So I’m always looking for ways to showcase O’s art without it taking over. And my parents are basically the artist’s biggest patrons. They have his work all over the place and love it. Which is why when I saw this cute and simple little heart picture frame in the $1 section at Michaels, I grabbed it right away with plans to make something special for my mom for mother’s day! I was feeling bad this year because I won’t see my mom, but O will be at her house so at least I know she will get to soak up the sweet 3 year old “I love you”s! And I hope she knows I love her too!
I’ve found the best tip for working with cheap unfinished wood products like this is that a light sanding can make a world of difference. So do that first. It’s worth it. I sanded it and then gave the front face a coat of light gray craft paint.
When that was dry, I painted the outer edges and the edge in side the heart in a dark hot pink.
Then I found a piece of O’s artwork to use to decorate the frame. This was a coloring page that he painted on top of. (Remember, if you limit the colors available, you won’t always end up with mushy brown kid’s paintings!) It was originally a picture of a lion but with the paint on top of the black lines it had kind of a stained glass effect that I really liked.
I cut out 3 small hearts and using mod podge, I glued them to the front of the frame. I put two coats of mod podge on top to protect them and I was all done! Add a ridiculously adorable pic of O and his beloved Grammy and I was all set!
Happy Mother’s Day Grammy!!
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