The best part of my nieces being in Texas for a while is that I get to see them. A lot. Another sweet part of it is that they feel motivated to make things for me. I love getting artwork from them!
Emily, who is 9, handed me a butterfly that she drew for me on one of her new canvasses she'd received for Christmas. Such a lovely gift deserves to be displayed. One problem: the canvas was a strange size of 9"x6". (Must be a weird British thing.) To get this properly matted and framed would be expensive because it would require custom matting. (Okay, so I could ask my Daddy to do it for me, but I really wasn't looking to go that fancy.)
We went to IKEA for some totally unrelated stuff, but I saw this 8.5"x11" frame in turquoise, which goes beautifully with the decor in my craft room. It was only $2 (and honestly looks it close up, but high on a wall... not so much), so I bought it.
Next I cut some coordinating scrapbook paper to fit the frame.
I used large glue dots to affix the canvas to the paper, then I put it all inside the frame.
I think it looks pretty nice like that! Next, I hung it on the wall above one of my butterfly batiks. (How serendipitous that I already had a butterfly theme going in the artwork in the room!)