We are in full party-planning mode here at our house!
If you can believe it, I am crazy enough to plan a friend party and a family party in addition to Little Man's regular birthday and Valentine's Day all in the same week! I must be nuts! But it will make for an entire week's worth of celebration to brighten up our winter days.
Little Man has requested a Mickey Mouse birthday party. But here is my struggle: I love love love Mickey Mouse. But trying to re-invent a Mickey Mouse birthday party has been tricky for me. We are attempting to add an original twist to some classic Mickey ideas!
The first project on my list was creating a way to display some photos of Little Man over the last year or so. So we set out to create our very own DIY chicken wire frame!
I'm proud to say that we whipped this up from scratch! And this will be so simple to customize for different occasions to display different photos, momentos, or even Christmas cards!
We had so much fun making this! Come check it out...
I started with 3 pieces of wood about 1x4. This was the cheap wood at Home Depot. We were going for rustic!
We cut 4 pieces of wood according to the measurements above, each at 45 degree angles. I almost wish I had made this even bigger, but we definitely maximized our 3 planks of wood!
Hubby sawed while Little Man covered his ears! He has always hated the sound of the saw!
Not bad, eh? Mr. oopsey daisy did a fantastic job with the power tools as usual. One of these days, I'm going to get over my fear of losing a limb and cowboy up and use some power tools myself!
We secured the 4 sides of the frame together by using gorilla glue.
And just to be sure it was secure, we used these wood joiners to hold the frame together, too.
Before painting, I distressed the wood. It really is great anger management to drive nails and screws aimlessly into wood! :) Next, I primed and painted the frame. It needed plenty of coats to show the white well, but I loved how it turned out!
To add to the distressed look, I just used a rag to smudge brown pain along the edges and corners. As quickly as I rubbed it on, I would rub it off again.
I had purchased a roll of chicken wire from Ace. Wowzers, that roll will last me a lifetime! I stapled-gunned the wire to the back of the frame...
You know I love a good photo project, and I couldn't resist here either! I developed several (more than I needed) of my favorite photos of Little Man in black and white. I mounted them on red cardstock to match our party colors.
Meanwhile, I painted some small clothespins black. Darn that snow blizzard! I had to paint indoors!
I added a fun pennant with some scrapbook papers leftover from the invitations and tied some polkadot ribbons to the frame to add the finishing touches!
Is there anything better than pictures of the ones you love?! Little Man helped me select which photos to put up in the frame!
This will definitely be making an appearance at Little Man's big birthday party!
The invitations have been sent out...
Now if I can just figure out what we're actually doing at the party! I do love throwing a party!
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