You never know when a design idea can be helped along with a simple IKEA hack!
This weekend we had the final performances and cast party for the play that Brian’s been directing over the last two months! The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was a success and a blast for all involved, and we wanted to send the crew away with a personal and meaningful cast gift. We thought a photo of the cast and crew would be nice, but we also wanted the gift to reflect the play itself. After a few rounds of brainstorming, we came up with these beauties:
Here’s the front.
Looks kind of like a book, right? Then you open this bad boy up… and boom!
Inside is your cast and crew photo, plus a space for souvenir signatures and messages on the inside!
Though it probably seems like a lot of work (especially if you’re making 20 of them), these are simple to make and turned out to be a hit among our group of thespians.
- a 10 x 15 cm IKEA Fiskbo picture frame
- a 14 x 18 cm piece of material for the cover – thin MDF, wood, or even cork
- small hinges & tiny nails
- super glue
- washi tape
- a printed image for the front cover
- a printed photo to put inside
- ModPodge or other clear sealant
Buy extra materials! You’ll want to experiment in order to find out what works best with the materials you’re using.
- First, paint your cover material to complement the color of your frame, then use nails or super glue to attach the front cover to the front of the frame.
- Use the washi tape to line the “bound” edge of the cover to create the appearance of a book binding. Glue down the edges of the washi tape, as it’s not made to stick permanently.
- Next glue your “book cover” design onto the front. You’ll want to seal the entire cover with ModPodge or another sealant to protect your work.
- Finally, install your photo into the frame, and you have a finished product! In our case, Metallic Sharpie stands out nicely against the black paint on the signatures page.
That’s it! I designed this IKEA hack to
- be constructed with readily available materials, and
- hold meaningful personal value for the gift’s recipients.
How else could you adapt this book-related craft to meet your own needs and ideas?