All you need is……

LOVE!

I love giving photos of my son to his grandparents for Christmas.  Usually, we have our family photos and his birthday photos done around Christmas and they make gift giving easy.  This year, with the rush of life, we forgot to make an appointment. Oops!  So, it was up to me to play photographer and come up with a nifty presentation.

Keeping with this year”s desire to give homemade gifts, I took to pinterest for inspiration.  And found it here: I L-O-V-E You Photo Frame.  Of course, I modified it a bit.

I started with 3 packs of RAM frames (each pack contains 3)

 

 

They were less than $2 a pack.

 

 

 

 

 

Next I painted them with Crayolas Washable paint (it’s all I had available):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The frames don’t need to painted, but I wanted to give them a little pop! And, of course, the frames can be decorated any way you like.  I may try, scrapbook paper and mod podge next time.

 

After they dried, I sprayed them with a sealant.  After all, it was washable paint I had used. I was a little worried that dusting them might rub the color off.

Then, I took four pieces of poster board, and wrote the word love; one letter on each piece.  I took photos of my son holding each of the letters and decided which I like best of each.  I used picnik to turn the photos black and white.  And this is the end result:

The great thing about using four separate frames, is that the grandparents can hang or sit them out in any arrangement.  I really hope that they like them as much as I do.  I plan on doing a similar project, for father’s day, for my husband.

 

 

Tile Coasters

I have seen multiple pins on pinterest for making tile coasters.  I decided to make them for my best friend, my brother and a set for myself.  They are so super easy to do. And cheap, too.

So here are my supplies:

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12 ceramic tiles 16 cents each

Spray Sealant  $5.99 (Which I did not use.)

Mod Podge  $5.99 (which I am not too concerned about since I didn’t use much and have plenty for other projects

Sponge brush $1 for a pack of 3

Scrapbook paper 50 cents each sheet

Paper cutter (Sorry, I don’t remember how much this cost, because I bought it so long ago.  You could just use a pair of scissors or straight edge and exacto knife.)

Newspaper

Felt  squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ for backing coasters  (I just used some scrap I had left over from another project)

How to do make the coasters:

1. Cut scrapbook paper into 4″ x 4″ squares.

2. Lay out newspaper to work on.

3. Working on one tile at a time; coat tile in mod podge.  Lay paper on top, making sure it is centered.  Using finger, rub paper to ensure the are no bubble in paper.  Once the mod podge starts to dry, do not attempt to move paper, as it will tear.

4. After tile has dried, apply coat of mod podge.  Repeat 4-5 times, allowing tile to dry in between.  It took my tiles about 20 minutes to dry after each application.

After tiles have set, apply rubber cement to backs of tiles and attach felt squares.  Allow to dry.

Once the tiles are dry, there are two choices. They can be used immediately for cold drinks, but you will have to wait approximately 30 days to use them for hot drinks.  According to the bottle of mod podge, it takes approximately 30 days for the mod podge to fully cure.  Or you can spray with sealant and once dry, they can be used for all types of drinks.  The choice is yours.  I decided to allow them to cure on their own, as I have heard that the sealant has a strong odor to them.

And here is my finished product:

The toile are for my best friend.  The birds are for me.  The grey and black are for my brother.

I hope that y’all give these a try.