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O Holy Night

Today is an appropriate day for this post. It's the winter solstice and tonight is the best view for the Christmas Star. The two largest planets in our solar system will be closer together than they have been in centuries, and it's happening just in time for Christmas— hence the nickname of the "Christmas Star." And while it's not an actual star, the two planets will certainly make a bright splash in the night sky—a holy night.

This 8 x 10 frame came in a box of misc vintage artwork. There was no art in this particular frame. It was this beautiful green color. Perfect for a Christmas project!

I thought about cutting a piece of wood to fit the frame, but then I pulled this sheet of rusty metal from my stash.

The rust complemented the color of the frame.

We used a Dremel to trim the metal sheet to 8 x 10 to fit the frame.

This artwork came from the the Silhouette library store. I downloaded the artwork and cut a sheet of gold vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo 3 device.

We sealed the rusted metal with a coat of polyurethane.

After it dried, we applied the vinyl. It stuck to the metal fairly well, but it was lifting in a couple of places. A coat of ModPodge solved that issue.

A new hanger was added to the back and it was finished. Overall it took less than an hour (if you don't include the drying time of the polyurethane or the ModPodge.

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