Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Guest Blogger - McKay Designs - Interchangeable Chicken Wire Frame

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Today, I welcome Kristine Mckay as a guest blogger. She runs a website called KMckay Designs and is a local contributor in Utah on a morning show called Studio 5 on KSL. Her background is in the scrapbooking industry mostly working with HSN and QVC. This girl is talented and has lots of good crafty ideas on her site. (Not to mention that you can see some of her TV clips too!)

Here are a few projects you can find on her site.

Altered Jars With Decorative Toppers

(Hello! There were jars of spaghetti sauce.)

She also has free downloads you can use for your projects. Yeah for making our lives easier!

As you can see, you definitely NEED to visit K Mckay Designs.
So, Welcome Kristine.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am CRAZY about holiday decor. From the big ones like Christmas to the smaller ones like St. Patrick's Day. So, I decided to come up with a cool piece of wall decor that was interchangeable for the holidays. I saw a similar frame at a boutique that had kind of a farm theme to it. I decided to adapt it and make it basic enough that it would work for every holiday and the inner frame could be switched out.
First you'll need an 8X10 wooden plaque that is available at any craft store. I purchased mine from Walmart for under $5. You will also need a large frame that will fit over it, up to 16X20 (you can purchase a new frame, or I just used an old frame I had found at a yard-sale). In addition you will need some chicken coop wire with a 1" opening or less, paint, Mod Podge, a staple gun, some wire cutters, glaze if desired (I use Ralph Laren smoke glaze. A great tip from the Shanty Sisters), and last but not least you will need an 8X10 image. I found some great copyright free vintage postcard images on line that I just adjusted and sized to what I needed.
First measure and cut a piece of the chicken wire to fit the back of the frame. Use the staple gun to attach the wire to the back of the frame. Pulling it as tight as possible.
Paint the wooden plaque the desired color and let dry. Use Mod Podge to attach the vintage image to the top. TIP: I like to use Kodak matte photo paper. I have found that it holds the color best. I've used other paper that has caused the ink to run. You will also want to print at the highest quality. When using Mod Podge, I have found that it works best to completely cover both the plaque and the back of the paper. Then You can use a brayer or I use my favorite tool by Basic Grey, the rub-on tool that has a rubber burnishing end that works great for smoothing decoupage projects. Once it is dry, apply another layer of Mod Podge over the top.
I attached strips of ribbon to the back of the 8X10 plaque as shown that can tied onto the chicken wire frame to hold it securely. This makes it completely interchangeable so you can create a different design for every holiday. I decided to make one for St. Patrick's Day and one for Easter. I plan to make one for every holiday. When it was complete, I used a layer of Ralph Laren glaze to give it an antique fishish.
I wish my photo skills were better because this is sooo much cuter in real life.

Thanks, Kristine for that cute tutorial. Chicken wire is underused. I love the look and this interchangeable frame is such a great idea! I know I will be seeing this idea take off like wild fire. Go check out Kmckaydesigns for some inspiring ideas, her video clips and downloads. You will be a happy crafter!!!

Don't forget Friday Categorically Crafting Show for "Beadboard." I can't wait to see all your projects!!!

Linking to WATF - Works for Me Wednesday, Blue Cricket - Show and Tell, Thrifty Home -Pinching Pennies, ISVC-Celebrate the Holidays, Creations by Kara - Look What I Made , Life In the Pitts - Craft Therapy , Room To Inspire - Be Inspired

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  1. We love KMcKay! And I've watched all of her Studio5 appearances! She has great ideas and I've used lots of her downloads! She's definitely worth checking out!
    Rebekah {All Thingz Related}

  2. Really Love this!!!! What a great idea...running to the store tomorrow!!

  3. I love the idea that you can change out the art depending on the holiday/season! Brilliant and so cute!

  4. Great idea!


    barbara jean

  5. That is so cute! Your photo skills are great because they look awesome and I love how you can change them out. Love it!! My hubby is buying some chicken wire this weekend for the garden I am going to steal some! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. very cool! I love that it is interchangable! : )

  7. omg... my kitchen is done with roosters.. you know I have to run and get supplies to make these!! thanks!

  8. what a freakin' cool idea!!!

  9. Love it!
    Following you over from Shabby Chic Cottage!
    I am a follower!
    Please stop by!

  10. Great idea to have an interchangeable frame for pictures, especially the holidays and seasons. I love that bunny print! You wouldn't happen to remember where you found that image?

  11. I love this. What a grate idea for holidays. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  12. What a cute idea!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting! I really appreciate it so much!!!


  13. I LOVE those frames....and all of the goodies and ideas! A pot of gold here today! LOVE the painted framed pieces best though. LOVE!!! That is so adorable! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday and sharing this week! I hope you will come back to visit me soon. If you haven't already, be sure to enter the giveaway.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  14. This is great. She did a wonderful job.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please come by next week for another great party.

  15. OM goodness-what a smart idea. The chicken wire makes a wonderful mat--thanks for linking up!

  16. This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  17. This is a wonderful project so many different ways to be used. Thank you


  18. This idea is just so clever...and filling the 'photo' part with seasonal works of art is just a perfect idea!!

    My Show n Tell is just Springtime Flowers in our Yard A nice treat after a long, cold winter!! Stop over and 'smell the roses' with me if you can! I'd love your company!!

  19. Oh my gosh, I love that! What a great idea!

  20. Great tute! Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

  21. Just love this!

  22. What a great idea. I love those old pics.

  23. That's AWESOME! I'm going to try that!


  24. This is awesome! Love those spaghetti jars too!!

  25. Love your chicken wire frame. You did a great job with it!

    Enjoy partying with you tonight.

  26. What a great idea!

  27. I love everything pictured. I need to get me some chicken wire! I love how everyone's been using it!

  28. I LOVE Kristine's blog! I visit it daily! I have these on my list of many things to do. Thanks!

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  29. Oh my gosh, HOW CUTE! Love it! You're so creative!

  30. Cuter in real life? That is so adorable in the pictures, I don't know if I could handle it getting any better. This is such a creative project!

    Thank you for linking this up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  31. Oh my....I absolutely love the chickenwire frame...what an amazing job. Super creative and so rustic chic!

  32. This is such a creative idea and I really love how you can interchange the images. I will have to check out her site right away. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


  33. What a cute idea. I love it! She is so talented!


  34. I am featuring this in today's wrap up!

  35. that is such a great idea...
    I'm off to make it!

    visit my blog when you have a chance


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