noun \ˈnik-ˌnak\: a small object used for decoration (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)I wanted to start off the holiday idea posts with something quick, easy and inexpensive. Something you can make and have on hand for last minute gifts, package decorations or even place settings. I was at Michael’s last week and found small resin frames for $2 each. They’re perfect for making knick-knacks. You can easily tailor them to recipients by your choices of color, fabric and embellishments. Let’s get started!
Here’s all you need for the project:
- Fabric Mod Podge and applicator
- Fabric scrap slightly bigger than the framed space
- Small resin frame
- Wax paper, aluminum foil, or butcher paper to protect your work surface
- Embellishments such as embroidered appliques, chip board letters, buttons, bling, etc.
- Craft knife and scissors
To make, follow these simple steps:
- Apply Fabric Mod Podge to the right side of your fabric scrap and let dry completely. Use wax paper, foil or butcher paper under the fabric to protect your work surface.
- While Mod Podge dries, use the craft knife to remove the clear plastic film from the frame.
- When the fabric scrap is dry, trace the frame back onto the back of your Mod Podged fabric. Cut to size.
- Apply fabric to frame back using Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Apply the embellishment of your choice to the fabric. Use Mod Podge to secure.
- That’s it! You’re ready to share, gift or keep for yourself.
I used pieces of fabric from Dena’s Little Azalea collection for these two pieces. It gives them a youthful, playful look. Choose different prints and embellishments for a totally different look. You don’t even have to use fabric. Scrapbooking papers work just as well. Or print out a page of sheet music. Maybe a page out of the dictionary. Whatever style suits your fancy. It’s entirely up to you.
You could also use these slightly larger frames for silhouettes like this one. I particularly like the idea of making silhouettes of the family and hanging them together on a wide ribbon, each frame running vertically down the wall–a great present for grandparents.
I wish I had time to exhaust all the ideas I have for these inexpensive frames. Unfortunately, I do not have that kind of time, nor do I have any minions. Instead, I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration and some ideas. Now it’s up to you to take it and make it.