DIY Holiday Collage Home Decor

Posted by Jennifer Snyder

Create your own collage style home decor for the holidays. The wood frame from Crate Paper makes a perfect Christmas decoration.

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Create your own collage style home decor for the holidays. The wood frame from Crate Paper makes a perfect Christmas decoration.

This is such a versatile wooden frame. It can be used as a fun collage frame for photos, as a holiday or everyday decoration , or mix photos and decor together for a cool gift - something totally customized and personal .

I chose to use the frame as a piece of wall art or home decor. I'd like to share my step-by-step process with you today.

Products Used

Simple Stories Claus & Co. 12" x 12" Collection Kit

Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue - Christmas Red

Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue - Lime Green or seafoam

Crate Paper Wonder Wood Veneer Framework House

Beacons Glue - 3-in-1

Hemp String

Foam Tape

Simple Stories - Claus & Co Fundamental Cardstock Stickers (12x12 Collection kit)

Simple Stories - Claus & Co Wood Veneer Shapes

Simple Stories - Claus & Co Bits & Pieces Die-Cuts

American Crafts Gold Glitter Tape

Prima Marketing Flowers Victorian Christmas -Red Stocking

Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors NonStick

Cream/Ivory Cardstock

Here are a few more close ups before we start

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Let's see how I made this - Part One, Creating the Foundation of the House

I'm going to create a sort of patchwork collage effect using various journaling cards from the Simple Stories Claus & Co.collection. The collection is fun, bold and bright - just perfect for a festive piece. To get started, take the Crate Paper Wonder Wood Veneer Framework House out of the packaging and set the paper packaging to the side to use later in the process.

I'll focus on the various sized journal cards that came in the Claus & Co paper collection. But before I go randomly cutting papers and journal cards, I need a plan. I took the frame and laid it on top of the journal cards to see if they looked good and to make sure they would fit into the spaces. Once I was happy, I traced the frame section onto the journal card.

Tip! -Make sure you cut a little bit outside the pencil lines so your journal card will fit onto the back of the frame.

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Continue the process until you have filled all the compartments you want with journal cards. I left two cubbies for additional embellishments so I added plain ivory cardstock as a background on those compartments. If you want, you can fill some compartments with photos.

When you are done, all compartments should have something in them - journal cards , photos or plain cardstock.

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This photo shows how I used the journal card with Santa Claus and made it fit at the top of the frame.

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One you have covered all the spaces with journal cards, photos or cardstock, it's time to cover up the back of the house. The back of the house needs to be covered for a few reasons;

  • to hide all the messy journal cards and glue
  • add more structure and support to the journal cards
  • to create a way to hang the house on the wall

Dig out the paper packaging and punch or cut two holes in the packaging. String some twine through the packaging to be used as a hanger. Tape the twine securely on the back. Now it is ready to be glued in place and the back closed up. A strong glue like Beacons Glue - 3-in-1 is always my first choice when I am gluing things like home decor that need to be durable.

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Part Two, Embellishing

Simple Stories has a great collection of wood veneer embellishments that coordinate with the Claus & Co. collection. I used a few of the pieces as titles on my house. I left the wood in it's natural finish. The wood is clean and fresh looking so why cover it up?

Add some dabs of foam tape for dimension and extra interest.

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Next I grabbed some stickers that came in the Claus & Co. collection set to use as dimensional accents. I popped some foam tape on the back for more dimension.

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This next set of embellishments is custom made. I used the holly dies from Claus & Co Bits & Pieces die-cuts. I dabbed them with glitter glue and then layered them over some red holly leaves. You may want to use a strong glue like Beacons 3-in-1 for the layering.

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Add some pizzazz and sparkle to the project using strips of glitter tape. I tucked gold glitter tape under the die cuts.

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This is the finished project - a fun and festive piece of home decor.

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Happy Crafting.