Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

It’s January in Virginia and so it’s cold outside.  Really cold outside.  A little over a week ago, we had temps in the single digits.  They closed the schools just because of the “unprecedented cold weather.”  There was a lot of debate among people here in the area on whether it was necessary to close the schools just because of the cold, and I’m sure the folks in Minnesota think we’re a bunch of wimps (and they’re probably right).

Complaining about the cold weather doesn’t do any good so instead I decided to do some crafting  because that always makes me feel better!!!!

The mantel was looking a little sparse without the Christmas decs so I decided to decorate it with a winter white theme.  I also decided we needed twinkle lights because I get sad when all the Christmas lights get put away.  I think that we should have lights up all year round.  I really do.
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I stumbled upon the white flower candle holders at Home Goods.  They were only $6 each.  Score!!!!  Even though they’re flowers I thought they went well with the winter white theme.  And actually, when you’re standing far away, they almost look like snowflakes.

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I was also inspired by the cold weather to make the “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sign.  Okay, maybe inspired isn’t the right word but I do really like the song.

I worked hours and hours to white-wash the wood frame and paint  the words on the sign.   Are you impressed?  Actuuuuuallly….. I’m teasin’, I  bought the frame like that and made the insert on my computer in Power Point!

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Below is my tutorial on how I did this project, but let me warn you it gets a little overly complicated because I used an 11 x 14″ frame so I had to  jigger 2 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper together to make the sign insert.   It would have been a lot simpler to just use an 8 x 10″ frame and  1 sheet of paper!!!

If you’re interested in the sordid details of how I did this for the 11 x 14″ frame, read on below!   However, if you want to go the simpler route (which I recommend highly!), I made a similar printable of an 8 1/2 x 11″ pdf that you can put in an 8 x 10″ frame.  Click here for the free printable:  Baby It’s Cold Outside 8.5 x11 Printable.

FRAMED WHITE-WASHED “BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE POSTER (for 11″x14” frame)

Supplies Needed :

Frame / Foam Board / Computer / Printer / two 8 1/2×11″ sheets of white card stock paper / snowflake  / double-side clear tape

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1) Make backing for the poster:   I already had the open frame that I purchased from Michael’s around Thanksgiving to use with our  Give Thanks banner that we did in Week 45 of last year.   The frame didn’t come with any glass or backing so I had to figure out a way to make a sturdy enough poster backing that would fit behind the frame.   Tom suggested attaching the poster to  foam board because it would be sturdy but also easy to take in and out.  Smart guy!  Here he is cutting the foam board to size for me.

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The frame opening was 11×14″ so we cut the foam board just a hair smaller all the way around so that it would fit properly into the frame without bending.  You want it to be snug, but not too snug or it will bend when you insert it.  IMG_0016

2) Create / print your poster.   For the poster,  I didn’t want to have to buy anything special and was aiming to just use 8-1/2″x11″ card stock white paper that I had at the house.  My poster was slightly complicated by the fact that my frame opening was 11″.x14″.  So I had to use 2 sheets of the 8-1/2″x11″ card stock, turn them in landscape orientation and cut off about an extra 3 inches, for example:

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If you’re using and 8″x10″ frame, you could just use one 8-1/2″x11″ sheet and cut off the little bit of excess on the edges.  Since I had to cut my card stock, that’s why I selected the white-wash wood background.  Aside from the fact that I like that background, the cut marks don’t show!

So to make my poster, I  found a white-washed wood image that I liked and reoriented it so the lines ran horizontal,  I then added the   “Baby It’s Cold Outside” text in Power Point.  I left a space for the snowflake after “it’s.”    Next, I printed the sheets out, lined them up with my frame to figure out where to overlap them,  and then off cut the excess.  I will be honest with you and tell you that it took some experimenting on where to position the text on the cards and where they needed to be overlapped and joined up:

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3) Attach your poster to the foam board and glue on your snowflake:  After cutting my paper, I flipped them over and put on the double sided tape and attached them to the foam board. Then I hot-glued on the snowflake.  I fortunately had a snowflake on hand that we had purchased from Home Goods.  You could make your own by finding an image online, or drawing one, and then applying glitter to it.

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4)  Admire your new framed art!:

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You can’t even tell where I cut the paper, can you? Tricky, right?!

The other cool thing about this method (using the foam board backer) is that it fits just snug enough into the frame that you can pop it in and out easily.  I’m envisioning several different posters in our future…

In the meantime friends, stay warm !!!!

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