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DIY Vintage Art Frames Ornaments

Hello hello!

Hope you all are enjoying the holidays! I’m a little late to the party but I wanted to get this blog post out for anyone who celebrates the 12 days of Christmas or is looking for a fun holiday craft to do! This is a very simple and inexpensive DIY, and when you are unable to hit the stores for holiday decorations (as I was this year thanks to covid) this little ornament came to the rescue and brought me so much joy and added that extra special touch to our tree!



So let’s just jump right into it! Below are the list of supplies needed for this ornament:


 

SUPPLIES:


 

1: Scissors

2: Hot glue Gun

3: Small frames (i bought mine from hobby lobby) but Amazon also sells a set of five here

4. String or Ribbon

 

Instruction


 

Step 1:

First things first, you are going to want to find your art! Now depending on your plan for these ornaments you can do one of two things, you could use photos of your family or of a love ones family if you’d like to give these ornaments as a gift (which i did for my SIL and MIL)!

The other option is to use real museum grade art for your ornaments, which i did for our basement tree!

And before you rush off to etsy or another print site, let me tell you a little secret…you can download your favorite pieces of art for FREE off of their websites! The key is to filter these sites for the images by “Public domain and Open Access.”

My go to sites are:


my last rec is not a museum buttttt I have found quite a few images on, and that is wikiart


Once you find your art just select ”Download” or “Save to files” and your image will be ready for the next step (side note* if you do not see this option it is likely not free/available)


Step 2:

You will want to go to CVS.com/photo

Select Board Print you have two options for the size depending on how many images you plan to print you can choose 11x14 or 16x20 (these options are usually available to pick same day at most locations).

Step 3:

So i am making this a separate step from the above because this step, again, it allows for two two options based on preference and your design capabilities. Option 1: If you want to make sure your images are as close to the correct size for your frames you may want to create an image in Photoshop that is the 11x14 or 16x20 board size (make the background black) and then resize each image down to the frame size opening (mine was around 1.5” x 2“ ) and then space them how you like (this Also allows you to add the most photos per board). *side note i would recommend leaving a little bit of space around the edges of your board (like an black border) so as to make sure your art is not cut off)! I then saved the board and uploaded it to the cvs site. This is an extra step and does require you to use either photoshop or paint to make it, and after spending way too much time doing it this way i found out that it really wasn’t necessary because there is an easier way that does not require a special program and allows you to do it right on the cvs site.

For this option, go to the cvs full Board Print select the 11x14 option, upload all of your images, change the background to black, then select layouts, choose the option that has 6 photos. Add the images to the size boxes provided, then you have the option to move and resize those images so they work best for your frames, and then add any additional images by simply selecting the image and dragging it into the frame. As show below


Step 4:

After you get your board print from cvs, you will want to cut out each image for your frames. (Make sure to leave a little extra room so you glue that part to your frame).

Step 5: (optional)

I personally did not love the shade of gold that my little frames came in so to make them look a little more high end and authentic, so I opted to add rub and buff in the shade “antique gold” to the front and back of each frame.


Step 6:

You will then use your hot glue gun, apply glue to the back of the frame, and attach your image. make sure to press it tight so everything is held together nicely.

Step 7:

After that dries, you will take your ribbon to make a large loop, and hot glue it to the back of the frame.


Step 8:

Hang your finished frames onto your Christmas tree or add it as a gift tag to a present for a loved one!

This DIY is super easy to do, and honestly if you want to skip the loops and use it in a doll house I think that would be a great option too!

Below is a video with step by step instructions! if you try it out definitely let me know how it goes and send some photos my way! thank you so much for following along

xo

ashley




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