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I’ve been wanting to make a “home sweet home” sign frame decor for some time now and I finally found the right materials for it. When I looked around the craft room for possible stuff to use, I got excited to combine and work on the materials I found.
I’m making this diy with the intention of giving it as a gift. My daughter told me a lot of my gifts to my friends are things that I make and that is so true. I enjoy making them and I love to be able to give them away, too.
Let me show you how you can rock this one.
Faux plant tile
Fabric or fabric swatches
Tacky glue or glue gun
I had this wooden frame lying around waiting to be noticed. Look for a frame close to this one.
Buy a faux plant tile at the craft store or dollar store. Use any leftover fabric you have. As for me, I used these adorable fabric swatches I had in my stash.
Draw the letters on the fabric with a pencil. If you’re not confident in free hand drawing the letters, just print out a font you like and trace it on the fabric. Make sure that the size of the letters all spelled out will fit right in the faux plant tile.
Cut out the letters.
Lay some food wrap or cling wrap on your work table and apply a generous amount of Mod Podge on all the letters. Allow to dry.
While the letters are drying up, attach the faux plant tile to the frame. First, cut up a natural color sisal string way longer than the width of your frame. Depending how thick your string is, you may double or triple it to make one thicker string.
Weave it through the back of the plant tile making sure you have the same length left on both sides.
Next flip over the wooden frame so its back is facing you then do the same with the plant tile. Place the plant tile at the center of the frame and staple the sisal string on to the frame using a staple gun.
Do the same on the other side of the frame. Tug and pull the string tight on the other side so it is stretched well that the tile is placed right on the center. Then tie a knot at the edge.
Once your tile is firmly placed on the frame, weave another length of string on the cross section of the tile. Then again staple that.
When the letter cut-outs are all dry, use a green sisal string to attach the letters onto it.
But let me give you some side story here first, an inside scoop of my bloopers making this diy. The first one was that I actually stapled the string on the front side of the wooden frame, on all four sides of it! So when I realized it, I had to get some pliers and had to pull out all those staples and started stapling again. Then, when I was ready to attach the letter cut outs to the string I found out I only had half a glue stick left which of course will not be enough.
I could’ve chosen to buy some glue sticks and complete it the next day right, but I knew it was going to be a cloudy day the next day which would mean I would not have the right lighting for taking the photos for this diy. I could not run to buy some because I still had to pick up my daughter from school. It had been a rainy and cloudy week already and the day I was making this frame decor was a the only sunny day for that week. I just wanted you to know that the easiest way to attach the letters to the string is to just use glue gun.
Lol! What a long story for such a short tip, huh. Well, as you will see in the following steps I had to wing this one that day and I did what I could to make it work. Hey, if you find out on the last minute the glue stick you have left is an inch long, here is how I made it happen.
Stretch the sisal string and tape down the edges with painter’s tape.
Place the letter cut outs upside down. Apply tacky glue and cut pieces of painter’s tape and attach it on the spot where your glue is. ( Remember, the hassle free way is using hot glue ). Let them dry.
Place the stringed letters on the faux plant tile, then quickly flip it upside down. Weave the string through the back of the tile and tie a knot.
That’s all folks! Now you got yourself a “home sweet home” sign frame decor.
You can totally rock this!