I wanted to show a VERY easy idea for Christmas decorating. I know you have photo frames around the house, right? I have them in every room, but I've mentioned before that I like to swap the photos out to represent the season - particularly Christmas.
Here is what I did with two frames to add some holiday spirit to the house:
Both frames are from Pottery Barn. I removed the glass from the frames so I could add bulkier embellishments. I'll store the glass someplace safe (under a bed is always good) until the holidays are over.
For the "JOY" frame, I filled each 4x6 photo opening with lime green snowflake paper. I then added large turquoise letters to each opening to spell out the word "JOY". I lightly sanded the edges of the letters so they would stand out against the green background. Next, I added cardstock and patterned paper to decorate a white chipboard Christmas tree and stars. I adhered all of the chipboard items with dimensional adhesive.
To create the Santa frame, I backed the 5x7 opening with turquoise paper. I trimmed Santa from a sheet of cut-outs, then used dimensional adhesive to adhere him in the opening. I added ribbon and a cotton ball to finish off his hat.
I can't stress how easy these projects are. You can select patterned papers to coordinate the decor of any room. The samples shown here are playful, but keep reading and I'll show a very simple way to create a more traditional look.