Our guest blog today comes from our friend, Hannah. You may remember her from our posts: Save the Date and What to Gift Your Wedding Party. Hannah is a make up artist, a director, a photographer, and an all around crafty person. What does she not do? Today, she has offered to share one of her many talents with us and all of you. So with out further ado … we turn this blog post over to our guest blogger and friend, Hannah.  
 
Written by: Hannah
 
I got the idea to make this decorative framed letter after perusing Pinterest for something to make my boyfriend for a housewarming gift. (We all know that crafting for dudes is near impossible!) However,  “letters” seemed to be a huge trend all across the board (no pun intended) and while at Michael’s one day (AKA: the Mothership) I came across these super cool big wooden letters. I picked one up and was taken back by how LIGHT it was! As a paper craft lover, this got me excited and I was immediately inspired to make a craft around this letter. I then rushed to the open backed frame section (Michael’s has the coolest frames in my opinion), and then raced over to the paper aisle to find some manly paper to match my guy’s newly painted loft. A decorative famed letter?! Perfect. 
 
Crafting for girls is a cake walk. We usually like anything with flowers, glitter, cupcakes, cats … need I say more? So, I knew making one of these bad boys for a girl would be a piece of cake. So enough of the cake talk (because now I’m getting hungry) and let’s get on with some helpful hints on how to whip one of these up.  They make GREAT gifts!
 
Craft time: 25 minutes
 
Supplies you’ll need:
– A light wooden letter (it needs to be light because if it’s too heavy it will rip off the paper)
– Frame
– Paint 
– Paintbrush (duh, unless you want to finger paint it)
– Pretty paper 
– Wood glue (for the letter)
– Rubber Cement glue (for the paper)
– Scissors / paper cutter
– Black ink pad
– Embellishments (jewels / rhinestones, lace, stickers … you name it!)
– Glue gun (I feel like a glue gun should always be nearby when crafting. Ya never really know when you’re gonna need that kinda strength!)
 
PRE Step:
Pick a “theme” or a color scheme for your piece. I suggest starting with finding the paper first and then basing your embellishments and paint colors around that.
 
 
Step 1: 
Lay out all the goods. It’s nice to see all your supplies spread out in front of you to remind you of what you’re working with. You can even do a mock up of what you want it to look like before you start!
 
 
Step 2:
By now, you should have some sort of game plan for what you’re gonna do. Paint the letter. You’ll want to do this right away so your paint is dry by the time you’re ready to glue that sucker on!
 
 
Step 3:
Cut your paper to fit the size of the frame. I usually use the faux picture that comes inside the frame when you buy it and glue my paper onto that. You can also use a slightly thicker piece of card stock or cardboard however. Then glue all your paper down to get your base goin’.
 
Step 4: 
Try some ripping techniques as you layer your papers down. It’s best to rip the paper in a way that you see some of the white. I like to get creative with layering paper and lining the ripped paper with a black ink pad has been a signature touch to most of my crafting projects. It gives it a vintage, edgy touch.
 
Step 5:
Glue your painted letter onto the paper (it should be dry by the time you get to this step) and start adding your embellishments!
 
Step 6:
The final touch: Rhinestones make any craft a better craft. Never forget that. 
 
Once everything is all glued on, put that little beast into the frame! Be sure to take out the glass on the frame too. The letter has some dimension to it and will most likely not fit properly into the frame with the glass in it.
 
And there ya go! A fun and super easy craft! Remember, there is no wrong way to do this! So have fun with it!
 
– Hannah Lux Davis
www.hannahluxdavis.com – personal portfolio (blog coming soon!)
 
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Thank you Hannah for this amazing DIY tutorial. Readers, if  any of you would like to be our next guest blogger, we would love to include your projects in our blog. You can contact us by posting a comment below or emailing us at sidebyside.design@yahoo.com .
 
 
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