Friday

shhh... wanna know a secret?

I have found such a cheating way to decorate for the holidays... it involves the dollar store and the generous sharing of vintage graphics from some wonderful women out there. You see, we've got these shelves at the bottom of our stairs, right next to my studio. I used to have framed photographs sitting on these for years. Got pretty boring. Every holiday I would take them down and try to put up some kind of themed holiday decor in their place.

For awhile, I had pieces of scrapbook paper that matched the season framed in those big square 12"x12" scrapbook frames from the big M but I tired of changing out the paper each time and struggling to rehang them. What a pain! Then it hit me- why not just use regular (read: el cheapo) frames and pack the whole shebang up once the holiday was over?

(oh.... PLEASE excuse the lamp cord snaking down the left side there... I need to glue it down and paint it to match the wall!!!)

Dollar store to the rescue! I bought document frames (they're 8 1/2" x 11") and spray painted them (of course!) to hang as the background on the wall. This background layer gets changed out periodically (I just store each set in a box- they stack flat and weigh nothing so it's simple to change them out).


Then I start layering. The small frames are also from the dollar store (and again, spray-painted) and always have either vintage images I've found or little collages I've made. I also regularly replace the layers of smaller frames, depending on the holiday or season. I think this year after the Easter images are put away I'll replace them with sheet music and little bird & nest pictures instead.

After some trial and error I discovered that using Velcro hook & loop tape to hang them was so much better than trying to get the nails in the right place each time. The Husband doesn't know that there are about 30 little nail holes in the wall behind these! Now I just leave one side of the hook & loop up on the wall all the time and glue a matching piece on the back of the document frame. It makes it so easy to take the old ones down and replace them with new ones. Does this all make sense? Please excuse the nail hole!

The Easter images I've used have come from many sources-
The Feathered Nest http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com/

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17 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Brilliant idea! These are just super beautiful!! I wish we had dollar stores in France with such nice frames!! You will get so much enjoyment out of looking at these!

One Cheap B*tch said...

These are great! I love how they look on the descending shelves. So pretty!

JeanFB said...

This is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome idea - even the Velcro on the walls (also brilliant). It looks amazing. Oh, and thanks for sharing your sources, too! :)

Amy said...

Cute!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Great collection of Easter....and spring.....

Miss Sandy said...

Oh my goodness, I love this idea and the shelves are just stunning! I love the idea of the birds and nests for your next frame swap. Such a pretty place you have here. Have a great weekend!

Elizabeth Golden said...

You are so clever. I am going to do this in my next studio. I love the look.

Kim @ Forget-Me-Never said...

I thought I was the only one always hiding nail holes! That gave me a much needed laugh, so thank you for that. This is such a great idea! Really beautiful and practical. Two of my favorite things.

A Cottage Muse said...

Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

These are great! I'll have to look for those document frames, I don't think I've seen those before, but they look like they're a great size! Thanks so much for linking this one up today for "Brag Monday".

SharDon Exclusives said...

This is such a great idea! Thank you for the inspiration...
Sharon

PetraB said...

What a brilliant idea! This is fantastic, Petra.xx

Carolee ~ ArtPodStudios said...

Great ideas, the dollar tree is one of my favorite places to get supplies too! This is a just such a fantastic wall....applause....applause!! :)

Jan said...

This makes for some beautiful framed art :)

Dayhomemama said...

Now that's inventive, I love the hook and loop idea, and of course dollar store frames redone are so handy!!

Shelly said...

Very cute and thrifty! Gotta love the dollar store, never know what you'll find!


Thanks for sharing

Shell

Rose Farnsworth Davis said...

Fantastic! What a wonderfully creative idea. I can't wait to do this myself! Thanks for the idea...

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