If you enjoy fun DIY desk top holiday decorations for the holidays, then the "Details to Enjoy" pocket frames and inserts from American Crafts make it super easy to customize them using your favorite craft supplies. The "Details to Enjoy" pocket frame kits from American Crafts are the perfect desk top decorations that come in two sizes. They are available in the 8"x10" frames and 6"x 5.5" frame size. The pocket frame has two tracks inside of the frame that you use to slide in the inserts. The American Crafts Details to Enjoy collection frames are sold stained or unfinished. The inserts are sold separately and vary by season. The top of each frame have two magnets on it that make it easy to remove and switch out the inserts.
I found both the frame and insert and insert at my local Tuesday Morning store at a great discount.
I love the truck insert but the white is limiting. I wanted it to be more versatile so I can decorate it with a Patriotic theme for the Fourth of July. Then I want to be able to use it to decorate for the holidays. I decided to use my favorite Plaid Folk Art paints to repaint the components so they would be more versatile for both holidays.
- American Crafts Details to Enjoy Collection Pocket Frame
- American Crafts Details to Enjoy Pocket Frame - Do It Yourself Truck Kit
- Folk Art Matte Acrylic Paint - Lipstick Red
- Folk Art Matte Acrylic Paint - Titanium White
- Folk Art Metallic Acrylic Paint - Silver Anniversary
- Folk Art Paint in a Dark Brown
- Sponge Brush
- Folkart Golden Talklon Base coating 1/2 Brush
- Adhesive or Glue Gun
- Elmer's Tac 'N Stik
- Jolee's Boutique Dimensional Stickers - God Bless America
- 2 Small Flags
- 2 paper straws
- 2 small plastic patriotic pinwheels
I did not like the grey background so I decided to paint the back side of the solid insert white. Using the Folk Art Matte Acrylic Paint in Titanium White and the Base coating brush, paint the solid insert. Allow an hour to dry between coats. I did three coats on my board.
Using the Folk Art Metallic Paint in Silver Anniversary and the brush, paint the fender silver. I did three coats to get the right amount of sheen to the fender.
Take the truck components and paint them using the Folk Art Matte Paint in Lipstick Red. I found using the brush worked better than using the sponge to avoid creating too much texture in the paint.
Once the red paint has dried, use a dark brown paint and dry brush the details on the truck to age it. Allow to dry.
Allow all the components to dry. Then begin by gluing down the larger truck piece and the black wheel piece to the back board. I used E6000 because it allows me time to move the pieces around to get them in the right spot before it dries.
Then glue the silver bumper on top of the black wheel base.
Then glue the tailgate above the bumper.
Leave the Jolee stickers on their plastic background. Cut around them so that they can be reused. Use the Elmer's Tack to adhere the stickers to the truck and solid white background.
Insert into frame.
Insert the flag sticks into the paper straws (if you don't have straws you can always paint them) and attach the patriotic pinwheels to the straws.
To finish, use the Elmer's Tack to attach the straws to the frame.
By using the Elmer's Tack, I can easily remove the stickers and flags to be able to redecorate it with a Christmas theme during the holidays. This saves me from having to purchase and store two different inserts.
FYI: You can find more Patriotic themed projects on the Plaid Website. Also, you can go the Details to Enjoy site to see what other types of kits they carry.