Let me just start by saying that I am very impressed with myself. :) When I first began my wedding planning, I stumbled upon the Road to the Aisle blog. I fell in love with so many of her DIY projects. I knew I would be doing the pocketfold invitations (so cute!) and I also knew that I would be doing the picture frame card box.
This past week, I decided it was time. So, on Friday night, Philip and I went shopping for supplies (and dog food, ha!). I didn't want to spend a ton, so I went to Dollar Tree. I love that place! I picked up some cheap 11x14 wooden frames. I wanted them in black, but they only had a natural wood color. I got them anyway.
Then we went to Michael's and I picked up a new hot glue gun and some glue sticks. Then it was on to Walmart where we picked up some photo mats, the 8x10 photos we wanted to use, some L brackets, some fabric, and some foam poster board. After that, we stopped by Lowe's and picked up a lazy susan so that the box could spin.
Saturday afternoon, I got started on the project. I started with painting the frames black. I just didn't want them to look like this:
And, I was really happy with the way they turned out. When the paint dried, I put the glass back in, put the mats in, and taped the photos to the mats. Then came the fun part. I broke out the hot glue gun and got to work. The Dollar Tree frames were pretty thin, so I couldn't just use the L brackets to screw the frames together. So, I hot glued them together. It required a bit of glue, but they held together very well.
Then I put the foam board on the bottom of the frames and glued it on using the L brackets.
Next, I put the lazy susan on the bottom... also using the hot glue gun.
Next I cut the foam board for the top. Then I cut the hole in foam board for the card entry. I found the center in both directions and then made a half inch slit across the top. Then I covered the top of the foam board with fabric. I attached the fabric using staples. Then I hot glued the edges down so that they wouldn't fluff up.
I thought it was too plain, so I found the navy blue ribbon that I used for the bottles of bubbles and created a pattern on the top.
Then I put 4 L brackets at the top to hold the top piece on. Then I put the top on the box and gave it a twirl. I think it looks fantastic! I am so proud of how it turned out. I really, really love it.
So, what do you think?