DIY: Removable Decorative Window Frame

DIY MAGIC WINDOW ART TUTORIAL

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas network, I’m participating in the September “window treatment” challenge. I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to complete my project…addressing this bathroom window:

DIY Removable Decorative Window Frame Tutorial

Our main floor bathroom has a window that sits high up (no one can see in and the view out is of the treetops). The window is not framed. I’ve tried a curtain on this window, but with it sitting so high above the toilet tank, it just doesn’t look right.

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This project would be great for window privacy too!

Materials I used:

  • 1×3 pine boards to create a frame
  • Flat corner brackets
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Wood filler
  • White paint (leftover Valspar Signature in satin finish)
  • Picture frame hanging hardware
  • Screen (36″ wide)
  • FrogTape
  • Staples
  • Stencil
  • Craft paint
  • White vinyl table cloth
  • Vinyl decals

Removable decorative window frame: 

I started with creating a frame for my window using the 1×3 boards, corner brackets, Gorilla Glue, wood filler and paint. It’s best to miter the joints, add glue to the joints and brackets (be sure that screws are not longer than depth of frame). Fill joint lines with wood filler and lightly sand once dry. Prime/paint frame.

DIY removable wood window frame

Cut screen to fit inside the wooden frame with enough room to fold under borders and to staple to the back side of the frame.

 Removable window frame DIY

Stencil a design on the screen and let dry. I used Cutting Edge Stencil’s Allium Gladiator Flower Stencil (it sort of looks like dandelions and butterflies). FrogTape was essential in working with the screen by holding it flat and in place. Once paint is dry, staple screen to back of frame. 

removable decorative DIY window frame tutorial

You may think to stop here but when I hung the frame (in the daylight), the stenciled design wasn’t visible. It simply looked as if I only framed the window.

So I cut a piece of white vinyl table cloth to size (a bit bigger than the inner space of my frame with an extra inch around the borders to staple it into place) then I added vinyl decals to the white tablecloth. (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a bike and quote.) You could also try a light colored/patterned fabric or paint your own design on canvas…just remember that your stenciled screen will show when it’s dark outside.

removable decorative DIY window frame tutorial

I stapled the white tablecloth into place. 

Simply hang on nails using the sawtooth picture hangers. Easily removable – as simple as taking a picture off the wall.

Before…

bathroom window

During the day, the bike and quote show up…

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and at night, the stenciled screen shows up as well…

DIY window frame

It’s easily removable for when I want to open/access the window and lets in a lot of light during the day. Yay! Love the result…window dressing, window frame and art. What do you think?

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for a mini outdoor makeover challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

Framed Pet Silhouettes

I love silhouette shapes, don’t you? In need of some sort of framed art in our hallway, I decided to whip up some silhouettes of my pets to frame.

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

We have two pets in our home…Lalka, our ragdoll cat:

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CocoRosie, our Italian greyhound:

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Actual pictures of them are something I haven’t framed but black silhouettes on burlap are just about as sweet!

how to make a framed pet silhouette

Materials I used:

  • Two 8×10 picture frames
  • Burlap
  • Silhouette textured adhesive cardstock from Happy Crafters

What I did:

1. I cut out two 8×10 pieces of burlap (and ironed them using my irons highest setting and spritzing the burlap with water (not steam) on both sides).

burlap craft

2. Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I purchased a cat and greyhound silhouette from the Silhouette store and created two designs for cutting, one of an 8 x 10 matte for my white adhesive card stock and a dog and cat measured to fit inside of the matte on black adhesive card stock. I also saved my designs to cut out more adhesive cat and dog shapes for making handmade cards (using the adhesive card stock is like making your own custom stickers and adhesive labels).

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3. Then adjusted the settings according to the “adhesive card stock” option and sent to the Silhouette for cutting. 

cutting pet silhouettes

4.  Then simply peeled away my designs and placed them on the burlap. Easy peasy! I like that the adhesive keeps my designs in place on the burlap. 

adhesive cardstock

Italian greyhound silhouette

5. Then framed and hung them up on the wall. 

framed burlap adhesive cardstock pet silhouette tutorial

So cute!

Do you have pet art in your home? I love whimsical pet silhouettes. Remember my Italian Greyhound t-shirt?

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Who knows what I’ll embellish next! I don’t have a pet accented throw pillow yet. It might be next on the list. :) 

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This post was sponsored. Happy Crafters provided the adhesive card stock. As always, opinion, experience and tutorial are my own. :) 

Easy DIY art at Nalle’s House

Meet: Anu from Nalle’s House.

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Anu is sharing a few links to a two part DIY modern art project she created for her living room today.

Part 1: DIY framed merrimeko art

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Part 2: DIY Number Art

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These projects were super simple and the black and white make a big impact in her lovely living rooms…

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What’s on display in your living room?

There is a lot more DIY to see over at Nalle’s House. Go ahead, stop by and check out all of her DIY projects and home tour.

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Another DIY hoop art tutorial…

Yesterday I shared a link to Kate’s DIY hoop art

{Kate & Kuby}

and in the recent past, Amanda’s DIY hoop art

hoop art tutorial

{Mommy is CooCoo}

and when I needed a really inexpensive, super easy, quick idea for adding color to the eat-in-kitchen area of my sister’s rental before she arrived, I was inspired to give it a try.

DIY embroidery hoop art

We always find embroidery hoops at the  thrift store from 39 to 59 cents + fabric scraps or thrift store pillow cases, even a pretty shirt =

hoop art tutorial

There’s room to grow and expand, to add more color and sizes…

hoop art

I love this one…

{Country Living}

Kristi from Addicted2Decorating just shared hoop wall art with organizing pocket! Brilliant!

See more inspiration on Pinterest…

hoop art

Is this a trend you’ve tried? Show off with a link in the comments!

Are you working on a DIY project this weekend?

Going thrifting?

DIY Chicken Wire Wall

Meet: Kate from Kate & Kuby. Kate is a DIY’er with a recently new-to-her home and a goal to decorate the entire house (including nursery) before the arrival of their sweet little bundle of joy in October – all on a small budget. She’s been doing an amazing job. Her favorite project so far (and mine too) is her DIY chicken wire wall…

DIY chicken wire wall

Materials:

  • Chicken Wire
  • Staple Gun

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Wall before:

wall before

Chicken wire wall after:

chicken wire wall after

Genius! Now it’s a reusable gallery wall!

chicken wire gallery wall

Total cost $25. Easy and affordable. I love the look. I love it’s functionality. See the full post at Kate & Kuby – DIY Chicken Wire Wall.

Here is a sneak peek of a few more fun DIY from Kate:

DIY Anthropologie Letters

DIY anthropologie letters

DIY embroidery hoop art

DIY newspaper trashcan makeover

trashcan makeover

{original newspaper/outbox DIY waste basket tutorial}

Rustic {Hunger Games} love quote sign tutorial

I personally haven’t had a chance to read the series (or see the movie) but it is on my reading list (I’m just starting the 3rd in the Bronze Horseman series) but I do love to read and I do love DIY and rustic charm. Our talented DIY friend, Angie from
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 has combined all of that to create a beautifully inspiring piece for her master bedroom…

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DIY Project Parade – Peacock Feather Triptych Canvases

DIY Show Off Project Parade

I recently shared a tutorial for peacock feather triptych canvas art at the DIY Club and wanted to share with you here too.

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DIY Peacock Feather Triptych

My daughter, Ali, recently scored three canvases at the thrift store for about .79/each. Then, after seeing a peacock triptych here, we decided to try our own peacock feather silhouette using the colors for her planned dining room.

dining room color palette

fabric swatch, Hawthorone threads

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Fun DIY at 2159

Meet Sarah from 2159. A new homeowner with a DIY drive to make her new home her own. She’s off to an awesome start!  Here are some great projects.  Click the link to the original post for more details on her creativity and fun eclectic style.

Coffee Table Cutie

Yikes! This coffee table before has seen better days…

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but underneath all that wear and tear is a good solid beauty. Sarah wanted something with character and after a little DIY creative ingenuity, I’d say she succeeded…

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I love it!

Oh-la-la framed print pizzazz! Sarah added a little lace to update mats.

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So pretty!

And finally…her dining room before and after. I LOVE the DIY details and there’s a LOT of them!

Before: I see potential!

STUNNING! Is this really the same house?

Love the fun colors and beautiful board and batten/picture rail….

Check out that beautiful ceiling!

Sarah – you’re doing a beautiful job! Wow!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and beautiful style. :)

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In other news:

Woo hoo! Check this out (with links to some b-e-a-U-tiful DIY projects…Amy has her work cut out for her. I’d never be able to choose just one)!

 x 2! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!   Check it out and leave a comment about your favorite (ahem…I won’t be be too upset if you <3 all of them. I just might agree with you! :) 

Excited for my painted/stenciled floor to be featured today at