Monday, June 24, 2013

DIY baby gift: Monogrammed Chevron peg frame

My best friend from college and 3-year roomie just welcomed her second baby this week - another girl - and I immediately got to work on a baby gift for her.

With her girls almost exactly three years apart - I know she probably doesn't need many baby clothes or gear or blankets or useless silver plated booties.   Plus, I'd much rather make something so it can be personalized.

I immediately knew that I wanted to use this awesome monogrammed chevron printable from For Chic Sake that I had come across a few weeks ago.  I've been dying to use it for a project, but just hadn't found the perfect use for it - until now.  

This was one of those projects that just kept evolving as I was working on it.

At first I was just going to frame the monogram, like in the above example.  But then I remember I had the last of my three ugly old shadow boxes still tucked away.   (I mean if this doesn't go to show that you can turn an ugly duckling into a swan, I'm not sure what does.) I cleaned it up and spray painted the wood box and the back. (Click here to see how I used the other two to frame my daughter's first ballet shoes and an old family recipe from my late grandmother.)

I used spray adhesive to glue the monogrammed chevron print, which I printed on card stock, to the back of the shadow  box. 

Since it didn't cover the entire back, and I had ripped the mat while trying to take this beast apart, I used some pink ribbon I had on hand to cover the edge of the paper.

Then I put the frame back together.  I planned to leave it like that and thought it would look cute just sitting on a shelf - or possibly hanging on the wall.

That's when these three shiny silver door knobs, that I recently fished out from under the bathroom vanity and had yet to put away in my mess of a craft room, caught my eye.  Ah ha! They'd be perfect to add to the bottom of the shadow box as pegs for hanging hats or bags or drying bath towels.  With a little bit of epoxy glue (I couldn't screw them in because of how the glass was sitting on the frame of the shadow box) instantly this went from a shelf decoration to a useful peg shelf.  

I absolutely adore how this project came out and I hope little Miss Finley does, too!

To get started making one for yourself - or someone you love - click on over to For Chic Sake and just follow the easy directions and start by picking your color.

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