Friday, December 28, 2012

DIY Keepsake Box & Frame Set

A keepsake is defined as a small item kept in memory of the person who gave it or originally owned it. These mementos hold the memories that we cherish, and are deserving of special keeping. This box and frame set would make a great gift for anyone with keepsakes.

Crafted by Bonnie
  • 12 In. x 12 In. Scrapbook Paper (Floral Print)
  • 12 In. x 12 In. Scrapbook Paper (Polka-Dot Pattern))
  • 4 — Dowel Caps (Feet)
  • Unfinished Box
  • Unfinished Frame
  • Acrylic Paint, for box, frame and feet 
  • Mod Podge
  • Gloss Varnish
  • Self Stick Gems
  • E-6000
  • Vinyl Saying
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Screw Driver (Small Phillips)
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors, Paper Trimmer or Craft Knife

Note: E-6000 is a very strong adhesive. Before you begin, be sure you are in a well-ventilated area.
  1. With screw driver remove clasp & hinges from box and set aside.
  2. Remove the backing from the frame and cover the glass with making tape to protect it from the paint.
  3. Using the foam brush, paint the box, frame and feet. Let dry.
  4. Cut floral paper to size to cover the sides of the box and the front of the frame.

    Tip: To cover an irregularly shaped surface with paper try tracing. Lay your paper (printed side down) on your work surface and lay the frame (face-down) on the paper. Take a pencil and trace the shape of the frame onto the paper. You will be able to cut out a perfectly shaped sheet for your frame.
  5. Cut polka-dot paper for top of box, inside of box and outer-edge trim around the frame.
  6. Mod Podge all paper pieces in place and seal with a top coat of Mod Podge. Let dry.
  7. Apply a coat of varnish to all surfaces and let dry.
  8. Cut a piece of paper to fit behind the glass on the top of the hinged box. Insert the paper behind glass and re-assemble.
  9. Replace the clasp and hinges that belong on the box 
  10. If adding feet, paint, varnish and let dry before adhering to box. Using E-6000 adhesive, glue four feet onto the bottom corners of the box.
  11. Add gems trim to frame: around photo opening and outer edge. To the box: around photo opening, around closure.
  12. If using a vinyl saying, apply to glass on the front of the box per package instructions.  

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