Party Favor Picture Frame for Tweens

by contributing writer Lana (like banana)

Party Favor Picture Frame for Tweens

For my daughter’s 11th birthday, we had a “You’ve been framed” party!  During the party, the tween-age girls made the cutest party favor picture frames, each unique to their special personality.

My daughter told me her favorite memory of the entire party was the frame craft.  I’d say the frame party was a success!

Party Favor Picture Frame

Supplies for Frame Party

Supplies Needed

  • Wooden frames (found at Michaels’ Store for about $1.00)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Black and White Craft Paint
  • Glitter
  • Stickers
  • Kid scissors
  • Duct Tape (Printed)
  • Sponge Paint Brushes
  • Craft Styrofoam trays or paper plates for easy clean up
  • Camera
  • Printer
  • Large frame
  • Backdrop (A shower curtain or material set up in a room with bright light for the best photo.)

Instructions:

  1. Set up a craft table.  Have all the supplies (paint, Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, glitter and duct tape) in the center so everyone can share.
  2. Set up individual place settings.  Each place setting includes a wooden frame,  Styrofoam tray for paint, Mod Podge, small paint brush and stickers.
  3. Give instructions:

    “This is a craft that can’t be messed up!  Anything goes.  You can either use paint or Mod Podge or both.  You only get one sponge paint brush, so try not to mix the paint and Mod Podge.  If you need another brush borrow your neighbors or ask for another one. If you never used Mod Podge before, it is like glue.  Except you will want to use it on top of the paper as well as bottom.  Tear your paper or cut it.  It is up to you!
    If you want to use glitter, let me sprinkle it for you over a piece of paper so I can save the excess and put it back in the glitter container.

    No rules to your design. Well, one rule–have fun!”

    Mod Podge Frame Party

  4. Take a photo of the girls in front of your backdrop holding a large frame.  (We also took photos of the birthday girl with each of the guests.)
    Frame Party for Tweens
  5. Print out the photograph and insert in the completed frame.
  6. Give as a party favor–a sweet beautiful memory!

This frame has a little zebra feel but uses blue duct tape in the corners.  Then added a little glitter for some pizzazz.

Frame Party Favor

I love how this one made it a zebra print frame with just paint and glitter.

Zebra frame party

This frame was first painted white then added a few black stripes.  For some added details she then added polka dotted scrapbook paper.

Frame Party for Tweens ideas

This frame had cut scrapbook paper that reminds me of patchwork. Plus, a little glitter.

Mod Podge Patchwork Frame

This frame used the torn scrapbook paper technique.  Love it too!

Torned Scrapbook Mod Podged Frame

This frame had a little bit of scrapbook paper, paint, glitter and stickers.

DIY Mod Podge and Painted Wood Frame

Hope this gave you tons of ideas to do with your kids!

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How to Make a Personalized Door Mat

DIY Personalized Door Mat | The Happy Housewife

The following is a post from contributing writer Lana (like banana).

I like to search clearance bins. Great treasures can be found in these bins.  After Halloween, Michael’s had welcome door mats marked down to a $1.00.  I’d say it was a super deal.

Pottery Barn sells similar ones for $69.00 and up.  With just a few supplies, I turned the clearance buy into a personalized door mat.

How To Make a Personalized Door Mat

How to paint a rug

Supplies Needed

  • Door mat (Mine was made out of fiber like rough bamboo material.)
  • Spray paint
  • Template of design or monogram

Instructions

1.  Shake out rug to get excess dirt out.
2.  Spray rug with spray paint.  Two coats may be needed. I bent mine in the middle then sprayed again, so it would go down to the grain.

Spray Paint a Rug

3.  Let dry.
4.  Print monogram on paper and cut out letter using an X-Acto or craft knife.
Painted Monogram Welcome Mat

5. Paint monogram with a sponge brush.  I did mine thick because I knew it was going to be walked on.
Monogrammed Welcome Mat

Enjoy your new creation!

Door Mat Collage

Things to Note

  • Although black is very elegant – any light dirt or light dog hair shows up easily.
  • I was worried about how the mat would stand up to 7+ people walking on it constantly or how it would fare in the weather.  After a few weeks, it still looks brand new.  I can’t wait to find more of these on clearance.
  • If you do get spray paint on your hand, it comes off easily with odorless mineral spirits.

How to get spray paint off hands

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Personalized Salad Bowl

The following is a post from contributing writer Lana (like banana).

I love making items personalized.  I love it even more when I can create something or change a look of something for under a couple of dollars.

Dollar Store Personalized Salad Bowl

Supplies Needed

  • A plastic salad bowl (I found the one pictured at a local Dollar Tree.)
  • Vinyl Letters (Target – $2.99 for a pack of 245 pieces)Inexpensive Vinyl Letters

Directions

  1. Clean the bowl to make sure any residue is gone.
  2. Find all the letters to make your name.
  3. Peel and stick the letters to the bowl.  (Don’t worry if the letters are crooked, it gives it character.)
  4. Take your bowl to a party filled with a yummy dessert, Crowd-Loving salad, a fantastic easy dip or just plain old chips.

Make Dollar Store Bowls personalized

Note

The letters I used are waterproof and can be repositioned.   I personally would remove them before putting in a dishwasher or letting someone scrub them with a scouring pad.  These bowls from the Dollar Store can be stacked to make a total new look.

Dollar Store Craft personalized bowl

Other Ideas

  • Would make a wonderful hostess gift, especially already filled with dinner.
  • Other names would pop on the bowl as well, i.e. “Popcorn”, “MY Chips”, “Dessert”, or  “Grab Your Own Bowl.”
  • Make a wedding present by filling it up with salad tongs, oil and vinegar dispenser, plus a yummy recipe to serve the perfect salad.

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Homemade Gift in 5 Minutes

The following is a post from contributing writer Lana (like banana).

Have you ever needed a gift in 5 minutes for a children’s birthday party or baby shower?  This homemade gift takes about 5 minutes and goes great with a game or a pack of diapers.  It would even make the cutest name-tag!

Liam name with scriptures

We make this craft all the time!  It is so special and when the child learns to read, hopefully he or she will at least be encouraged by their name grounded in the Word of God.  My children have learned entire scriptures just by looking at the framed name daily.

Supplies Needed

  • Empty Frame (Make sure to clean the glass with vinegar or glass cleaner.)
  • A Word Program (Or write it by freehand)
  • Printer
  • Cardstock or Pretty Paper
  • Scissors
  • Scriptures

Instructions

  1. Type the name vertically in a Word Program.
  2. Using the list below (or find your own favorite scriptures), cut (CTRL C) and paste (CTRL V) according to the corresponding letter in the name.
  3. Print out the name.
  4. Put the name in a frame.
  5. Wrap the frame in tissue paper.
  6.  Place it in a gift bag.
  7. Rush to the party.

I took the most popular names of 2012 and did them for you.  Liam and Emma are the most popular names according to Babycenter.com.

LIAM 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
(Matthew 22:37)
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(I Thessalonians 5:18)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
(Psalm 42:1)

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

EMMA

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.  (Psalm 42:1)

Alphabetical Scripture List

A

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.  (Psalm 42:1)

B

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7)

C

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (James 1:2)

D

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)

E

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

F

Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

G

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38)

H

His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18)

J

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)

K

Know that I am God; (Psalm 46:10)

L

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  (Matthew 22:37)

M

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

N

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)

O

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalms 119:18)

P

Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Q

Better is an handful with Quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 4:6)

R

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

S

Sorrow may last for the night, but JOY comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

T

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

U

Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. (Proverbs 16:22)

V

Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. (John 3:3)

W

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

X

EXalted be God, the Rock, my Savior! (2 Samuel 22:47)

Y

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Psalm 36:5)

Z

Zeal for your house will consume me. (John 2:17)

All scriptures are from BibleGateway.com.

Other ideas:

  • Decorate the frame with buttons or spray paint it to match the room of the child.
  • Make one using the Family’s Name.
  • Have your child make a faux stain glass border.

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