Thursday, February 03, 2011

Valentine's Picture Frame Craft

Something I have been thinking a lot about lately is how to put more creative energy into my marriage. I want to continue to fall in love with John and have fun doing it. I recently ran across a blog that is very encouraging on this front called Today's Letters. They have some very practical suggestions about how to continue to pursue one another.

Onto the picture frame. Yesterday I did something food related, so today I wanted to do something crafty. And I decided to take pictures of it and give instructions, because that is what I do with a blog. So here it is - a Valentine's Day Picture Frame.


I made a version of this years ago as a gift for John, and yesterday when I had all of these


sitting on the counter after making Peanut Butter Blossoms, I decided that I should make a Valentine's version. I already had the Valentine themed Hugs, because I am a sucker for holiday themed candy. Especially Peanut M and M's Bunny Mix, but that is another story.

So here is what you need to make this little project, which I completed in about an hour.


Hershey's Hugs and Kisses, some kind of Mod Podge and a picture frame. (also a paint brush and scissors can come in handy but are not strictly necessary) You may not even need to buy a picture frame if you can go somewhere in your house and find this.


A box full of picture frames that have yet to find a home in your new home. Maybe I have too many. Very possibly. That said, I didn't need to go buy one. Next step is to take out the glass from your frame.


Smooth out your candy wrappers by rubbing your fingers across them on the table.


Arrange your wrappers all over your frame to get an idea of how many you will need and where you want them.


Start spreading Mod Podge where you want to start sticking your wrappers. A little at a time is the best way to go, because it dries quickly.


Overlap your wrappers and spread Mod Podge over, under and around them to seal them to the frame and each other.


Once that is done, you get to start adding the little banners that say "Hugs" and "Kisses," which you also cover in Mod Podge.


As it was all drying, I trimmed the excess from the edges so it would look less messy.


And, Ta-Da!, quick, seasonal fun! Side note - this is one of our engagement pictures that was taken by Luke Davis. At the time, he was just a friend of ours from college. Now, he is our brother-in-law. Awesome.


In other, completely unrelated news, Lily rocked pigtails today that she was really excited about.


Happy Love Month!


aimingarrows said...

Carol! Love your blog. You are so creative! Love this frame and the wonderful pic of you and John!

Thanks for sharing,