I made these cute frames for my nephew and niece's bedroom at my parents' place - what do you think??
What you'll need:
- Your collection of items to display
- Shadow box picture frame(s)
- X-acto knife
- scissors or paper trimmer
- thick cardstock for template
- 1 white Bristol board
- Silicone or any strong (clear) glue
Step 1: Decide on what collection to display.
I used some adorable pins with owls and retro flowers that I found at the Buttons and Badges shop on Etsy, but you can use anything that can fit inside a shadow box frame, such as buttons, bottlecaps, seashells - whatever tickles your fancy, really.
Step 2: Pick a pattern.
If you're making more than 1 frame, decide on how to arrange your collection. For my pins, I had a few options: by type (owls, flowers), by color scheme, or randomly mixed. I went with color scheme: orange, blue, and green.
Step 3: Prepare the frame.
Because the frames come with a pre-cut mat, I had to make my own backing without a hole. Instead of paying a pretty penny for something custom-made, I bought a white bristol board and cut it to size, using the existing mat as a template. I used a paper trimmer to get a clean cut, but scissors work just fine.
Step 4: Make a template.
To avoid pencil scribblies all over your new mat and simplify the placement process for each frame, I strongly recommend that you make a template. I took some thick cardstock and, with a rule and pencil, played around with the spacing and alignment until I was happy with the layout. I opted for a simple and symmetrical layout: 4 pins X 4 pins.
I then traced my pins and used an X-acto knife to cut out the circles.
Step 5: Glue the pins to the mat.
With template superimposed on the matte side of the cut bristol board, I siliconed the back of a button and carefully placed it in the template hole, holding the pin down for a few seconds so that it adheres to the mat. Again, I used silicone because I had it handy at home, but any strong and clear glue should do the trick.
Repeat for all pins, until the finished sheet looks like this:
Step 6: Wait, then assemble.
You're almost done! Lay the completed sheets flat and let them dry for a couple of hours.
Then place the sheets in the frames, and voila! You now have custom wall art, ready to hang and and show off to your friends and family :)
Total Cost: approx. $63
I had a lot of the supplies handy, but this project basically cost me $30 for the frames, $30 for 75 pins (they came in packs of 25, though I only used 64 of them), and $3 for the Bristol board.