Oh, Christmas has come and gone once more.

It’s always bittersweet, when the holidays end.  

If you’re lucky, it’s sweet because you’ve made all of these precious memories with your loved ones.  You’ve given those gifts you so thoughtfully put together and you’ve shared your favorite Christmas dishes.  You’re completely fulfilled and now that it’s over, life slows back down.

But it’s also a little bitter in the way the “magic” slowly disappears from the air.
That warm feeling the decorated trees, mantle decorations, and lights bring to your home gets packed away for another year.

This year was extra special for my me and roommate, because we had a front porch to decorate!  This may not seem like a big deal to some, but we grew up in the country where no one would see your Christmas decorations if you put them out… so, we just didn’t. But with the help of Pinterest and our parents, we were able to bring our “vision” to life.  I admit, there was just something special about driving up to a decorate house.

Maybe you don’t feel that way, but around here, we love Christmas lights.  So much so, we’ve found ways to keep them out all year!

Thanks to Pinterest (again), I spent Christmas break last year working on a DIY television stand.  While I loved the look of it, when we added lights we found in the after-Christmas clearance section, it changed the entire feel of our home.

Fast forward to this Christmas when Kayla and I both got strands of fairy lights from her mom.  We were both excited about receiving them, but couldn’t quite figure out what to do with them.  We discussed hanging them on our accent table, putting them on the wall behind our tv stand, etc.

But nothing felt just right… to me at least.  As my roommate of almost two years, Kayla has just learned that I am constantly going to rearrange things, move things, repaint, refurnish, etc. until it’s “right.”  So, when we got our lights, (in true Callie fashion) I started brainstorming.  And (in true Kayla fashion) she told me to go on with my bad self.

So, I did.  Which took me to Pinterest.  Which led me nowhere.  Shockingly.

And that left my wheels spinning… And, as usual, those wheels spun me all the way to Michaels to purchase supplies.

You see, a few months back, a friend of mine from junior high posted a picture of a pretty frame she had made.  I had been researching how to make frames and had not found one that didn’t require a ton of power tools.  So when I saw hers, I was all “Show me! Show me!” (insert hand-raising emoji)

And y’all know what?  That sweet soul went LIVE on Facebook the next time she made one of her frames because she remembered I wanted to learn how to do it.

(Side note:  I have a love/hate relationship with social media… but the fact that It it allows us to still connect with people we knew 10+ years ago is definitely on the pros list!)

Anyway, I was mind blown at her genius method!  While I won’t share her entire process to her art in my post, the first step did lead me to today’s project.

Once I had successfully made my brainstorm a reality, I decided to share it!  I’ve done recipe posts, organization posts, and plenty more… but I’ve never shared any of my crafting!

So, let’s get started.

Materials you will need:

  • A staple-back canvas like this one.  You can use whatever size you like, I used a 24″ x 36″ canvas from Michaels.  These canvas run about $27, but if you shop at Michaels, their app/website always offers a coupon for 40% (or more) off one regular price purchase so you can get them at a better price.  Lucky for me, when I bought mine they were running a 50% off coupon.
  • X-ACTO knife or razor blade
  • Wood stain of your choice.  I used MiniWax Wood Finish in the Espresso color.
  • Fairy lights.  These are normally battery operated, which is fine for most projects, but these I found on Amazon plug into the wall and may be better suited depending on where you hang your frame.
  • Staple gun (optional)

Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to get to down to business!

(THANK YOU, Brittany for steps 1 & 2!)

Here we go:

  1. The first thing you’re going to do is cut around the edge of your canvas with your X-ACTO knife/razor blade.  Be careful to cut along the frame so you don’t accidentally cut whatever surface your crafting on.

2.  Next, you’re going to pull all of the canvas off of your frame.

    3.  Depending on what size canvas you have, there may be a “brace” of some sort in the middle.  The bigger the canvas, the more likely it will have a brace.  As you can see in my pictures, mine had a cross in the middle.  I (not so gracefully) hammered it out and beat it to smithereens in the process. If you use a hammer, be careful so you don’t warp the frame!  However, if you have a saw, that’s probably a “cleaner” way to take care of it, but… hammering worked fine.

(If your canvas doesn’t have a brace, skip this step. Duh.)

            4.   Once your frame actually looks like a frame, you can paint it or stain in.  Again, I used MiniWax Wood Stain in the Espresso color.

(Yes, my stain has been used for many projects.  Yes, I make a huge mess every time I craft.)

5.  Next, wrap your lights around your frame in whatever pattern you like best.  I wrapped mine in vertical “stripes,”  but you could also wrap them abstractly or around the frame.

6.  OPTIONAL: Flip the frame over and staple the lights in place.  Be careful to not puncture the strand!  I didn’t staple mine.

BAM! Done. Hang that bad boy up.
Straighter than me, though.  Because yes, now that I have uploaded my pictures, I realize how crooked that is.

For a unique touch, you can also add pictures using small clothes pins!

So, there you have it!  A very easy-easy, fool-proof craft to bring that Christmas warmth back into your home.

As we close out 2017, I would like to wish you a very happy and blessed New Year!  Thanks for hanging with me this past year of my blogging journey.  I can’t wait to see what the next 365 days bring!

 

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