“The date on the calendar now officially states that the start of spring is here, but where I live in the Midwest, we are still waiting on the weather to catch up! My kids and I have been longing for warmer days, lots of sunshine and trips to the park, but have yet to receive any of that despite the fact that the first of spring has come and gone. Therefore, we have been forced to get an early start on our countdown to summer, where we are assured to have the nice weather and sunshine we are dreaming of. I put together this quick and easy summer countdown board, to help us track the remaining days to summer break, in a fun and festive way.” – Jaclyn Rench, Pebbles Design Team Member
The first step in this simple project is to gather your supplies. I pulled out lots of bright and colorful Pebbles papers, a few coordinating embellishments and a cheap 5×7 frame from IKEA to alter, and create the base for my project.
It’s important to measure the dimensions of your frame front, so you’ll know what size to cut your paper strips, that will cover the front panel on each of the four sides of the frame. Mine measured just under 1″ in width, 7″ in height on the vertical edges, and 5″ across the horizontal sides.
Be mindful of the finished look of the pattern on your paper when trimming your strips to fit your frame front. I cut my paper on the vertical line of the page, so more of the pattern and color would show.
The next step is to turn to your computer and basic word processing program to type up your text for inside the frame, which will sit under the glass surface. I created a simple text box in word that was the size of my frame, and printed it out onto white cardstock, leaving faint dashed guide marks to help me when trimming the final piece down.
Now it’s time to trim and insert the cardstock piece into the frame, as you would a picture, underneath the glass. Then you’ll want to lay out the patterned paper strips you’ve previously cut to get a feel for placement and alignment.
The paper strips can be adhered to the frame as is, but I like to miter the corners for a more finished and polished look.
If this is a project you’d like to hang on to and reuse each year, I suggest using a more permanent adhesive like Mod Podge to adhere your paper strips. I painted a thin layer of the adhesive onto my paper and frame, and even coated the top of each piece to ensure it stays put for repeated use.
After my adhesive dried, I used some washi tape from the Basics line to finish off the frames perimeter and add another fun pop of color.
Now it’s time to turn to that pile of embellishments you gathered at the start of the project, to dress up your frame even more, with a few dimensional layers. Lastly, you can turn to your calendar to figure out the official number of days until summer, and write it across your cute little frame with a dry erase marker.
Party with Amy Locurto Splash (751452)
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Basics Clothespins (747205)
Basics Honeycomb Washi Tape (747211)