Changing Horses Midstream

This post doesn’t have anything to do with horses, but the title is apt.  I was going to Mod Podge the frame as a gift, and didn’t pay enough attention when I bought my materials.  I was disappointed to discover that the glass didn’t come out but was affixed permanently and so I was going to have to work around it.  In addition it wasn’t “glass” but some sort of plastic or acrylic, so it wasn’t going to be as easy to clean without scratching or ruining.  Wonderful!

I’m not going to go into great detail, since I didn’t take photos along the way and most of it was just tedious stuff and things I don’t really like doing.  I had to cover the glass so I could spray paint the wood frame, as I was afraid it would soak too much Mod Podge.   I used the paper that came with the frame and cut it in pieces to fit in the front “glass” areas.  Then I sprayed 2 coats of black paint on the wood and let that dry overnight.  I ended up leaving the paper over the “glass” while I did my Mod Podging because I figured that would be a real mess to get off of the plastic.

After that was dry I let my husband cut the paper out with an Exacto, (I could have done it but he offered and he has s steadier hand).  As it was, the edges weren’t very neat on the inside, so I had to “change horses midstream”.  I hadn’t planned to do anything on the inside of the edges, but they didn’t look very good.  I decided to use hot glue and put some gold piping I had in my stash around them.  Another tedious thing, but it turned out “okay”.  Of course I got hot glue all over the “glass” which was a minor pain to clean off.

Finally done, but I won’t do another one with glass that is not removable.  I’ll check from now on.  BTW I do love the paper I used for this.  It’s actually a Christmas tissue paper I got about 10 years ago and it’s almost all gone.  I love it because it ends up looking very Americana instead of Christmasy.  Oh, and I almost forgot.  I sprinkled a little glitter onto the frame after each coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.  I love the glittery look.


And now, on to Handmade Monday!  I’m sure everyone there planned out their crafts better than I did.  Let’s go see.  🙂


  1. Wendy says:

    It’s gorgeous – and don’t we all live and learn with projects? I like how something can go wrong and be rescued and sometimes ends up better for it. Oh, and planning? What’s that?

    • Susie says:

      I am not a very good plan ahead person anyway. I generally just start out and see where it goes. And sometimes it goes into the trash! 🙂 And thank you.

  2. handbagsbyhelen says:

    Nice work and such lovely colour combination.

  3. Again another example of some with more patience than I. I would have given up part way through. However it has finished looking lovely. And the glitter effect is stunning.

    • Susie says:

      I don’t have patience for other things tho. Especially if I feel I have no skill, or if they require a great learning curve. And thank you. I did like the glitter too. They make Mod Podge with glitter in it, but I’ve never tried it.

  4. Hannah says:

    it turned out great! sounds like you leaned a lot. 🙂

  5. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together….even if you don’t think so at the time.
    Lovely colours you have used, it’s turned out great.

  6. Caroline says:

    So much better than when you started, love the colours

  7. Lau W says:

    Oh a superb creation again ! Fabulous, love the colors !
    Hugs and kisses !

  8. Martha says:

    well, it may caused you some disappointment or distress but overall the effect looks satisfying 🙂 you did well!
    i like the sparkly accents on your frame.
    never tried mod podge myself but it sounds interesting.

  9. Gorgeous colours and the effects look great. Hope you have a good week.

  10. Pickle-Lily says:

    What a labour of love, but it looks incredible! You must have a very steady hand as well, sticking down that gold piping! Have a good week, Jo x

    • Susie says:

      I really do not. I had to use a stick (it’s part of my silver clay working tools, don’t tell anyone!) And with the hot glue I had to work fast.

  11. CatkinJane says:

    The finished frame looks great, might have been more work than you intended but at least the result was something worth having 🙂

  12. fatmonica says:

    It looks great!I’m glad you were able to salvage it-love the colour of the paper.

  13. Melanie says:

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I think your frame looks lovely, very glittery for Christmas!

  14. Susie says:

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by. If you have not played with Mod Podge you should try it, it’s fun, it’s easy and there are so many different things you can do with it. I’m always finding ways to play with it.

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