Shabby Chic Door Frame
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Shabby Chic Door Frame

Preserve your special memories in this unique shabby chic frame.

Designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc. courtesy of Elmer's.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Elmer's® Foam Board, Black on Black, 20" x 30" x 1/2"
  • Elmer's® CraftBond™ Quick Dry Glue Dualtip Pen
  • Elmer's® CraftBond™ Glue Tape Runner - Permanent
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" x 12" Self Healing Cutting Mat
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series Retractable Knife
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series 9" Paper Trimmer
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" Metal Ruler
  • Design Master® ColorTool® Spray Color: Vanilla and Dark Chocolate
  • Quick Quotes® Powder Puff chalking ink, "Amaretto" (brown)
  • 10 ft. of 3/4" wide wood trim
  • Old metal door knob and plate (approx. 2 1/2" x 7 1/2")
  • 20" square brown kraft paper (optional)
  • Old white candle
  • Four 5" x 7" black & white photos
  • Miter Saw
  • Low Heat Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Sand Paper
  • Transparent Tape
  • (2) Large Paper Clips
  • Newspapers
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Wire (optional)

Project Instructions

Use Metal Ruler and pencil to measure and mark 20" x 20" square on Foam Board. Use Retractable Knife (with new blade) on Self Healing Cutting Mat to cut. (Hint: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.)

On Foam Board panel, measure and lightly draw lines for openings as follows, going from left to right: 5 3/4", 4 1/2", 2 1/2", 4 1/2", 2 3/4" and going from top to bottom: 2 1/4", 6 1/2", 2 1/2", 6 1/2", 2 1/4". Cut four 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" openings.

Set up miter box at 45-degree cutting angle. Measure, mark and cut wood trim into mitered lengths that would make four frames with inside openings of 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Lightly sand cut ends. Use Quick Dry Glue Dualtip Pen to glue lengths to Foam Board panel, with cut openings aligning with insides of wood lengths. Let dry.

Hot glue knob to door plate. (If necessary, also use wire to secure.) Hot glue plate to Foam Board panel, centered in area to left of framed openings.

In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered work area, apply Dark Chocolate to front, door handle/plate and all foam edges. Let dry. To later allow for easy removal of paint in distressed areas, rub candle all along edges, on surfaces of wood, raised areas of door handle and plate and in random spots on flat areas. Spray 2 – 3 coats Vanilla on front, door handle and all foam edges. (Note that foam edges will lighten but not turn totally vanilla.) Let completely dry.

To distress, use sand paper to gently sand along edges and wax-covered areas, removing Vanilla layers to reveal Dark Chocolate. (Refer to photo.) Wipe off dust and lightly go over sanded areas with brown chalking ink.
Use 9" Paper Trimmer to cut apart photos and trim as needed, leaving them at least 1/4" larger than openings. On back, position each photo in opening and use transparent tape to hold. Optional: To cover back of frame, cut kraft paper 19 1/2" square and use Glue Tape Runner along edges. Attach to back, covering photo backs.

For hangers, on back measure and mark 2 1/2” down from top and 1 1/2" in from each side. At each mark use craft knife to make 1/4" long, shallow horizontal slits. Carefully insert knife blade into each slit, angled up toward top and remove. Slightly separate curved ends of paper clips 1/4". Insert shorter rounded ends up into slits, creating hanger loops with longer ends of paper clips.