Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Beaded Holiday Art

 Have you seen these $1 frames at Michael's?
I picked up a short stack of them a year or two ago, not having anything particular in mind for them.

This morning while I was thinking upon Thanksgiving tomorrow at Eric's mother's, I had an idea.

We used the frames, hot glue, cross-stich cloth (any material will do), a paint pen (not necessary, if you have a small paint brush and paints), embroidery floss, a piece of felt, and beads.

The first thing I did was to hammer back the tabs for holding the backing so they wouldn't poke into our cloth.  (You could try pulling them out with pliers, too, but this worked for me.)

For the first one (the tree) I remembered to paint the frame first.  :)  oof.

Then I hot-glued the fabric to the top of the frame, pulling it taut, making sure it was straight.

The sides, then bottom were next.

The child could draw something directly onto the cloth, or you could have them draw a template, and they or you could cut it out and trace it onto the fabric.  (That was me, in our house.)

I tested our paint pens first, for bleeding.  They passed.

note: You could do this in a different order, but I had limited cloth, and 'tis easier for Maddie to just work with it taut in the frame than any other way, so that's what I opted for.

Maddie colored in the cloth with paint.

Then she chose her trim color....

and I back-stitched the edges for her to make it pretty and tidy.

Maddie took over the rest of the way.

Once we made this one, I started thinking that a brown felt gingerbread man girl would be darling.
I thought the stitching should be untidy and free-form, so that's how we did it.
Maddie could have done a fine job of the stitching, but she was in puppy form and playing outside during this bit, so I stitched him her on.

She chose eyes and buttons, and just to set the record straight, a flower for her hair.

note: I was really nervous about ruining her when painting the frame, so we folded a piece of paper and tucked it between the frame and cloth, and hoped for the best.  I'm happy to say we didn't ruin it!

I think she's scrumptious.

We're taking the Tree to Grandma tomorrow, a gift for her for decking her hall.

I'm thinking a collection of them would be lovely... a snowman, a snowflake, a star with sparkly beads, holly and berries....  we'll see how many more frames I can find! 

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This post goes to Friday's Nature Table at The Magic Onions on December 2, 2011.


  1. Those are fantastic. I am sure that Grandma will love hers.

  2. oh they are gorgeous and yes a whole bunch would look great together.

  3. What a fabulous idea - and they turned out great!

  4. Great idea! I need to show my girls and see what they think :)

  5. So cute! Pinning this. :)

  6. so very sweet. wishing yet again that any any any craft store were nearby...

  7. What a wonderful idea! These would make lovely gifts.

  8. What a wonderful idea! I would love it if you would share it at my sharing party at Thank you!

  9. What a wonderful craft idea, these turned out really nice. I will have to keep this craft idea in mind :)


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