As I was making my samples a couple of months ago for Papertrey's February release and creating with their patterned papers and some lightweight chipboard coasters - I discovered something neat (and new to me!) - my Spellbinders Nestabilities dies cut through the coasters!
The wheels began to turn and after some experimenting I ended up making picture frames out of the coasters - and of course what better way to decorate them than to use Papertrey's patterned papers?
I will show you step-by-step with pictures just how I made this frame and just how easy they are to make!
**Note - make sure you are using LIGHTWEIGHT coasters for this project - anything heavier will not cut with the Nestabilities dies**
I then adhered the paper to each side of one of the coasters.
**I use Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere pretty much everything I make. The paper doesn't need to be fully covered with adhesive either - I do a thin line around the edge and a little scribble of glue down the middle and it's good to go.
Another reason why I love using this glue is because it gives me a little "wiggle room" - after I apply the paper to the coaster I can slide it around a bit to get it in place before the adhesive dries.**
After adhering the papers to the coaster set it aside to be used later.
I took the second coaster and 2 different Nestabilities dies - the largest Scalloped Square in the Classic Square Small set and a plain square die.
the "compatibility chart" (how to use different die cutting machines with the Nestabilities Dies) can be seen here.
**Make sure to use SMALL pieces of tape - being that they're made of paper the coaster will tear if you use too much tape because the pressure of the die-cutting machine "super adheres" the tape to the coaster!**
**The little pen squiggle was made by me - I had marked the center of the coaster to better aid me in lining up the dies.**
**NOTE - do NOT throw away the center piece when you remove the dies - set it aside as it comes in handy later on!**
**I DID make an attempt at adhering the paper to the coaster BEFORE cutting it - but it made it too thick for the Nestabilities dies to cut through - so the coaster and the paper MUST be cut separately.**
Notice I didn't use the square die in the center of the paper - it is too difficult to line it up to the coaster - so I did something else that's quick and easy:
I don't use my craft knife very often (it's been MONTHS) but this was really quick and easy to do as it's 4 straight lines and you following the opening in the coaster.
**Again do NOT throw away the square of paper that is left from cutting out the "window" - you will need it soon!**
You now have a picture frame! I slipped in a piece of white card stock to see better ----- that's why adhesive is only applied to 3 sides - the 4th is left clean to be able to USE the frame and slide in and out the pictures/stamped images etc!
My dilemma though was how could I make it more like a real picture frame - as in give it the ability to stand on it's own? Well that's where the "extra" piece of coaster and "extra" piece of patterned paper come in :o)
Lining up the square like this I cut both sides of the coaster **NOTE - the cutter will NOT cut all the way through**.
**Again it will NOT cut all the way through - and this is what you want. You do NOT want to cut the end off - just to make a slight cut into the coaster so that it will bend easier**
I decorated it with a few buttons from my stash (I used really thin strips of paper to "finish" the buttons), and added a stamped image and sentiment from Papertrey's new Father Knows Best set.
What I LOVE about these little frames is not only are they simple to make - they are cheap too! The coasters can be found at several different online stores (I got mine from ATS - 20 coasters for $2), and it only uses 1/3 of a sheet of 12x12 patterned paper - you can get 3 picture frames from one 12x12 sheet! So with one pack of Papertrey's 12x12 patterned paper you could make 36 coaster picture frames!!
And just to mix things up a bit I also did one a little different - instead of making it a stand-up frame - I punched 2 holes in the top (the Crop-a-Dile works like a charm for this - cuts through the layers of coaster and paper like butter) and strung the frame onto a length of Papertrey Spring Moss Twill Ribbon.
A few more buttons and another stamped sentiment from the Father Knows Best set and it's done!
Not only will these make great little gifts, but think of the possibilities!
-done in the wedding colors these could be great with the centerpieces at the wedding reception with pictures of the happy couple. And the guests could take them home with them after.
-teachers gifts - they're affordable and easy to mass produce if you have to make several.
-baby showers - make several frames with the baby's picture in them and on the back you can adhere a paper with all the important info (birth date, weight etc etc) typed on it.
-and I'm sure there are tons more you could do!
EDITED TO ADD: Lynda left a comment with a GREAT idea: I've made frames from coasters but never this adorable- try putting magnet strips in the back for refrigerator magnets and sometime I adhere these to front of inexpensive canvas albums to make them more personal.
LOL I NEVER thought of magnets *smacks forehead* - how cute would that be? And these frames are so lightweight that a couple strips of magnet (you can get it at Michaels) on the back would hold them up no problem - and just think - that would be a GREAT way to give the wallet-size school pictures to other family members!!
I had a lot of fun creating these and I hope y'all enjoyed my instructions so that you can make them too!
STAMPS: Father Knows Best Stamp Set.
INK: Spring Moss (PT), Versafine Onyx Black.