Look what my amazing friend showed me! Isn't she fabulous! She was kind enough to let me pick through her stash of letters so I could create one too! I LOVE how the letters pop with color. Her husband is a photog fanatic so she has amazing photos with it too! She deserves a prize! lol
I decided to attempt to do mine the opposite of hers. She did color blocks with Black and White photos... So.. I will do Black blocks with Color photos! Along the way I did a few changes in case... I wanted to change it! Read on to see!
First you need to gather a bunch of different letters. We used fridge magnets and wooden blocks in a giant jumble! Do you see the largest ones? They are Fiberglass letters! She found them at a garage sale, but her son got frustrated with them cause the set was missing some letters. THE ARE MY FAV!!! Arrange them how you would like your crossword to look. I used our names and the word family. You could add in other words if you need. They kinda help with connecting the names. Don't forget to take a picture so you have something to refer back to!!!!
The frame was 2 bucks at the thrift store. I was being picky cause I didn't want it to be to heavy! Funny... this is one case where the picture looks MUCH better than the original. I was going to peel off the rest of the fun white laminent, but... some didn't want to come off. So instead...
I then cut the cardboard slightly smaller than the pics would be. I got the silver brackets to help hold the cardboard and glass better. The staples were pretty weak. I had to cut the cardboard a little so the brackets would fit. I didn't factor in the cardboard when I bought them... Oops! But... that glass ain't wigglin' no more!
Last I simple figured out which pictures I wanted to use and where I wanted them to go. I slid them in between the glass and the cardboard, using scrapbook squares to stick them down. And DONE! I think. Here is my finished product! I'm trying to decided if it needs a ribbon around the inside of the pictures. I love it the way it is, but... just seems like it's missing something there? I was going to a faux mat with the pictures. Hmm..
Here is a finished view from the side so that you can see the difference in all the blocks. I wish I had a better camera! This turned out so much cuter than the picture here. Rgg...
Total Cost: $8.50Letters - Free from a friend
Frame - 2.00 from thrift store
Fabric & Glue - Had on hand
Black spray paint - 3.25 for 2 bottles