Update: A huge thanks to IKEAHackers to posting this tutorial!
Hello friends! Hope you had a swell weekend. I’m knee deep in Christmas gift shopping and crafting and thought I’d share one of my recent projects with you.
Similar to most of you, I have a list of group of friends where a smaller gift for Christmas is more appropriate. Smaller gifts are tricky and often there aren’t good, original ideas available. Because of this I DIY the smaller gifts so I can add my own personal touch and make it feel more special. More bang for less buck.
Today’s post is how to monogram picture frames. Picture frames are a go-to smaller gift but I feel so “blah” when I have to resort to a picture frame as a gift. Suddenly they seem so much more appealing when I’m able to customize them in a meaningful way. And this year, I am all about the customization in my gifts – monogramming, meaningful letters and personalization.
I was inspired by the monogrammed frames from West Elm, but of course, didn’t want to pay the price when I knew I could do it myself and use words that meant more to me. I picked the word “JOY” for this post because well, I didn’t want to broadcast who exactly will be getting custom frames from me for Christmas.
Alright, and now the how-to instructions. You’ll need to set aside about an hour to complete 1-2 frames.
Here were my materials:
- 2″ vinyl block letters from Staples
- IKEA RIBBA frame (I used the 9″ x 9″ shadowbox frame)
- Armour Etch glass etching cream from Michael’s (I used a coupon – it’s a little pricey)
- Paint brush
- X-ACTO knife
First, I cut out my letters from the vinyl blocks using my knife. I used a straightedge where I could to get a better even line.
I placed my letters on the bottom left hand corner of the frame, making sure the spacing was consistent and the letters were horizontally level. And then, probably the most important part, I ran my finger over the vinyl several times to make sure all the edges were completely sealed to the glass.
Next, the etching cream. This stuff smells like farts. Graphic but true. I applied a generous amount to each letter, being careful to stay in the lines. I left the cream on for 15 minutes to allow the etching to take place.
I wiped off as much etching cream as I could with a dry paper towel, then removed the glass from the frame. I peeled off the letters and rinsed the entire piece of glass with water. Finally, I used glass cleaner on both sides to remove any excess cream and clean the glass. The photo insert is just a scrap of IKEA wrapping paper.
And there you have it! You could do someone’s initials, a last name or a meaningful word. Or like I did, use a Christmas-y word. I’m actually going to give this to a fellow blogger, but she’s on vacation so I think I’m safe.
As it turns out, the green side table has been the best holiday accessory. Oh, and I hope you enjoyed reading about this little project as much as I did doing it. I’ll be back on Wednesday with some more Christmas-y things. Watch out – I’m in the total holiday spirit.
p/s: Am I too old to have an Elf on the Shelf? Because I totally want one.