Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Monogram Art

I thought about making this project part of my "Frugal Holidays" series (which wasn't much of a series with just 5  parts!) But since it was a Christmas gift for my sister (who occasionally reads my blog), I didn't want to spoil the surprise! She was married in 2011, and I didn't think of this as a wedding gift, so Christmas was the next best thing.

I took a thrift store frame (I know she doesn't mind - she was probably with me when I bought it!) a wooden letter "N" from Hobby Lobby, and since I couldn't find any satisfactory wooden numbers, some scrapbook stickers (actually, they are called "Thickers" since they're so big & thick!)

See, I told you - Thickers!!

I spray painted everything black - even the "Thickers" which came in silver, but not black

(So now I know that pictures of black things taken in my dark basement don't turn out so great!)

I used two pieces of scrapbook paper and decoupaged them to the glass from the frame. Mostly because I needed some kind of back to hold it all together, and no one told me I couldn't decoupage glass! I've never heard of it before, but what the heck! It turned out okay. I added the black stripe between the N and 2011 since there was seam between the 2 pieces of paper that didn't look the greatest - the stripe was to hide that!

After everything dried, I used craft glue to stick the N and the numbers on the glass. The numbers wouldn't stick with just the regular sticker Thicker adhesive, so I had to use glue. Good idea - I wouldn't want the numbers falling off onto the floor for my sister's dogs to eat!


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the sweet comment :)

  2. Very cute! Want to do a W with 2002 for our 10 year anniversary in May?;)

  3. Great idea and it turned out so well! Stopping over from Hating Martha to check out your cute blog!

  4. Hi Michelle,
    I love monograms! I like the scrapbook paper you chose for the background. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back!

  5. Very cute and nifty idea. Thanks for sharing at the newbie party. It was quite this week. Next week should be back to normal.

  6. Very cute! I'm following you now and would love for you to link up to our party going on now! http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party.html

  7. I just love monogrammed gifts!!! Great job! So happy to have you link up to the Tuesday To Do Party at The Blackberry Vine!
    Happy New Year!