Saturday, March 22, 2014

DIY Travel Memory Frame {Mod Podge with a Purpose}



I have never hidden that I am a fan of mod podge. I loved the technique as a child and it is one that my daughter can easily use. {So, it keeps her busy--no complaints here!} Whenever we travel, we inevitably end up with gobs of brochures, pamphlets, etc. I hate giving up these items because they spark memories of the wonderful trip we took. However, keeping mounds and mounds of paper just is not feasible. So, I have been trying to incorporate these items into crafts. Reuse and repurpose! In the past, I used mod podge to make a Travel Memory Box--cute and functional! This week my daughter and I worked on another mod podge travel project---a Travel Memory Frame. This is a fun little project and leaves you with a nice memento of your travels.

What you need:

Cardboard {your desired size}
School glue
Scissors
Brochures, tickets and other paper travel memorabilia
Water
Foam brush
Matte spray


Directions:


First, cut your cardboard to your desired size. Next, cut out the pictures from your brochures, etc., that you would like to put on your frame. Remember, some will be covered when you put on your photo. Then, prepare your glue. I used a 1 part water to 3 parts glue ratio. Glue each piece to your cardboard and paint glue mixture over each piece after affixing. You may wish to set up your layout before. Be sure to smooth out any bubbles as you go.

After we covered our frame with little snippets from our trip to Iceland, we let it dry. After it dried, I sprayed it with our matte finish spray and let it dry. Then, we glued on our picture. You also could mod podge the picture on depending on the type of paper it is printed on. Next, I glued a sturdy yet bendable strip of cardboard to the back so that we could stand up our "frame."

 
 
Variations:
 
Alternatively, you could use your mod podge creation as matting in a frame. Also, you could neaten the edges by using some crafting tape. I went with more of the raw look because this was a project my daughter was working on. There is just something about a more rustic look, anyway!
 
Really easy and fun! Now, we have our own personalized memento from our trip! This is a good one for the kids to work on when they get home from an adventure!
 
 
 


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