Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Floating" Letter Altered Frames

Welcome to the first stop on Kreative Kaboodles Holiday Hop! If you've come to my blog first, be sure to head back to Kreative Kaboodles and read the instructions.
My easy holiday gift idea is for the home. This incredibly versatile project can be made for any season, with any word, to match anyone's home decor! I chose a winter theme, as you can see here. Here's what you need to make this particular set:

3 4x6 wooden frames with metal tabs, no backs
1 sheet patterened paper
clear liquid adhesive such as Diamond Glaze
foam paintbrush
course-grit sandpaper (I used 60-grit)
embellishments, chalks, loose glitter

1. Distress your frames a bit with the sandpaper. Wipe the frames free of dust & debris with a lightly dampened cloth. Embellish your frames as desired. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Chips altered with Diamond Glaze, chalks, and loose glitter. Set your frames aside to dry.

2. Using your die-cut machine, cut your letters from the patterned paper. Depending on your font, you may need to play with the height of your letters. I used my Cricut "Storybook" cartridge at 5".

3. Clean your glass, making sure the side you're adhering your letters to is free of any debris or fingerprints. A microfiber optical cloth works great for this. Don't worry about the other side for now, you can clean it later.

4. With your foam paintbrush, spread a THIN layer of Diamond Glaze (you don't want there to be any seepage) to the back of the first letter. Quickly place the letter in the center of a pane of glass. Brayer over the glass to make sure there are no air bubbles under the letter. I don't have a brayer, so I used a rolling pin. Repeat with the remaining letters & glass.

5. Clean both sides of each glass pane. If your frames are dry, add the glass to the frames, using the metal tabs in the frames to hold the glass in place.

This project cost me $6! I found the frames at Joann's for $2 a piece, everything else I already had in my stash. A fun project you can easily customize to suit the taste of your lucky recipient!

Next in the hop is Chris! Go HERE to see the beautiful project she has in store for you!


  1. Love this idea Amy! I may have to give it a try.

  2. How cute! I love it! The snow at the top is very cute! What a great project!

  3. Great gift idea!!!Can't wait to make one!

  4. Amy, this is gorgeous! Fantastic idea!

  5. What a great project Amy! So cute, and cheap too!

  6. Amy, I can see alot of possibilities for this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Beautiful floating J O Y home decor project, Amy. Thanks for the great instructions -- as I love giving gifts that spotlight the season!

  8. What a neat idea - this would make a good gift for any occasion - thanks for the idea