The other day we shared our new vintage-inspired Christmas tree in the foyer (read more about it here). As promised, today I’m going to share the how-to on the wall art we put up next to the tree. Even though this is probably the simplest Christmas project I’ve ever done (it literally took 5 minutes), it also happens to be my favorite.
First, let’s back up to when I was in LA back in June. We were walking down San Fernando Blvd in downtown Burbank and stopped into a used bookstore. It’s just a little hole in the wall, but it’s packed with books. I mean packed! Here’s what the place looks like when you first walk in the door…
Crazy, right?! They have books on every single topic you could think of – everything from politics, cooking, biographies, religion… you name it, they probably have it. I was particularly smitten with the row of books about old Hollywood, classic films and celebrities.
Just as we were about to head out, my mom spotted an old hardback book about the making of Miracle on 34th Street. Being that it was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up – not to mention one of the greatest Christmas classics of all time – it was an easy buy. My mom suggested that some of the photos would be great to frame for Christmas. Genius! Luckily, it was just eight bucks. That’s not bad for even one 10″ x 13″ (ish) piece of art, let alone a whole book full of awesome pictures. Sold!
The book is filled with great stills from the movie, behind the scene shots of the actors and PR photos. I finally settled on the three I wanted to frame and carefully cut the pages out of the book with a sharp craft knife. There were still a lot of great photos left in the book, so I put it in a box with the Christmas ornaments in case we want to switch out the art next year.
I already had three 11×14 RE frames from Target and knew they’d be the perfect size. Even though the frame was the perfect size, each photo was a little different in size, so they didn’t quite fit the opening of the mat that came with the frame. Rather than getting three new mats cut for these particular photos, I picked up three pieces of white mat board from AC Moore for about $9. When I brought it home to put in the frame, I attached the photo to the mat board with two small pieces of paper tape on the top and bottom of the photo. Being the paper tape fanatic that I am, I had a hard time deciding between the red and white polka dots and the metallic gold stripes. I ended up deciding on the stripes because I thought it would be a subtle tie-in with the gold vintage ornaments on the tree.
Two more photos and four more pieces of paper tape later, we had a complete collection of Christmas art…
When it comes to hanging, here’s a tip: Once you get the first and second frame hung, take them down and measure the distance between the nail holes. Then, you’ll know where to nail the third hole and the distance between each frame will be the same.
I love how the black and white photos really make a statement, but they don’t take away from all of the ornaments on the tree. The paper tape gives it a fun, casual look – kind of like the tree. Hanging the three frames added a lot of “oomph” to the corner and really brought the whole look together. Not bad for $17 (plus the frames, which we already had).
Speaking of Christmas movies, have you guys been watching any good ones lately? With the exception of Elf, which is another favorite of ours, we normally stick to the classic Christmas movies around here (like White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, Holiday Inn, etc). But last weekend, on a whim we decided to rent Arthur Christmas. It was SO good! We ended up buying it on Apple TV and plan on watching it at least two or three more times before the season is over. The only downside to this movie is that I’ve said, “There’s always time for a bow” in my best elf accent at least 200 times in the last week… and I now want a pair of light-up, googly-eyed reindeer slippers. If you haven’t seen it and are in the mood for a fun family Christmas movie… go rent it! You’ll never wrap a present the same again! ; )