Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Kirstin from kojodesigns is here this morning with a darling gift idea using a FREE printable! Take it away, Kirstin!
Hello there Positively Splendid friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I am THRILLED to be here today. We adore Amy, love her fabulous blog, and are celebrating with her family as they welcome Baby George (what a cutie!).
For our Swell Noel tutorial, we wanted to share some fabulous home decor that can be made for almost anyone on your list… Even better, it can probably be made with items you have on hand right now!
To make this You Are My Sunshine framed print (with a wrapping paper covered mat), you’ll need:
-an 8×10 frame, painted to match your color palette (I spray painted mine coral)
-an old cereal box
-wrapping paper in your color palette
-glue and scissors
-the You Are My Sunshine print (click on the link for the free printable)
First, we are going to make the wrapping paper covered mat (I’ve also used wallpaper and it works great!). Trace an existing 8×10 photo mat (or just trace the outside of the 8×10 frame insert for the outside edge and a smaller frame in the center if you don’t have a photo mat on hand) onto an old cereal box. Cut out your ‘mat.’
Trace onto wrapping paper that matches the color palette you’ve chosen (the You Are My Sunshine print is all grays and yellows, so anything that matches yellow and gray will work. Cut out, leaving a perimeter of at least 1/2″. Also, cut out the center piece, again leaving a 1/2″ perimeter.
For the inner rectangle, cut at an angle toward each corner. For the outside rectangle, trim notches into each corner so that your wrapping paper doesn’t overlap and make bulk.
Glue the mat onto the wrapping paper, using your traced lines as a guide for placing your mat.
Fold each of the sides along the traced lines. Glue in place.
Your mat is finished! Easy, right? You might even want to make another (see the two different mat options below).
Print out the You Are My Sunshine free printable onto high quality cardstock (I love Crane’s cotton paper). Trim to 8″x10″.
Place your print in your (already spray painted to coordinate) frame.
Give to your Sunshine(s)! Fabulous, nearly-free decor? Yes please!
Thanks again for having us for Swell Noel, Amy! Give your little guy some cuddles for us!
And, Positively Splendid friends, stop by kojodesigns any time and say hi!
I absolutely love this sweet idea, and making your own coordinating mat? Brilliant! I can certainly see a home for one of these in baby George’s nursery! Thanks, Kirstin!