Think Outside the Frame

What a fun challenge – Think Outside the Frame!  I was sent product to use in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own.

I was challenged by Michael’s Stores to come up with 5 different crafts using their small holiday frames – you know I love a good challenge, so game on!

I found the frames on an end-cap in the frame section at Michael’s – there are tons of different options and are packaged like this:

So the first thing that came to mind was that these frames are super-awesome and they don’t need much done to them – just displayed!
Project #1 – Frame Display.  Near them is a one-hook display but I wanted something grander.  I found this awesome jewelry display rack and knew it’s be perfect.  There are lots of hooks for lots of frames and it looks great from any angle:

 This was obviously a super simple craft because you just needed to hang the frames.  Some I did adjust the hanging ribbon so they would hang at the right height.

Project #2 – Gift Tags!  Instead of inserting a picture into the frame, write on a plain paper (I used metallic sharpie for extra fun) and it’s an instant gift tag.

 Speaking of gifts, I found these adorable mini loaf pans at Michael’s – I couldn’t resist them!  Perfect neighbor gift:

Project #3 – Place Setting Card.  Again with this project, substitute a hand-written card in place of a picture.  This is fun because each dinner guest can go home with their own party favor of a photo ornament:

I made these holiday dishes using plain dishes from the thrift store and Martha Stewart paint and stencils from Michaels – you can read about the tutorial of the DIY Holiday Dishes here.

Project #4 – Stocking Holder.  Did you know you can make your own stocking holders?  I have a tutorial for how I made mine here: DIY Stocking Hangers.  For this project below, I simply substituted the bow for a frame, and put in a picture so you can tell who’s hanger is for whom.

Project #5 – Frame Wreath.  I have always wanted to make a frame wreath, and I thought it would be a perfect project for this challenge.  I made a mini-wreath and used 5 frames.  I found this small frame form in the floral section of Michaels and it was the perfect size.  I painted it red so it’d have some color where you could see it in between frames:

Then I just hot glued the frames to the wreath form (yes, I picked up a new hot glue gun while I was at Michael’s – my old one was dying off!)

I tied a loop of pom pom trim to use as a hanger, and that was it – love this!

And there ya go!  5 super fun ideas of crafting to do with mini frames.  Of course you can always just use them as in, as frame ornaments for your tree.  I love this one because it marks the year:

And this one might be my most favorite – because I have a weakness for all things snowflake :)

Be sure to head to Michael’s and check out their selection – I know you’ll find some you love!

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