Spread Cheer {Holiday Frame Tutorial}

Can you even stand another day of creativity … I mean three days in a row people!! This is huge {well huge for this blog}!! And now you won’t hear from me for 3 weeks, I’ll be napping!

No really, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little burst of inspiration … I know that it’s made my heart so happy getting back to sharing the things that I create with you.

Today’s tutorial was inspired by two different ideas that came together into one GREAT idea!

I was first inspired by a photo on Cathy Zielske‘s Instagram feed. Not only do I love this quote from the movie Elf, but I loved the graphic design.

So that was floating around in my head.

Then, I was at Craft Warehouse (a Northwest craft chain similar to Hobby Lobby) picking up some things for a craft night at church. One of the items we needed were these shadowbox-like frames that were going to be decorated with pattern paper creating a raised mat for a recessed photo. There was an example on display showing how they had added little jingle bells to the inside of the frame and a little button flair on the outside.

Here’s what happened when the two ideas came together::


Supplies Needed::

  • Shadowbox Frame
  • Chipboard/Cardboard
  • Fabric/Patterned Paper for mat
  • Cardstock for die cut/die cut backing
  • Jingle Bells
  • Button/Flair embellishment

Here’s what my frame looked like. It’s hard to describe, but it’s basically a shadowbox style frame with a mat that has an interior plastic frame attached to it. You can either use it with the mat flush with the glass and your photo recessed OR you can flip the mat to be flush with the back/photo and the plastic interior frame creates a space to add something three-dimensional … like JINGLE BELLS! Hopefully these photos make it a little more clear.


So, as lovely as those globs of hot glue were, I decided to cover them up with a fabric wrapped mat made from chipboard. Using the existing mat as my guide, I measured the exterior of the existing mat and cut a piece of chipboard the same size. Next I measured the width of the mat and marked the chipboard leaving the center to cut out with a xacto knife. BEFORE I wrapped my chipboard mat in fabric, I slid it onto the existing mat to see if it would fit.


I cut a piece of snowflake fabric the same size as my chipboard mat and adhered it using heavy-duty double-sided tape (Scotch ATG 700). I then flip it over and carefully cut an ‘X’ in the mat window and then adhere the fabric triangles to the mat and trimmed the excess. Whaa-laa! A fabric covered mat.


Next I needed to create & cut the Elf quote on my Silhouette. Remember I told you that I was inspired by Cathy’s version and well, I just copied it {and am sharing with her permission} to create my own file. You can do the same, or, save some time and add some variety by purchasing Cathy’s Cool Yule Quotes from Designer Digitals (Cathy shared a great video tutorial on her blog on using PNG files with your Silhouette). I then mounted the die cut to a piece of white cardstock, centering the quote so it would line up properly with the fabric mat & plastic frame.


The last step was to add a bunch of jingle bells to the frame before I put in the fabric mat/plastic interior frame and quote. I had to play with the placement of the bells a little and even added a layer of scrap batting and a strip of chipboard to ‘fill’ some of the empty space in the bottom of the frame so I didn’t have to use quite as many bells.

The final touch was a little extra sumpin’ sumpin’ … the Lawn Fawn adhesive flair.


Does this not just make you smile?


I stuck with a more non-traditional Christmas palette and plan to keep this up with my winter decorations after Christmas has past … because really I wish it could be Christmas everyday!

I hope you guys have enjoyed these posts … I’ve poured a lot of time, energy and heart into them this past week because I think YOU are worth it. Thanks for taking time to pop in and hang out with me in my little corner of the intra-world!

Linking up:: The Party Bunch @ 30 Handmade Days / Link Party Palooza @ Tatertots & Jello


  1. kellym76 says:

    I love it! I think I have a frame like that somewhere.

  2. OurMiniFamily says:

    This is just ADORABLE! The color, the font, everything! I love it, and it caught my eye at the I Heart NapTime party–I had to stop by!

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page, and said “hello!”


    Your fan,

    ~Cathy Mini



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