Ornament Frame

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I’m especially thankful for the fact that I got to have two Thanksgiving dinners this year!! 😉 My family is so sweet and moved our normal Thanksgiving dinner up a week so the few of us who were going to be out of town could all still get together with everyone…after all, it’s not the same if all 20 of us aren’t there!! On Thanksgiving day we got to go over to some of our extended family’s home in Chicago for a fantastic dinner there as well! It was great getting to see everyone and celebrate all the blessings we’ve been given! I want to remember to be thankful the other 364 days of the year too!!

I wanted to share this video that a friend emailed me this week. It was one of those videos that makes you smile without you even realizing it. The video is 20 Things We Should Say More Often. It’s so simple, but what a great message! How cool would it be to see what would happen if we said those things more often??

YOU’RE AWESOME!!! AND I WANT TO SHARE A CORNDOG WITH YOU!!! (if you don’t get it, it’s because you didn’t watch the video- watch it!!)

Ornament Frame

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I love the idea of making sure not to skip Thanksgiving by rushing to Christmas. BUT, now it is time for getting ready for Christmas! I saw some cute gold and glittered ornaments at the Dollar Tree and thought that I HAD to come up with something to do with them since I already made an ornament wreath last year. I loved the way this came out, and the best part is, the whole project only cost me $6.

What You Need:

  • 8 x 10 photo frame- You can get this at the dollar store because the actual frame doesn’t have to be thick. Some of the ornaments will be glued around the outer edge of the glass
  • Glue Gun
  • 3 different sized sets of ornaments- I bought packs of 15, 12 and 5 from the Dollar Tree:
    • 2 packs of 15 ornaments of the smallest size; about 1″ wide
    • 1 packs of 12 ornaments of the medium size; about 1.5″ wide
    • 2 packs of 5 ornaments of the largest size; about 2″ wide
  • Book pages or a photo (optional)

Instructables:

Step 1: Start gluing the biggest sized ornaments on first. Space them out randomly around the frame. Keep these all on the actual frame part, as opposed to gluing any to the glass at this point.

A couple things to note:

1. Be sure not to glue ornaments on the bottom edge that hang out of the frame too far if you are going to be standing it up to display.

2. I know it can be tedious, but do take the time to pull off all the glue strings as you go along. It is one of those projects that requires you to go back and forth with the hot glue a lot, so there are tons of little glue tails that get created and will detract from your project if you don’t remove them. And definitely don’t wait til the end to do this. You won’t be able to get in between all the ornaments at the end.

Step 2: Next go through gluing the medium sized ornaments. Some of these can be on the outer area of the glass. They can also be on the rim of the frame so that some of the ornament hangs over the glass.

Step 3: Add the small ornaments. Fill in all the gaps. Glue the ornaments to one another if there isn’t room for them to touch the actual frame or glass.

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Step 4: If you’re adding a photo to your frame, follow this step and then you’re done. If you’re not using a photo, skip this step and move on to step 5. It is likely that the open area in the center of your frame will now be about 5″ x 6″. Use a 5″ x 7″ photo and attach it to a colored (or white) piece of paper that will match your ornaments. Add the paper and photo to the back of the frame and you’re done!

Step 5: If you’re adding a verse or a phrase to the center, measure the open area in the center of your frame. It is likely that the open area in the center of your frame will now be about 5″ x 6″. Measure yours. Create a text box on your computer in Word and set the size of the box to what you measured. Be sure to set the box to transparent and set “no lines.” Print it out on a test page and hold it behind the glass. Make sure it lines up with your open area. If not make adjustments accordingly. And test print again.

To use my template for approximately a 5″ x 6″ open area, download it here: Holy Night.

Step 6: Once you get it aligned correctly, print on your desired paper and add to the back of the frame and you’re done! If you want to print it on book pages, cut a dictionary page to the right size, or, using double sided tape, add book pages to a regular piece of printer pager and feed through printer. Add to back of frame and you’re donzo!!

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