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Second Hand Item Becomes a Treasured House Warming Gift

6 Materials
$2
1 Hour
Easy

I was heading over to see a friend who had just gotten a new home and was in a pickle of trying to figure out a nice housewarming gift.


So I went through my craft room and came across some items that I thought would work great. It is always fun to see what a little imagination can do.

Second hand frame from thrift store
Second hand frame from thrift store

When I am out shopping I always pick up items that are interesting and I think that I can do something with them down the road. So when I came across this distressed frame half off and only a dollar I grabbed it. I had a seen a similar idea but in a larger scale. I didn’t want this to be an overwhelming gift she would feel she had to put on the wall even if she did not like it. smaller was good

Picture frame
Picture frame

There was some cleaning up that needed to be done. Since it was already distressed I could remove some of the gouges with my fine sanding block. I wiped it down and put a matt finish clear coat on it.

Added caption
Added caption

I cleaned the glass off and figured out what I wanted to say. Next I used my vinyl cutter and made letters and for the glass but you could also use precut letters. I didn’t want mine on exterior of glass so my cricut could cut the letters mirror for me. I figured out borders and applied on inside if glass turned it over and this how it turned out. But it was the final touch that completed my wall art.

Vintage map
Vintage map

Printed out vintage map sized it down to fit the inside of frame.

Was more color vibrant once I printed it out
Was more color vibrant once I printed it out

The colors popped more when I actually printed it out to an 8x10.

Wonderful art
Wonderful art

All I can say is wow it turned out much better then expected. Now she has a nice personal gift that also is Great Wall art. All in about an hour.

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2 questions
  • Kim
    on Apr 3, 2019

    It did turn out great! How did you attach the map to the glass?

    • Cynthia H
      on Apr 3, 2019

      Hi! She used a regular picture frame and after printing the map to size, just put it in the frame behind the glass like you would a picture.

  • Mary Taylor
    on May 6, 2019

    What the best method to clean a gas stove vent hood, that has grouse grease splatters

    • Ruth
      on May 6, 2019

      Hi Mary, I personally heat up the area before scrubbing with good old fashion ammonia.

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  • Ruth
    on Apr 8, 2019

    Thank you Peggy.

  • Joyce
    on Apr 11, 2019

    I have been saving an old map of Europe for years, waiting for inspiration....Thank you...can't wait to try this.

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