Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Idea Sharin' Wednesday and My Cheap Spring Mantel Art

I've been working on my spring mantel.  I've still got a ways to go and I won't be revealing the finished product until the Spring Mantel Party, but I want to share what I was working on today.

Here's where I started:

3 Dollar Store Frames

Here's what I did:

I painted the brown and black ones white.  Spray paint would be easiest, but acrylic paint is so much cheaper, so that's what I used.  It took 3 coats to bring them up to par but they turned out good! 

The frame on the left is yet to be used.  I'm working on a spring printable for it which I will of course share with all of you as soon as it's ready.

For the black frame, once I painted it white and let it dry, I cut out a piece of this cute scrapbook paper I bought at Micheal's today.

As you can see I added the "Love Birds" using mod podge.  I tried using just the paper, but it needed a little extra something.  So I used my Cricut and my beloved Sure Cuts A Lot {If you haven't heard of it, look it up!  It allows you to use all the fonts and shapes you have on your computer on your Cricut.  No more cartridges!}  I used some other scrapbooking paper, grilled cheese font in size 0.8 inches and cut out my letters.

Here's the finished product.  It cost me $2.20 for the frame, a piece of scrapbooking paper, and some acrylic paint.  I think it will look great on my mantel!

And now for the square white frame:

I used some scrap fabric to make a rolled fabric flower.  I used this tutorial.  The only things I did differently were using hot glue instead of fabric glue and I skipped the last step of backing it and just glued it right onto my frame.  This was my first time making a rolled fabric flower.  I LOVE it!

And the picture was simple.  Once again, I just cut out a cute part of a piece of scrapbooking paper.  Since this frame is much smaller and the little birdie takes up most of it, it didn't need any embellishing.  Look how cute it turned out:

This one cost me even less, about $1.59 for the frame and the scrapbooking paper. As you can see, I'm attaching it to my mirror.  I'm loving how the mantel is coming together :)

And now for your projects!

Please join in the fun and link up all your recent projects.  I can't wait to see them!  Help us spread the word by displaying the button or a text link somewhere.  And try to stop by at least two other blogs so we can all have some comment love!  Let me know if you have any questions.  The linky will be open all week!

Don't forget to mark your calenders for my Spring Mantel Party!  And grab the button to spread the word.  Prizes for all! 


  1. I love using scrapbook paper for decorating! Thank you for sharing this idea and for hosting the party! Looks like I'm the first arrival....and I'm usually late to everything! :-

  2. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing.. I'm actually working on something very similar and will be sure to share :))

  3. ps: grabbing the button to spread the word.. :))

  4. ooh, i love that frame with the scalloped center!

  5. I found you through Someday Crafts and would love for you to come link up at my link party! Every month the featured links have a chance to win tons of prizes, just for linking!

  6. Hello,
    Thank you for hosting a fab linky party! I have linked your page to my posting!

    P.S: I am your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too :)

  7. agree that acrylics were cheaper and that spray paints can be tricky to use sometimes...

    amazing job done!

  8. What a cute idea! I'm not a scrapbooker so this is a great way for me to get to use some of those gorgeous papers!
    ... although I don't think MY dollar store has such cute frames!

  9. What a cute idea. I'm your newest follower. It would be great if you could stop by my blog Monday and add your project to The More The Merrier Link Party.

  10. I love easy projects like this!! looks great!
    Ash @

  11. sure cuts a lot? must google it now!



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