101 Days of Christmas: 3-D Christmas Wall Art

The following post is from Janel of Life with Lucie and Ella.:

Recently, I was strolling through the home decor aisles at Target when some Christmas wall art caught my eye. It was a large framed piece with a snowflake patterned background and a 3-D rectangle that read, “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.” Simple. Classic.

Even though it was on sale for $18 (down from $20), I didn’t put it in my cart for three reasons:

1. My family is living on a law school budget, so spending $18 on a piece of seasonal decor is just not something I feel comfortable doing.

2. We’re trying to live more simply. I have a hard time spending money on something that I’ll have to store for 11 months of the year.

3. I could make my own version — with my own choice of color and design — for FREE using stuff that I already had at home.

This home decor craft is seriously easy. In fact, it’s so easy that you could revamp it for every month of the year if you wanted to. If you choose a fabric that goes with your year-round decor, all you’ll need to do is change the wording. But even if you want a whole new look for each season, it won’t take you very long to swap out the fabric backing for a new swatch of material and print out a some new seasonal wording.

I used fabric for the background because there are so many choices AND it is easy to get the size that you’ll need for a large frame. However, if your frame is small enough, you could use scrapbook paper or large art paper instead.

Supplies:

  • frame with glass
  • fabric – you’ll need a rectangle slightly larger than your frame’s glass
  • scissors
  • tape
  • cardstock or other specialty paper
  • computer & printer
  • cardboard – I used a piece that came from a package of water bottles
  • adhesive of your choice

Directions:

Cut your fabric slightly larger than your frame’s glass. Use caution when handling the glass — don’t cut yourself! Use tape to affix the fabric to the glass — put an edge of the tape on the fabric and then wrap it around to stick the tape on the back side of the glass. Be sure to pull it tight so that the fabric lays flat. You don’t want any wrinkles.

Secure the glass back in the frame with the fabric-covered side facing up.

Design your inspirational wording on your computer. Use different colors and/or fonts for more visual interest. You can find countless free fonts at websites like dafont.com and FontSquirrel.com. (For my artwork, I used Broken Type for the words in all caps and Advert for the cursive writing.)

Print out your wording onto cardstock or a specialty paper. A scrapbook paper with a linen-like finish would be a good choice that would add a little more texture. Trim your wording if necessary.

TIP: If you want to create wording that is larger than what your printer can produce, print your wording on several pieces of paper and then transfer them to large paper like posterboard or art paper. You can try holding both papers up to the light (like on a window) and tracing them onto your large paper. Color in your wording as needed.

Cut the cardboard so that it can be mounted underneath the wording without showing. Use tape loops or double-stick tape (or other adhesive that won’t wrinkle the paper) and mount your wording onto the cardstock.

Affix your mounted wording onto the fabric with the adhesive of your choice.

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Janel is a stay-at-home mom of two and law school wife. Raised in a budget-conscious and do-it-yourself minded family, she loves seeing something in a store or magazine and making her own version at home for less money. Janel blogs about motherhood, crafts and recipes at Life with Lucie and Ella.