Holiday Beadboard Frame

There are only 37 days until Christmas!

I can hardly wait.  Who wants to join me for some hot cocoa??

This holiday season, "JOY" has become my mantra.  (Remember my JOY-ful Christmas display??)

Rather than becoming overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I want to focus on the true joy of the Christmas season.  What better reminder of true joy than a picture of the people I love most?!  I thought it would be fun to display our latest Christmas card or family photo on this faux frame.


I had just a little help from Martha Stewart's brand new paint line...

I was thrilled to try out some of these amazing goodies!  I was very impressed with Martha Stewart's new paint line.  I tried out several craft paints, glitter paint (best invention ever!), some gorgeous stencils, brushes, sponges, etc.

I love that Martha's new craft paints are multi-surface.  They are intended for everything from fabric to glass!

Come along with me to see how I created this festive faux frame...

I started out with a beadboard square (found at The Wood Connection) and a larger piece of wood I had in my scrap wood collection.

I painted the base using several coats of Martha's gorgeous satin paint in aquarium.  I adore this color!

Once the wood was completely dry, I wanted it to appear slightly distressed.  So I sanded the edges and then used a sponge to apply a bit of distressing ink.  Perfect.

Next, I prepared to apply some snowflake stencils!  I mixed the Mother of Pearl paint with the Sugar Cube glitter paint.  I loved the subtle, sparkly combination.

Stenciling is pretty hot-and-cold for me.  Some days it works, and some days it's a flop!  But I felt like a pro with plenty of tools to help me this time!

I used two small adhesive snowflake stencils and loved them!  It was so simple to just stick them on and paint over them!  I also used the stencil adhesive spray to apply a larger snowflake in the opposite corner.

After painting the beadboard a cherry red, I used Gorilla Glue to glue it onto the base.

I happened to have a scrap of red vinyl that matched the beadboard perfectly, so I cut out the "JOY" in vinyl.  But you could easily stencil this as well--or even print it on scrapbook paper.

To display the picture, I modpodged some scrapbook paper to a clothespin and glued it to the beadboard.

*Almost* done!

I have this frame displayed on my kitchen counter, and I LOVE looking at this as I'm working on a project.  Those sweet boys are my joy!

Now I just need some Christmas music to listen to!

Have a happy weekend!

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  1. I love it! Great job Alison!

  2. Very fun, Alison!! Adorable projects. I love the color scheme. 🙂

  3. Very very cute! I think I may have to make this!

  4. Cute! Great job Allison!! Have a great weekend!!

  5. I love your frame Allison! This is so cute and would make such a nice gift. Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  6. Love this Alison! Amazing as always!

  7. OK, I am totally copying this, I adore it! Love how you can just swap out the photo in seconds. Awesome job Alison!!

  8. So cute Alison! You come up with the sweetest ideas! I may have to copy again! I have everything I need to make it. Love that!!

  9. This is absolutely ADORABLE!!! I will have to pin and make this! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party!!

  10. I love this. What cool paints!

  11. This is a stunning frame. I love that it is so simple and pretty!

    We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!

  12. What a sweet project! I love the character the beadboard adds!

  13. This is adorable, I love the colors you used. This would make a great gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Very nice. Does the adhesive glue let you put on and take of the stencil easily? If so, I’ve got to get some!

  15. So cute! Love the beadboard with the red. I linked to it in my MS post today.

  16. LOVE Alison! The distressing is awesome. And of course, that beadboard addition just really makes it!

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