Giggles and Glue Guns

DIY Feature Art Wall and A Snazzy Sangria Recipe

I’m doing this little ditty called The Mr. Kate Web Show. There will be around 8 episodes coming out errr, I think. Here’s the first webisode which I thought was perfect for the Glue Guns and Giggles with Mr. Kate column because in it I do a really cheap and easy home decor DIY with some flea market frames and Hipstamatic prints. I also demo a spiced sangria recipe. What more could you need!? Oh, you want me to sing and dance? Fine, I do that too, in 5 inch heels and a tutu.

DIY Feature Art Wall

What You’ll Need:

  • Cheap, empty frames from flea markets, thrift stores, bargain barns, etc. Don’t pass up the broken ones either. You’ll be amazed what a little wood glue can do!
  • A couple cans of spray paint in colors of your choosing. This is an optional step. If the frames are already rad sans paint then skip this step! They sell spray paint at Kmart. Fact.
  • A tarp
  • Hammer and nails
  • A sampling of your favorite photos printed off your home computer. Heavy card stock paper is recommended but not essential.
  • Thumb tacks
  • A friend with accurate eyeballs

Do It:

  • Pick out the frames you want on your feature wall and experiment with the layout of the frames on a patch of floor, roughly the same size as your feature wall.
  • Once you’ve decided which frames to paint what color, lay your frames face up on the tarp in a well ventilated area (that means outside people!)
  • Spray your frames with your schmancy colors.
  • Let dry for about an hour. Apply a second coat if needed.
  • Cut your photos out: the Hipstamatic prints are great because they come with a border to guide you. There are also programs like and Camera Bag that make any layman’s photos look sweet.
  • Start hanging your frames in the order which you previously decided during your floor rehearsal. Use a friend to help you eyeball the spacing, no measuring necessary! A single nail usually does the trick since they’re empty frames aka light as a taco shell.
  • Once all the frames are up, use thumb tacks to attach all of your cut-out photo prints onto the wall within the frame surrounds. Tack all four corners of each print to avoid curling.

Done! Bellissimo!

Spiced, Cheap and Low Glycemic Sangria Recipe

  • 1 bottle of cheap red wine
  • A splush of Cointreau
  • 2 splushes of brandy – more if you want to get crunk
  • 2 splushes of sparkling water – to taste, depends on how fizzy you want it
  • 1 grapefruit sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 lime sliced
  • A good drizzle (about 1/4 cup) of agave for sweetness – lower glycemic than sugar aka better for you and less hangover potential!
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon for some spice
  • About 5 to 10 cloves for some snazz

Combine all that jazz in a big bowl, mix, let it sit for a couple hours in the fridge and serve over ice! Yum-tastic!

Kate Albrecht, aka Mr. Kate, guides, informs and inspires with DIY’s for your home and wardrobe. Oh, she cooks and designs jewelry, too!
Twitter: @MrKateDotCom




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