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  • Grinch Shadow Box

    December 01, 2021

    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.
  • DIY Winter Family Initial Door Decor

    November 26, 2021

    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.
  • How To Install Canvases Into Frames

    November 10, 2021

    Framing a canvas adds those perfect finishing touches to your painting or photo print. Adding a canvas frame instantly transforms any image into a work of art. 

    But framing a canvas can be intimidating. You don't need to be a framing expert to install your canvas into a frame.

    This video will walk you through different ways you can install your canvas into a frame.

    First, it's important to get acquainted with the hardware. 

    offset clips

    These are offset clips. You'll secure these with screws to hold the canvas in place. 

    canvas clips

    These are canvas clips. They hold your canvas in a frame using tension. 

    We’ll send you the right number of clips and fastening screws, based upon the size of the frame you order.

    Here’s how you install canvas clips. 

    Canvas Clip Installation

    First, space them equally around the back of the frame, with the arches pointed inward and the side with the hole on the frame itself.  Once you’re satisfied with the positioning, attach them with the screws provided. You may need to bend the clips to add tension to the canvas stretcher bar to hold it in place.

    Offset Clips Install

    For offset clips, start by lining up the miter lines of the frame and the stretched canvas.  Lay the clips out, spaced equally, and attach them all to the canvas.  Then, for extra stability, secure them to the frame with the remaining screws.

    Screwing In Canvas

    For canvas or deep profile frames, you can also install a canvas by drilling a screw directly through the back of the frame and into the stretcher bar. For this, find a wood screw that is shorter than the depth of the canvas plus frame.

    Once the canvas is installed inside the frame, you can then add the hanging hardware.

    If you follow these steps, you'll feel like a framing expert in no time! If you need any additional assistance, contact our team today!

     


    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.
  • Thanksgiving Gather Wreath

    October 27, 2021

    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.
  • How To Install Security Hangers

    October 13, 2021

    There's no space that isn't enhanced with a little framed art. But there are some spaces that need the frames to be extra secured. When displaying framed art in places where it could easily be pulled or knocked off of the wall, like a playroom or when hanging pictures above a couch or bed, it’s a good idea to attach it with a security hanger.

    Security hangers can be added to any order but it's important to install them correctly for safety reasons.

    Follow along with this video to learn how to install security hangers.

    Your security hanger kit will come with all the pieces you need to securely fasten your picture frame to the wall.

    Security Hanger Kit Contents

    For the installation, you’ll need a drill, a measuring tape, a level, and pliers.

    Security Hanger Bracket Installation

    On the back of the frame, place the two metal plates at the sides of the top moulding, measuring 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the frame to the center of each plate. Attach them with the screws. Next, attach a third metal plate to the center of the bottom bar.

    Mounting Security Brackets to the Wall

    Mount the two brackets onto the wall, with the distance between the centers matching the distance between the centers of the two metal plates. Use your level to check the alignment. Then hook the plates onto the brackets.

    Gently pressing the bottom edge of your frame against the wall should create a slight impression. Screw your T-screw directly into the middle. Once it’s parallel to the slot in which it will sit, rotate it from horizontal to vertical so it slips into place.

    Security Hanger T Screw

    Use your wrench behind the frame to turn the T-screw for secure attachment.

    Now your frame is securely fastened to the wall and you can have that peace of mind that your frame will stay put no matter what life throws at it!

    Ball Hitting Frame

     If you have any questions about installing your security hanging kit, contact us! Our frame experts are always here to help. 


    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.