I’ve got some sad news guys … I did not win the $6 million lottery Sunday. I know, I know. I really thought I was going to win too. I had big plans for that money. I was going to start an animal shelter. I was going to buy the unnamed child a car. I was going to pay off the house.
Who are we kidding, I was going to buy five houses — including one for my mom as a late Mother’s Day present (because that’s the kind of daughter I am).
Since I couldn’t buy her a house, I thought I would show you what I did get her for Mother’s Day.
There are only so many things you can give your mom over the years, so I was looking for something new. My mom loves having lots of photos in the house, and the only thing she said she wanted for Mother’s Day was something she could put on her front door.
I decided to combine the two: a photo frame wreath.
First, I started out with a 14-inch foam wreath — I found this one at Michael’s.
Also from Michaels, I purchased these little vintage looking picture frames (I got them in the isle where you would get goodies for kids’ birthday parties — and they’re plastic, not metal, so they’re lighter than they look). They were two dollars a piece. I took my hubby and daughter with me, and we all used the 40% off coupons which helped a bit.
I took the picture frames and spray painted them silver.
Next I bought 1/2 a yard of black velvet at Hancock Fabrics. I took the fabric and cut it in half, leaving two long strips.
I took my hot glue gun and glued the end of one of the strips to the back of the wreath, and then I started wrapping it around the whole wreath. One strip will do a little more than half of the wreath.
Once I got the whole thing covered, I made sure I ended with the tail on the back and glued that down as well.
Next, I laid-out the pictures where I wanted them on the wreath.
Under each frame, I put three or four metal thumbtacks — I put the tacks there because I was concerned about the weight of the frames pulling on the fabric.
I then removed the stands off the frames so that the frame would lay more flat on the wreath (no technique used here … I just pulled them off).
One of the trickiest parts of this project is getting the pictures tweaked enough to fit in the frame. After selecting the picture I wanted to use in each frame, I had to scan it, resize it to fit, and print it in order to have it the proper size for the right frame.
Once I inserted the photos I wanted into the frames, I hot glued them to the wreath — make sure to use plenty of glue.
Last I took silver metallic ribbon and on the back of the wreath I made a loop, fastened it with thumbtacks and cut off the ends. This is what supports the wreath once it’s hanging.
Photo Frame Wreath
This is super easy to do and is a great gift for any occasion!