2 for the Price of 1 – Color Block and Faux Window Frame

In light of today’s both horrible and historic events, I have retreated to my “Studio Sydney,” which is always where I go to heal. I know that most of the world is sitting in front of their televisions tonight, but I just can’t see nor hear anymore.

For me, it’s time to craft, write, and create. And I’m inclined to reach into my collection of old magazine articles that I’ve saved over the past 45-years and find something that could also be relevant today.

It was almost a year ago that I wrote in my post entitled Before Pinterest that I would be taking on my own personal challenge of going through those magazine clippings and finding relevance for as many of them as I could. Then came COVID. And rather than that challenge, I took on the personal challenge of crafting with whatever supplies I already had — keeping me from shopping and being around other people.

So, I found a color block wall hanging from Woman’s Day magazine dated Sept. 1, 1992. It’s the perfect project for putting me in a “rosey” mood.

A color block — as we called it in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s, is a wall hanging that is divided up into small squares with the blocks filled with seeds, moss, small budding flowers, etc.

Cute, right?

They were usually made with at least 12-blocks, but mine is only four. And, all of the supplies came from Dollar Tree.

Supplies

Four wooden frames or boxes — Dollar Tree has these cute little boxes with lids that I bought for this project, but you can use their little wooden frames that usually have quotes painted on them. Of course, you can use whatever flowers you like best — I used two bushes of roses or 12 blooms. The dry Styrofoam is the one that Dollar Tree sells that is already sliced into four pieces, but feel free to use whatever you have. You will also need two packages of Reindeer moss, a piece of felt that is the size of the four boxes put together (not pictured), your paint of choice, paintbrushes, and hot glue gun.

This is a very easy project and my total cost was $9 plus the glue and paint. The project took me about 45-minutes to complete.

Let’s get started.

First you will pull the blooms off the stems and set them aside for later. And then you will separate the boxes from the lids. I used the lids for this project, but you can use either the box or the lid. I painted all four sides of the four lids using an acrylic color Chestnut. To be sure only the painted sides would show, I painted both the outside and inside sides. When they were dried, I went back and, with a dry brush, applied a very light coat of white to give a bit of a weathered look.

When all of the paint was dry, I attached the four lids together using hot glue.

I then cut two of the Styrofoam blocks in half down the middle and then hot glued them to the inside of the lids. The Styrofoam should not be higher than the wall of the side of the lid or box.

Then I flipped the whole piece over and glued a piece of felt to the back for a more finished look.

Fill two of the box lids with the moss, being sure it’s secured with hot glue. Please be careful not to burn your fingers. In fact, you should splurge and buy some finger protectors at Dollar Tree. Each box lid takes a full package of Reindeer moss.

Then I added the blooms. I used peach colored roses, but – of course – you can use whatever blooms you prefer. This would be very pretty as a Valentine box with two boxes filled with red roses and two filled with white and maybe a bow at the top. Anything you create will be yours and will be beautiful.

Isn’t this pretty? Like I said at the beginning, this would be really nice double or even triple the size of this one and hanging from the wall behind a sofa.

I love it.

The next project is so pretty that, like the above project, you may want to make it larger than the one I made.

Supplies

I used four of the 6″x8″ stretched canvas frames from Dollar Tree, a small grapevine wreath that I made by pulling some vine down that was choking a palm tree, some scrap ribbon, paint, paint brush, hot glue gun, wood filler, and sand paper.

This is also a pretty easy project, although I actually made it harder than it had to be by using wood filler and not just being satisfied with the spaces created (which you’ll see what I mean). That being said, I’m glad I got way down into the weeds on this one because it’s stinkin’ cute.

Let’s get started. I’ve always wanted an old window or window frame, but in my humble opinion, they are always just too pricey. This project satisfied my desire and was only $4.

I’m really sorry, but I don’t have many photos of this project in process. I just got caught up in it and forgot to take pictures.

The first thing I did was remove the canvas from the frames. I did not remove the staples, because that will be the back side of the window frame when the project is completed and won’t be seen. Then, much like the Color Box project above, I hot glued the four frames together. When I glued them together, there was a tiny bit of space between each frame — which was driving me crazy. So much so that I made a trip to out to the garage to find some wood filler. What I found was a zillion years old, but I was able to get enough out of it to use on this piece. Please, don’t think you need to do that. The tiny spaces between the frames is okay. So, then I had to set it aside for 24-hours while the wood filler dried.

The next day, I sanded the piece smooth and painted the whole piece with white chalk paint, because that usually only takes one coat. Because of the wood filler, this took two coats. After it dried, I did a dry brush application of an acrylic Chestnut and set it aside to dry, again.

I knew I wanted to attach a small grapevine wreath to this, so, I walked down the street and pulled down some grapevine that was choking out a palm tree and formed by little wreath. It’s about 7-inches in diameter.

I added a bow to the wreath, and then attached the wreath to the frame using a loop of ribbon that I hot glued to the back of the frame. I love this!!!

Cute right? I hope if you make one, you’ll send me a pic of yours.

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