|Isn't she a cutie? That's my little princess! (she will begin 1st grade this year:)|
First, buy a large (CHEAP) frame - as cheap as you can find. This one was $5 at Walmart & is very sturdy. Also grab some paint, a brush/sponge if you do not have it, clear/white glitter (or your preference), and a few sheets of glitter foam.
Take the backing off and the glass (have an idea for that later ;). Then, use your fingers or pliers to remove the little pegs/metal place holders on the back (you know those things that break off eventually anyway after pictures have been changed out).
Next, I placed a trash bag on the table (as not to paint on the table). I turned to the back side of the frame to use (as this part is flat, not curved). You can use the front if you wish to do so. I painted the edges black & immediately sprinkled the glitter on (so it would stick to the drying paint). While that was drying, I drew letters onto the glitter foam and began cutting them out.
A little trick if you are not good with free-handing letters: choose a font on your computer that you like, write the words you need in a word document; print the letters, cut them out & use them as stencils!! I free-handed these.
Once dry, begin placing your letters where you want them (before gluing)!!!! Make sure everything will fit. I wanted to say "1st day of school - 2012" others have put the grade level. I plan to change out the 2012 each year. You also never know if you will change grade levels, so I said 'school.' (your choice)
|as you can see, I use this painting mat quite frequently...lol|
Now that you have everything in place, begin hot gluing your letters on your frame. THAT'S it!!!
|my little model - she hasn't begun school yet, but I can also use this on her 1st day each year!!! :)|
Let me know if you try it OR if you have one I would love to see what yours looks like:)