Window screen (I bought a roll of charcoal colored fiberglass screen at Home Depot for less than $7)
Stencil (I cut paper with my Cougar–you can use any diecut machine or even scissors to cut your design)
Frame (no glass or back needed)
Cut a piece of screen (I cut the fiberglass kind with regular scissors) a little larger than your frame size.
Place a paper towel down on your work surface, then layer with screen and then stencil. You can use a bit of tape to secure the stencil to the screen.
Brush paint onto the screen–you don’t need a lot of paint as you’re not trying to fill in each of the tiny spaces. Lift up the stencil and let paint dry.
When paint is dry, attach the mesh to your frame. I used hot glue and pressed it down into the inside edge of the frame.
Here they are all displayed on my entry table. We don’t have a mantel in our house, but I love that I can decorate this one table, and then anyone who visits our house will see it. I don’t even have to decorate the whole house and I still feel festive.
In addition to the screens I have a Dollar Tree crow, some white painted pumpkins and a black wreath. It was inspired by one I saw at Target and I simply spray painted a twiggy wreath black, made some spiral paper roses with black beads in the middle and glued them to the wreath. I opted to only cover a small section with the paper roses. I’ll tell you that it was so the creepy-twisty-twiggy-ness of the wreath would be seen, but really it was because I didn’t want to spend the time covering the whole thing!
So what about you–are you a whole-house decorator? Or do you have one sweet spot that you focus on?