So with 7 days to go I finished my LAST Christmas gift today… WOOHOO:)!  I am usually so last minute and find myself at Walgreen’s on Christmas Eve picking up at least 2 that I forgot but this year I finally had my act together.  All of the siblings draw names for Christmas and I picked my youngest sister.  Her request this year was framed pics of my kids… easy enough.  But… I wanted to “shanty” it up a bit.  Here is what I did…
I started by getting my supplies.  I found some super shanty 4X6, 5X7, and 8X10 frames at the Dollar Tree.
And… a super cute but much in need of a makeover large frame.
I started by giving all of my pieces a few good coats of our favorite… Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Canyon Black.
While that was drying I started on the next step.  I originally planned on covering the cardboard with burlap but this frame had a plastic piece rather than glass so I just decided to cover it instead.  I sprayed the plastic with spray adhesive.
I then cut the extras off and left a couple inches to work with.
My hot glue gun came to town at this point.  I was done in almost no time!  I started by gluing my extras to the opposite side of the plastic.
When I was done it looked like this…
I then put the covered plastic back into the now black frame and it looked a bit like this…
Awww… Already soooo much better don’t you think:)!
The next step was to arrange and glue all my frames and my applique.  I eyeballed them and placed them where I wanted them and then used the hot glue again to attach each frame to the burlap.
And when I was finished it looked like this…
Almost finished…  My final step was to add my little clippies.  I found these at Walmart at around $1 for 2… woohoo again:)
I used my hot glue again to attach a clip to the center of each frame.
Now for my favorite part… the adding of the kiddos!  I printed out some b&w’s at Walmart and clipped them up.  I LOVE how it turned out! I wanted to give her something that she could easily change out and maybe someday put pics of her own kids… hint, hint Leash;)  I also love the mix of the burlap, metal and fancy black.  It just makes me smile.  Now… I must make myself give it up:)  That is the hardest part!  So guys… What do you think??
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  1. What a great idea,, and something you cant go out and buy in the store is always so much better. She'll love it.

  2. Love this! I would not have thought of the clips! I am always sticking pictures up -poking out of the china cabinet, fridge, other frames-so this way I can change them up! Thanks!

  3. Perfect! Know I know what to do with a gorgeous, but in need of help, frame I just got…thank you for sharing this fabulous idea!