life, I believe that everything happens for a reason. I loved every minute of the time I spent as a geography major, but I do wish I would have just powered through the stress and toughed it out.

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It was hard. Here I was, taking a hobby that I used to de-stress and make into a career. I became stressed because I had deadlines to meet. It became unenjoyable. I lost my creativity.

Flash forward to 2015.

It took me almost two years to gain back my inspiration after being sucked dry of my creativity. I loved being an art major, my homework was paintings and my exams were critiques. I saved money on text books because I already owned the supplies for my classes, but the classes were very demanding.

I love that I now can buy a canvas and just paint what ever is on my mind. It took a while to get back here, and I’m glad I’m back! I am back into regularly painting! I excited to share my paintings with you! Like some that you see? You can always find the ones I share and more on my Etsy Shop!

Today, I present to you “A Starry Night in the Forest.”

Enjoy!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

 

 

D.I.Y Acorn Banner Kit!

Good Morning everyone! Happy Sunday Funday!

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I’m excited to announce my first “product”! I made this paper acorn banner a few weeks ago and thought it would be a great idea to share the same with you!

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Do It Yourself Paper Acorn Banner Kits are here!

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This do it yourself paper acorn banner kit includes the following:
(8) Tree Printed Acorn Bottom
(8) Polka Dot Acorn Tops
(8) Tree Printed Acorn Stems
(1) 53″ Piece Brown Yarn

This kit DOES NOT include adhesive or plastic sewing needles.

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Each paper piece is hand cut on textured paper, making each acorn one of a kind! Four different color choices for you to mix and match!

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This kit is hand packaged in Akron, Ohio. Easy to follow instructions included.

Check out my Etsy listing here. On sale for $10.00 + shipping!

Don’t forget about first time buyer discounts of 15% off! Coupon code: NEWBIE!

There are only two available, so hurry before they are gone!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: DIY Ombre Paper Chandelier

Try making this easy Ombre Chandelier from your stash!


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I found all of this paper in my scrapbooking stash that matches my living room PERFECTLY! I kept trying to figure out how to use it until one day, you guessed, Pinterest! I saw this awesome paper chandelier!

Here is what you will need:
Five different colors of paper (monochromatic ranging from light to dark to get that ombre effect)
8″ Embroidery hoop (just the inside hoop, the one without the clasp)
1″ Circle hole punch
Light weight white yarn (I used from my stash)
Needle
Hot glue gun and scissors

Project time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: moderately east

Project budget: 15 dollars

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Lay out your paper to make sure it gives you the desired ombre effect you want. My famous line: have fun! If you don’t want to do ombre, don’t! Choose a color scheme that you like and go with it.

(Not shown) Wrap your embroidery hoop with your yarn, hot gluing the ends. This is the longest step of the project. Set a side when finished.

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Using your circle punch, make as many circles as you can with your different colored paper. If you are on a budget or don’t to waste paper – let’s do a little math:
6 colors and I used 2 circles per color. 13 stands. 13 * 2 = 26. There you go. 26 circles per color.

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Cut a 12″ piece of yarn, thread it on your needle and tie a knot at the end. “Sew” on each circle punch in your ombre pattern, starting darkest and working to lighted. Leave a space in between the circle, you will adjust this later. Repeat this for each of your 13 strands.

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Once all of your stands have been sewn, adjust the width in between each strand. I put the center of the circle and the edge of the previous one.

Grab your yarn-wrapped embroidery hoop and evenly space your strands around the hoop, hot gluing each strand to the inside of the hoop.

Tie on three support strings to be able to hang your finished product. I joined them all together and made a hoop knot.
Trim off the excess yarn from the strands at the hoop and at the bottom of each strand.

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I hung mine over my lamp in my living room! It adds a pop of color to a dull corner and looks beautiful at night!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Homemade Embroidery Photo Art

Add a bit of personal touch to your favorite photo!

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I love adding personal touches to my favorite photos! I was going through my Pinterst boards, looking for some inspiration, when I found this one about a GREAT artist who embroiders beautiful pieces of art!
I thought I would tailor that idea into my own and add a personal touch to my own photographs

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Here is what you will need:
A digital file of your favorite photograph
Printable PhotoFabric
Embroidery Hoop (I used a 5″ diameter)
Two colors of Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Needle (any regular sewing needle will work too!)
Hot glue gun and scissor
Fabric pen (optional)

Project Time: 1 hour at most
Project difficulty: Moderately Easy

Project Budget: around 15 dollars (if starting from scratch on supplies)

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First, print your image onto your photo paper.
WARNING (I totally made this mistake): I would test print your image first on plain computer paper to make sure it is the size you want. I made the mistake of being too cocky and printing on the photo paper first (Rookie..). Considering how expensive this paper is for only 6 sheets…you don’t want to make that costly mistake!
Center the favorite part of your fabric printed photo in the embroidery hoop.

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Here comes the fun part!
You can use your fabric marker to draw your pattern, or just freestyle! Either way just have fun! I ended up outlining my glasses and making a heart on JayJay’s nose. (It looks a little weird…his nose…but he’s a weird fellow.)

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Once you’ve finished your detailing, use hot glue to adhere the fabric to the back of the hoop. Trim your edges.

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Now, give that wonderful gift or hang on your wall and enjoy! As always…have fun with it!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer (+ JayJay!)

Under 10: Glitter Galaxy in a Jar!

Make your own galaxy in a jar!


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Pinterest find!

A few weeks ago I found this easy DIY video to make a glittery galaxy in a jar. I must admit….I was a skeptic at first. Nevertheless, I was determined to try it! I was SO surprised how easy and fun it was.

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Here is what you will need:
Jar (I bought one, but you can also use a old pizza sauce jar!)
Four different colors of paint
Cotton Balls Glitter
Four cups (ones you DEFINITELY won’t drink out of later)
Stir sticks
Water

Project time: 30 minutes TOPS
Project difficulty: super easy

(Not shown) Fill your cups with water, you don’t need too much. Add paint to them, a few drops or so, then stir the paint into the water.

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Next, stuff cotton balls at the bottom of your jar, breaking them apart while you are placing them in jar.

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Add glitter to the top of the cotton. Then, a little at a time, pour your first color of paint and water mixture over top the cotton. The goal is to have the cotton soak up the water, not leaving much behind.

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After the cotton has soaked up the paint water, add another layer of cotton on top, again, breaking them apart as you go. Don’t be shy about the cotton either, pack as much as you can. I used stir sticks to pack it down, too.

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Add more glitter, and repeat pouring paint water with your next color.

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Repeat layering cotton, glitter, paint water with the remainder of your colors. You can make the layers as think or as thin as you want! There is a great video associated with the pin which can be found here!

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Once you’ve finished, screw on tour lid and show off!

I really was astonished how easy it was! I think these would make great gifts too! And they are very inexpensive to make.

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash! Scrap Fabric Mail Organizer!

Use scrap fabric to make a mail organizer!

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I have SO MUCH scrap fabric in my stash! A few weeks ago, I used an old picture frame to make my own canvas. This idea is some-what the same concept, but I’ll show you how to use small scraps of fabric!

Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame or painting canvas of any size (I used one that I painted on one to many times but I never really liked!)
Fabric scraps
Medium weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
(scissors will work if you don’t have these!)
Staple Gun
Sewing
Machine Iron and ironing board

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult

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First, cut your fabric scraps to roughly the same size. You don’t need to make these precise, we will trim them down later! You can used as many colors as you want, I chose three (plus one to cover the base with.) I used interfacing to add some support to each “pocket” (scraps of fabric). This is optional. If you are using the interfacing, cut these to the same time as your scraps as well!

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Next, using you iron, fuse the interfacing your scraps (if you are using the interfacing.) After fusing the interfacing, use your straight edge and rotary cutter, trim you all three of your scraps to 5″ wide, don’t worry about the length because you’ll trim this down later.

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Fold one side to make a 1/2″ seam and pin in place. Repeat this with each one of your “pockets” (scraps of fabric.)

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Sew the seams in place using a zig-zag stitch. Repeat on the other “pockets” (scraps of fabric). Set aside once complete.

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Cover your canvas or picture frame with your base fabric using your staple gun. I wrote a great tutorial here!

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Take each of your strips and layer evenly down your base, securing them in place with your staple gun. Start from the top and work your way down. Take one pocket and secure in place on the back of your canvas. Wrap the strip around the front and to the back of the opposite side. Hold the strip tightly and staple in place.

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Staple along the bottom of the strip to the wood base along the front of the canvas to create your pocket. Repeat this with the two remaining strips (or however many pockets you are making.)

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Use the same technique to wrap your corners of your bottom pocket that you use to wrap the corners of your base.

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Trim the excess fabric from the back and you’re all done!

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Hang on your wall and sort your mail! Obviously, this picture is a lot prettier than what my actual mail looks like!

What fun crafts have you made to help organize your mail?

Have fun!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Easy Crochet Pendant Banner! (+ GIVEAWAY!!) [closed]

Let’s have fun with your yarn scraps!

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Happy Hump Day All!! Long time no post…I know!

Things got a little hectic in my work life and I lost a little of my work/life balance. I’m slowly working on personal goals for myself, one of which is being more present will all of you!

Alas! What do we have today?! A fun crochet project!

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I have SO MUCH yarn in my stock pile all the time.

Sometimes I buy a specific color for a project then NEVER use it again. I don’t know if you remember but I am very “use your stash” focused.

Well, a few months ago, I made this fun project which centers on using up those old scraps of yarn that you don’t know what else to use it for! I thought it would be fun to make a colorful crochet banner!

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Here is what you will need:
4-5 different color yarns
Crochet Hook (my favorite is a size J, I recommend using a I or J)
Plastic finishing needle

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately Easy (basic crochet skills required!)

Pattern Dictionary:
HDC – half double
2HDC – two half double crochet in one stitch
SLP ST – slip stitch

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First, we are going to make the pendants. I made 10 but you can make as little or as many as you want.

Start off – chain 2

Row 1 – In the second stitch, 2HDC, chain 1 and turn. (2)

Row 2 – 2HDC both of the stitches, chain 1 and turn. (4)

Row 3 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next two stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 4 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 5 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (6)

Row 6 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next four stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (8)

Row 7 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (8)

Row 8 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next eight stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (10)

Row 9 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (10)

Row 10 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (10)

Row 11 – In the first stich, 2HDC. HDC in the next ten stitches, 2HDC in the last stitch, chain 2 and turn. (12)

Row 12 – HDC in each of the stiches, chain 1 and turn. (12) Finish off.

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As previously stated, I made 10 of these. Please feel free to get creative! Change colors half way, a quarter of the way, not at all the way through! Mix and match!

Just have fun!! Don’t forget to sew in your ends!

Now we are going to string it all together.

Start off – Chain 20

Take your first pendant and continue along your chain – SLP ST on the top of each stitch (12 total) Keep going after you SLP STs and chain 10.

Take your next pendant and continue along your chain – SLP ST on the top of each stitch (12 total) Keep going after you SLP STs and chain 10.

Repeat this pattern until you have used all of your pendants.

Once you reach the end of your last pendant, chain 21 and turn.

For the next row, skip the first stitch and HDC in each of the stitches along your banner. Depending on how many pendants you made changes the number of stiches you make.
For my pattern of 10 pendants, you will have 250 stitches. Chain 1 and turn.

HDC along all of your stitches again. Finish off.

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Enjoy! I made one that complimented my macramé wall décor I made a few months ago.

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I also had fun and made a pizza one. Speaking off – this brings me to my special announcement:

Drum roll please!!!

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GIVEAWAY!!! I’m excited to announce that I will now be doing a monthly give away! It’s super easy to enter.

Leave a comment with your best contact email on this post and be instantly entered to win! The drawing will be done at the end of each month.

The winner will be contacted at the end of the month via email.

What am I giving away this month? Enter to win my crochet pizza banner! (Don’t worry, I’m not going to send you spam email, I promise!!)

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 I’d love to see your creations! I know I have more banner ideas I cannot wait to share! Be sure to enter to win!! 
Happy Crafting and talk soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Pizza Pillow!

Sew your own pizza pillow!

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You may have noticed, I love pizza! Who doesn’t?! I was rooting through my fabric the other day and thought of a fun way to use the scraps. Why not make a pizza pillow?! It was super easy and requires very minimal sewing skills. Trust me, I am a self taught sewer and if I can do it…you can do it!

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Here is what you will need:
Half a yard of cream/yellow fleece fabric
Eighth a yard of white fleece fabric
Eighth a yard of red fleece fabric
Eighth a yard of brown fleece fabric
Scissors (or a cutting mat and rotary cutter)
Fabric pen
Sewing machine (is that a given?)
Iron and ironing board
Needle and thread (brown for finishing)
Polyester microfill

Project time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: moderate (minimal sewing skills required)

Pre-wash all your fabric before starting – this will eliminate shrinking when you wash your completed project.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (7)Fold your fabric in half. Using your fabric pen, draw your pizza slice on your creamy-yellow fabric to the size of your desire. Cut the folded fabric along your drawn on pattern, you should have two pieces when you are done.

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Fold your white fabric in half, and place your “cheese” on it as your guide. Trace the edge of your cheese. Finish drawing your “dough” the rest of the pattern on the white using your cheese as your guide. Cut out (again you should have two when you are done).

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Repeat the last step with the “dough” (white) on your “crust” (brown).

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (6)With right sides together, pin your crust to your dough and sew together. Take your crust and dough and do the same to the cheese. If there is extra at the end just trim it off. Iron the seams flat. Here is a good tutorial on pressing your seams.

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Next, draw a circle on your red fabric for your pepperoni. Cut out. Use this as your pattern for the rest of your pepperoni. Cut out roughly 10-15.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (9)Arrange your pepperoni on your pizza slice and pin in place.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (10)Sew on top of your pepperoni to secure them to your pizza slice. I use a 1/4 inch seam. This will be the most difficult part. Sewing in a tiny circle is tedious and awkward. Just take your time. One you’ve done your tenth pepperoni…you’ll be a pro! Trim off the excess pepperoni. I only did one side of pepperoni. You can do both if you want!

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (11)With right sides together, sew your two slices together. Leave roughly 4 inches open at the top of your slice for turning and stuffing.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (12)Turn your slice, right side out and stuff with your polyester microfill. Using the invisible stitch, close your opening once your pillow is stuffed to your liking!

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (5)ENJOY! You don’t have to do pepperoni! You can make what every shapes for your favorite toppings to decorate! JayJay also loves this pillow! The possibilities are endless!

I hope you have fun making your own pizza pillow!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Silhouette Wall Decor!

My dog is my best friend.

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My boyfriend makes fun of me because I take a zillion photos of my dog. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know, my life is crafts and my dog. One day, during our many photo shoots, I had a wonderful idea to make silhouette paintings of each of us!

Here is what you will need:
Wooden Oval Plaque
Profile photos of yourself
Tracing paper
Pencils
Various colors of paint
Paint brushes
Painter’s tape

Project Time: 1-2 hours
Project Difficulty: Easy

Note: The first thing I did was paint my plaques the background color and let dry. They took a couple coats before they were a solid color. After they were finished, I set them aside and worked on the other stuff.

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This beginning step is optional. I used Photoshop to make it easier to trace the profile of my photos. This isn’t necessary but it does make your life a lot easier. First adjust the contrast of the photo, then use the “posterize” filter to make your pictures simpler. Again, you don’t have to do this but it made it easy for me to trace the outline of our profiles!

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Trace the profile of the photo onto your tracing paper. To make it easier to see, draw over what you traced with a black marker.

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Flip your tracing paper over and shade “over” your outline. Remember using this old school method? I used to use this all the time in grade school.

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Place the shaded side down (marker side up) onto your oval plaque. Tape in place and trace over your outline.

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Now paint! Paint in your outline. If you want to keep it traditional, then just paint solid black. I wanted to add some “signatures.” I accented my glasses and JayJay’s nose with white.

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Display on either your wall or with stands! I added ribbon with hot glue to hang on my wall!

What crafts do you do to commemorate your best bud?! I would love to see!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Recycled! Use an old picture frame to make a pretty canvas!

Why not use that old frame and make a beautiful statement piece!?

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Hey everyone! How has your week been?! I had a stroke inspiration last week when I saw this old picture frame laying around in my closet. I picked up this old frame from a craft store in Columbus called Wholly Crafts. I LOVE this store and wish it was closer to me. They have this “craft corner” where you can donate and trade old supplies. GENIUS!

Anyway…

I was currently using this old frame for my weaving projects…which didn’t exist. When I was making my mom’s Mother’s Day gift, I had a great idea to do a similar project with this frame.

Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame of any size (you may be able to find one at the thrift store!)
Printed Fabric roughly the size of you frame
Fabric Paint
Staple Gun

Project Time: 2-3 hours (plus the paint drying time, roughly 24 hours)
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult

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Cut out you fabric a little larger than the size of your frame.

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Okay, this is the hardest part. Working on one size, staple the fabric along the back side of your frame. Move to the opposite side, pull the fabric as tight as you can and staple in place. Chose a third size, and again, stretching as tight as you can, staple in place. Finally, work on the remaining opposite side in a similar fashion. I also have a step by step with photos here. It was when I reupholstered a chair, but same concept!

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Now you have a pretty canvas to create on!

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With your fabric paint, make what ever image you with to display! I painted bold lettering to contrast the floral pattern. Let dry for 24 hours!

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Hang on your wall and display! Mine fit perfectly in a space right when you walk into my apartment. I can’t wait to go thrifting and get more frames! I thought this was a great way to also use the fabric laying around in my stash!

Talk soon,
Jennifer