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Cheap but Chic Christmas Gift!

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Hey Guys!!
So my project is a great gift for neighbors, teachers, friends or family!  Here is the finished product…
It’s a super simple photo, recipe or memo display!
Here is how to make it!
All of these supplies can be found at craft stores and hardware stores.
You will start with some wood ovals and a bag of small candlesticks.  I got mine from Hobby Lobby.  The wood ovals were $.50 a piece and the candlesticks were $2.99 for the bag.
I used e6000 to attach a candlestick to one of my ovals.
For my big piece I used a 2x8x8 from Lowe’s.  Home Depot will cut it down for you if you don’t want to purchase the whole piece.  I cut my wood in 11″ pieces to use for these.  If you don’t have a saw just have Home Depot cut it for you when you buy it… Easy!
I bought these cute scrollies (professional term) from Hobby Lobby to add a little detail.  They were $1.99 for a package of 2.
I used my glue to attach it to the bottom of the wood.  I made two displays going different directions so I could show you both.
I added some e6000 to the now dry candlestick and attached the large wood piece to it.
Drying…
I found these great finials at Lowe’s.  I love them and use them on LOTS.  They are $1.86 for 2.
I drilled a small hole in the top of the wood.  You don’t have to drill a hole but it does make this part much faster!
And added my finial.
I found these clips at Walmart.  They are $1.88 for a pack of 4.
I added some Gorilla Glue Epoxy to one of the clips….
And stuck it to my display.
Here they are ready for some spray paint.
I sprayed both displays with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch.  I used Heirloom White on one and Canyon Black on the other. After they were dry I used my sanding block to shanty the edges up a bit!  Here is how they turned out!
Hope you like them!  They are fun, easy and best of all CHEAP!
If you want to make these for just $5 a piece you need to make 4 of them.  Because the supplies come in bags and groups that is the best way to get more bang for your buck!  I will be giving mine to my kids teachers this year.  My mom is my neighbor so she may just get one too!
Thanks Miss Kari for having us!
U Create
This will be the first of 3 photo display ideas I will be showing you guys this week!  Just in time for Christmas…
~Whitney

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  1. my {family} is 4ever on December 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

    OMGosh! Those are so cute! Wish we had a Hobby Lobby close – even in the same state would be nice! I'm going to try to craft-lift this idea for my "friends & neighbor" gift…hope I can find all the stuff…thanks so much for sharing!
    terina @ goddessofmycottage

  2. Mage on December 2, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Thats so easy! A clever way of showing creativity with in the margin of budget. I would love to try that one! Love your blog!

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  3. MindeeG on December 2, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I too would like to know what area of Lowe's you found those finials. I couldn't find them!

  4. Kara on December 2, 2010 at 5:11 am

    genius!! so pretty!!

  5. The Autocrat: Haley on December 2, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I love this idea!! I bought a ruffler foot!! It is AMAZING!! I have post coming up about it.

  6. Denissa on December 2, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Love it!! What a great gift idea!:)

  7. Shirley on December 2, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Those look great! I love em! I wish I was your neighbor. 🙂

  8. Shanty 2 Chic on December 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Tami… I did that last year:-) Here is my version…
    http://shanty2chic.blogspot.com/2009/11/whitneys-magnetic-recipe-holder.html

  9. Tami on December 2, 2010 at 3:11 am

    I have made something similiar to these. I used Metal Sheeting from a local hardware store. This is a magnetic sheet so you can use magnets to hold your recipes, pictures or notes. Just use upholstery tacks to secure.

  10. Janet on December 2, 2010 at 3:09 am

    This is such a nice gift idea, thank you!

  11. Krista on December 2, 2010 at 2:12 am

    REALLY love this! I need a hobby lobby near me 🙂

  12. Tanya on December 2, 2010 at 2:11 am

    These are so cute and probably don't take up a bunch of space like most frames…super cute. I may just have to make a few! Thanks for the inspiration =)

  13. - Brittany on December 2, 2010 at 2:07 am

    I love this gift idea! So unique an sooo adorable. Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

  14. Lee Laurie on December 2, 2010 at 1:53 am

    These are so cute! Great idea for all those teachers. I might make some for them and the babysitter too. She would love it painted light pink.
    Thanks for the idea!

  15. InMyOwnStyle on December 2, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Hi Whitney-

    This project is so clever and classic looking – you guys always come up with great stuff using unpainted craft wood pieces.
    My best- Diane

  16. Anonymous on December 2, 2010 at 1:52 am

    These are absolutely adorable!!! Can't wait to get busy on making these for gifts!!

  17. mapleandmagnolia on December 2, 2010 at 1:48 am

    These are fantastic! Love them. I'm going to make some and link back to you. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Boomer, Sabrina and Grant on December 2, 2010 at 1:38 am

    CUTE! I will totally try that!! By the way…I have looked for the finials at Lowe's at couldn't find them. Where exactly did you look in the store?

  19. Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya on December 2, 2010 at 1:29 am

    once again, you guys make something so amazing like this!
    This is beautiful!!

  20. Crafty Batches on December 2, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Very cute and clever, it's a double whammy!

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