This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in December 2012.
I added some finishing touches to our home in preparation for hosting family during next week’s Christmas holiday. One of my favorite DIY projects was a quick upcycled frame-turned-wreath project. After all, use your imagination, what looks more like a modern rectangular wreath than a picture frame?
Side note: How great are strung light-filled jars? And the electric candlestick fits right in with the crowd.
I started this project with a common picture frame (mine being a handmade barnwood frame with a 9″x12″ opening). It’s pretty as a frame with pictures in it, but it has sat unused for a few years and seemed like a great proportion for a DIY wreath hung on the door or indoor as holiday decor:
With red acrylic paint (the same bottle that I’ve been using on my holiday wrapping paper stamps!), I brushed stripes onto the exterior of the frame with a foam brush.
Note how the stripes are positioned to resemble a wrapped package? (Or a first aid symbol, yes, this may transition nicely into poolside decor.)
I used some red string to put a bow on it. I tried out some stiffer red ribbon too, the traditional kind that curls when you zip-line it with the scissors, but this floppier more organic string felt like a better fit for the style of the frame and for my home.
My last-minute seasonal masterpiece. It was totally brainstormed as a decoration for our front door, but once I finished it I decided that it would be more enjoyed in place of some of our wall art.
How are you staging your home for the holidays?