Monday, September 13, 2010

Baby Gift : Monogram Nursery Frame

We found out a little bit ago that one of our closest friends is expecting. I wanted to make something to show how excited and happy we were for them, and when I came across this tutorial from Cute as a Fox, I knew I'd found what I was looking for.

I started with this picture frame.

First, I painted it with a few coats of hi-gloss white.

I initially thought I'd like the look of the frame with glaze in the ridges. After I glazed one side I realized that it wasn't really the look I was going for, so I wiped off as much as possible and repainted another coat of white on the frame.

While that was drying, I took the cardboard from the insert of my picture frame, wrapped it in batting, and glued the batting to the cardboard using Fabri-Tac. I wanted the Monogram to look almost 3-D.

After that, I wrapped my piece of fabric on top of the batting and glued that down using Fabri-Tac. Chris and I spent entirely too much time in Jo-Ann's going back and forth on which piece of fabric we liked best. I have a hard time on decisions with gifts...I know what I like, but it's hard to know what others will!

While the Fabri-Tac was setting, I painted my letter white, then added glaze to the inside edges (again, to create a sort of 3-D look), and then painted the face white again.

After all of it was dry, I put my fabric piece back into the frame, and attached the letter to the fabric piece by applying a thin coat of fabri-tac to the back of the letter and pressing down for a few seconds to make sure it stuck.

And wala! Baby nursery gift! I brought it up to Gainesville (where they live) with me this weekend for the hot hot hot football game. They were out of town, so they'll see it today when they get back. I sure hope they like it!! And if not, I'm sure they can find something to do with the white frame.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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  1. I love it! What a great, personal gift! The fabric is super cute too.

  2. What a cute and thoughtful gift! I'm sure your friends will love it. Thanks for stopping by, I love your blog and all your great projects. Gives me a little inspiration! :)

  3. I might be stealing this idea for my little girls. Thanks for sharing!

  4. A-dorable!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking it to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

  5. I am certain they will love it! Great idea! Those types of gifts are the best!

  6. Cute. I like how you added the batting behind the fabric! Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. So cute. I like the batting look behind the fabric too. Great idea! Thanks for linking this one up to Thrilling Thursdays too!

  8. That is soooo cute. Is Y their last name's initial or the babie's first name initial. Really great Idea and I like how you made it all pop with the stuffing,etc.


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