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DIY CHRISTMAS ARTWORK

DIY Christmas Art / 7th House on the Left

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! ; )

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    Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    December 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

    So cute! Love using the washi tape to put the picture on the mat. I am also a huge fan of Elf, but I can’t get a Christmas go by without Love Actually or The Holiday πŸ™‚ And National Lampoon’s Christmas. I still laugh out loud at that one!

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      Ashley
      December 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I’ve been hearing a lot about Love Actually lately and I’ve never seen it! Need to add it to my list…

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    Lori H
    December 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    We loved Arthur Christmas! Have to agree with commenter Ashley that I can’t miss Love Actually or The Holiday, and I would add Elf. I love your Miracle art!

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    Jen B
    December 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    SO super cute!! Love the black & white photos with the pop of the paper tape!! I stumbled across your blog about a week ago- you are just too cute! Love everything you’ve done with your home & am excited to see more! πŸ™‚

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    Christina @ Homemade Ocean
    December 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Adorable!

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    jackie jade
    December 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    aww love how these turned out! so easy and personal. love the idea of adding the washi tape!!

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    Diana
    December 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I can’t have a Merry Christmas without watching at least one of the old puppet movies like Rudolph or The Year Without A Santa Claus. Also How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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    Beth
    December 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Nice idea! My family watches National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation every Black Friday. There are about 13 of us in the room and every year everyone makes the same comment at the same point in the movie. For example, Brother in law Jim says, “Who puts lights on like that?! That will tear up your house!” every single time.

    My personal favorite is Love, Actually. My husband takes the kids out to shop for my present, and I queue up the DVD. I gather up all the wrapping I have left to do and a glass of wine and watch a grown up movie. The Bill Nighy song “Christmas Is All Around Us” is the best!

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      Ashley
      December 16, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Sounds like so much fun!

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    Elisa
    December 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    This is a great idea! Dressed up walls are a must!

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    Sofia
    December 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

    What a great idea! I will remember this one for when I have my own home to decorate.

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    Holly P.
    December 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I love this tree SO MUCH I almost can’t stand it! I inherited hundreds of ornaments (not exaggerating) from a great aunt and while I have some on a small, and unusual, circular tree I have not thought about putting more on a tall, slender tree. I have so many trees anyways, why not another with just the vintage ornaments?! Maybe next year! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

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    Natalie
    December 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    How can I follow your blog?? I don’t know how to do the RSS feed thing…and there isn’t a follow button. Do you do email subscriptions??

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      Ashley
      December 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

      We don’t have an email subscription quite yet (hopefully we will soon!), but the RSS button is in the right column under “here + there”.

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