Here is a little wreath craft just in time for Christmas, but you can leave it up all year long. 🙂
- A picture frame
- A wreath
- Chalk paint (Sometimes it’s called “chalky finish” or “chalked” paint. It is different than “chalkboard paint,” although chalkboard paint would also be cute, without the wax.)
- Clear and dark waxes made for use over chalk paint.
- A small 3M Command Mini Hook
- Some fishing line
Our picture frame and wreath came from Target.
We used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue, Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear, and Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Dark, available locally at Knot Too Shabby (stores in Downtown Glendora Village and Old Town Monrovia).
- Take the glass out of the picture frame and Windex both sides as needed.
- Paint one side only of the glass with two or three coats of chalk paint, until you have a solid finish and can’t see the glass peeking through. You can apply each new coat as soon as the previous coat is dry-to-touch. This won’t take long.
- Go over the paint with a coat of clear wax made for use over chalk paint. (Don’t do the dark wax first.) Use a special round wax brush or a regular paint brush to swirl it on, and then wipe off the excess with a white paper towel.
- Swirl some dark wax (made for use over chalk paint) all over it, and then buff it with a paper towel or clean white cloth to get off the excess. (This waxing is really not an exact science. Read all the directions on the cans of wax. They are very informative.)
- Finish it off with another coat of the clear wax, and wipe off the excess. Be careful when you’re buffing, and don’t forget there is glass under the paint. 🙂
- Put the glass back in the picture frame with the painted side facing out.
- On the back of the frame at the top, stick a small Command hook upside-down. (Make sure you use a small, flat Command hook, so that it doesn’t stick out farther than the hanging hardware on the back of the frame.)
- Cut yourself a long piece of fishing line, loop it around the wreath, and tie the ends a few times so the knot doesn’t come undone.
Hang the fishing line from the upside-down hook on the back and position the wreath on the front of the frame.
- Stand back and enjoy your pretty framed wreath.