I did a little craft this morning when I really should have been cleaning our bedroom upstairs, because it is a pigpen right now. :)
I am trying to fill up some of the wall space in our new house with art, but I want to (a) like it, and (b) not spend a lot of money on it. I thought this wreath was cute, but it looked very small and lonely and forlorn hanging on the wall by itself, so I beefed it up a bit with some paint and a frame I already had.
Little Wreath-in-a-Frame Craft
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used Aubusson Blue)
Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear and in Dark
A little Command Mini Hook
Some fishing line
1. Take the glass out of the picture frame and Windex both sides as needed.
2. Paint the side of the glass that faces out of the frame with two or three coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can apply each new coat as soon as the previous coat is dry-to-touch. This won't take long.
3. Go over the paint with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax. (Don't do the dark wax first.) I used a wax brush to swirl it on, and wiped off the excess with a white paper towel.
4. Swirl some dark wax all over it, and then buff it with a paper towel or clean white cloth to get off the excess. This whole thing is really not an exact science. (Read all the directions on the cans of wax. They are very informative.)
5. Finish it off with another coat of the clear wax, and wipe off the excess. Be careful when you're buffing, and don't forget it's glass underneath the paint. :) You can let it dry awhile before you proceed, or not. Seriously. :) I just kept going.
6. Put the glass back in the picture frame with the painted side facing out.
7. On the back of the frame at the top, stick a small command hook upside-down. (Make sure you use a small, flat command hook, so that it isn't stick out farther than the hanging teeth/rings/wire on the back of the frame.
8. Cut yourself a long piece of fishing line, loop it around the wreath, and tie the ends a few times so the knot doesn't come undone.
9. Hang the fishing line* from the upside-down hook on the back and position the wreath on the front of the frame. I spent about 45 minutes getting the fishing line the perfect length so the wreath hung in the middle of the frame. :) You can probably do it more quickly if you measure. I hate measuring.
*You could probably just hot-glue or other-glue the wreath to the glass, but I didn't do this because (a) I wasn't sure what hot glue would do to the wax/glass, and (b) I was out of hot glue cartridges anyway, and (c) the lid of my Gorilla Glue Pen is glued to the pen (Mensa) so I am glueless at the moment. And (d) I was in my pajamas and didn't want to go to the store for glue. And (e) these boxwood wreaths don't look great forever, and when I replace it some time with another wreath or something else altogether (perhaps a Shanna Murray decal), I don't want the glass messed up.
** If you scratch the wax while you are messing around with the wreath, you can buff it out or add a bit more wax and then buff it out.
10. Stand back and enjoy your pretty framed wreath.