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How To Refresh Your Frames

With the new year in full swing, you might be itching to make some changes in your life—changes like adopting healthy habits, learning new things or even updating your appearance. But those image upgrades don’t just have to stop at your hair and wardrobe. Updating your space can breathe new life into your home or office. 

While a complete redesign might not be in the cards or the budget, there’s something inexpensive and easy you can do to make your rooms feel new. Update your art. 

Here are some easy and affordable ways to refresh your space.

Move Your Wall Art Around

Reconfiguring where you display specific frames can make all the difference. 

Shadow Boxes

These frames fit perfectly in this space between my corner and my closet. However, these shadow boxes were directly across from a window, which created a constant glare. 

Shadow Boxes Moved

The easiest solution was to find these frames a new home where they would look their best. Instead of displaying these shadow boxes across from my window, I moved them next to the window to eliminate the reflection.

Replace the Art

Nothing makes a space feel refreshed like new art on display. There are plenty of ways to upgrade your space from art prints to family photos. 

Free Printables

Free Printables in Frames

One of my favorite ways to find art is on Pinterest. There are so many artists offering free printables. You can easily browse for free printables based on your style. I found these free boho printables to use in my Ceruse frames

Update Photographs

Special moments happen all the time, and now, more than ever, it’s important to highlight them. Swap out the photos currently in your frames with more recent snapshots. Or be sure to incorporate pictures featuring new additions to your family. 

Create Your Own Art

Create Your Own Digital Art

In addition to the DIY projects on our blog, you can also create your own digital prints. With websites like Canva, you can create art without any graphic design experience. 

I used the colors from the free boho printables to create coordinating pieces to replace the art in these Waverly shadow boxes

These are just some of the ways you can breathe new life into your space. For more framing tips and tricks, follow along with our blog!


About The Author

Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
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Grinch Shadow Box

Everyone loves a bad guy and the Grinch from the How the Grinch Stole Christmas is no exception. This vile creature starts the book (and subsequent movies) as the meanest curmudgeon that despises happy people and prefers alone time with my loyal pal, Max. By the end, he’s discovered the true meaning of Christmas and it’s said his heart grew three sizes that day. Create a piece of Christmas décor that hints to that black banana with Grinch Heart Art using our free SVG cut file housed in our Gisbert Shadow Box. 

Grinch Shadow Box Supplies

Supplies:

Grinch Shadow Box Step 1

This shadow box is created using a cutting machine, like a Cricut or Silhouette, cardstock and our SVG cut file. Upload into your design space and cut each piece using assorted colors of green and one smallest one in red.

Grinch Shadow Box Step 2

Remove the backer from your shadow box and adhere a green piece of cardstock. Begin layering the green pieces with the negative heart shape onto the backer using foam adhesive to provide some height. This really reinforces the idea of the heart growing in size.

Grinch Shadow Box Close Up

Adhere the red heart in the center also using the foam adhesive.

Grinch Holiday Decorations

Grinch Shadow Box

Grab our Grinch Christmas design printable and add in another complementary farmhouse style frame, like our Kingsley White frame and place nearby your Grinch Heart Shadow Box. 

Grinch Shadow Box Collection

Display your Grinch-themed designs anywhere you need a little Christmas spirit. Find more Grinch inspiration here!

Grinch Shadow Box Pinterest


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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DIY Winter Family Initial Door Decor

Make sure guests, delivery workers and your neighbors know they have the correct house this winter with a beautiful way to showcase your family name. This shadowbox screams winter solstice with a sprig of faux holly berries in a delicate red, white and green color palette. Hang this initial door decoration on your door or stand it up on your mantelpiece this Christmas.  The white finish of our Finnegan frame plays up the country style which adds to the perfect amount of texture to this seasonal farmhouse design. Follow our tutorial and learn how to add adhesive vinyl, a beautiful ribbon and faux seasonal accents to set the mood for this festive feature.

DIY Winter Initial Decor Supplies

Supplies:

  • 8 x 10” Finnegan Frame
  • Red adhesive vinyl
  • Faux holly and berries
  • Faux snowball filler
  • Transfer Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scraper
  • Drill

 Cut Vinyl

Cut your adhesive vinyl design using an X-Acto knife or cutting machine. Use a weeding tool to remove all parts of the vinyl which are not part of the final design. We chose a large initial and the family name inside for this personalized piece of door décor.

Apply Vinyl

Remove the backing of the shadowbox and fill the inside with the faux snowball filler. Replace the backing and flip over.

Use transfer tape and a scraper on top of the weeded vinyl design. Peel this transfer tape and apply it over the center of the shadow box. Use the scraper again to smooth it out onto the acrylic front.

Decorate Frame

Use hot glue to adhere festive accents to the front corners of your shadowbox.

Add Ribbon

Turn the decorated shadowbox over and attach the security hangers onto the back of the shadowbox using the four provided screws.

Thread a thick, red ribbon through the rings and tie a knot at each end to secure.

Winter Initial Door Decor Final

Winter Initial Door Decor Closeup

Use a wreath hanger to display your winter shadow box on your front door.

Winter Initial Door Decor Angles

This festive piece of décor in the Finnegan shadow box will welcome holiday cards, carolers and out of town guests this holiday season.

DIY Winter Family Initial Door Decor


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Thanksgiving Gather Wreath

While wreaths are traditional round, who said they can’t be other shapes as well?  A square or rectangular picture frame makes a great base to DIY your own seasonal wreath to hang in your home this Thanksgiving. The exotic bamboo details of our Arnhem frame makes the perfect base for a home décor piece displayed during one of the most colorful seasons of the year. Play off the gold color and bring in more warm tones using artificial flowers and a dimensional banner. Order this, or any of our frames, in any custom size and display this Thanksgiving Gather Wreath near the gathering area in your dining room.

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Supplies

Supplies:

  • Frame – We used Arnhem
  • Artificial flowers
  • Cardstock – orange and brown
  • Patterned paper – yellow gingham
  • Dimensional foam adhesive squares
  • ZIG 3 way glue paper adhesives
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire cutters
  • Twine
  • 2 small screws
  • Gather Banner Cut File

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Cricut

First cut your banner pieces using your die-cut machine, such as a Cricut. You can grab our SVG cut file for free in our supplies list above.

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Step

Next, assemble the gather banner using dimensional squares for the letters and ZIG glue for the background piece. Slide through the twine to get ready to hang in a later step.

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Florals

Pop off the heads of the artificial flowers or use wire cutters to trim and separate from the original stem.

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Florals

Lay down a piece of protective paper on your working surface. Arrange the artificial flowers on the top left and bottom right corners of the frame and secure them with hot glue.

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Full

Screw two small screws to the back of the left and right sides of the frame and tie the twine from the gather banner on.

Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Final

The Arnhem frame we used for this Thanksgiving Gather Wreath measures 28” x 18”. This larger size would typically include a standard hook and picture wire hanger, but since this is lightweight due to the lack of an acrylic front, and the picture wire would show, we hung this frame using a sawtooth hanger.

Thanksgiving Gather Frame Close Up

Thanksgiving Wreath Room View

Tip: when it comes to seasonal home décor, make use of that nail you already have on the wall and create seasonal artwork pieces that are the same size as what you already have hung.

DIY Thanksgiving Gather Wreath Pinterest


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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Halloween Skull Art

You might have extra cobwebs, fake cemeteries, and creepy jack-o-lanterns displayed OUTSIDE your home this October, but the spooky season calls for Halloween décor inside AND out!  Get inspired on one way to make your basic plastic skull a little more fancy with a non-traditional Halloween color palette, shiny gems, and a floral crown. The sleek black façade of our Whittaker frame is a perfect way to contain up this unique piece of pastel Halloween décor which can be placed on a shelf or hung in an entryway of your home. 

Halloween Skull Art Supplies

Supplies

  • Frame (We used our Whittaker) 
  • Patterned paper
  • Plastic Skull
  • Spray Paint – Ballet Slipper Pink
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Pearls
  • Rhinestone gems
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Gem Tac adhesive
  • Fake spiderwebs

Halloween Skull Art Backer

First, find a saw and cut the back half of the skull off so you have a flush surface to adhere it to the frame background.

Next, give your boney friend a few layers of pink spray paint and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Remove the backer of the frame and adhere the patterned paper onto the surface.

Halloween Skull Art Step

Adhere your skull onto the backer.

Adhere artificial flowers, leaves, and pearls using hot glue. Add a spider over the eye for a creepy effect! Tip: it’s the best to time add black flowers that are pretty sad any other time of the day!

Halloween Skull Art Gems

Add gems onto the forehead in strategic spots.

Halloween Skull Art Final

Halloween Skull Art DIY

Add the backer into the frame and stretch fake spiderwebs across the corners and front view. Adhere additional spiders or florals to the backer.

DIY Halloween Skull Art

If desired, style with additional skulls on a shelf space to really kick up the spooky factor!

DIY Halloween Skull Art Pinterest


About The Author

Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
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