Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fridge Frames


Fridge frames for the artwork and information that must be posted on the fridge.

I created a template/pattern on poster board. Starting with the measurements of the center or opening I wanted. This opening was 7 1/4" x 4 1/4". Then free handed a frame shape around the opening. Once my template was cut out and could serve as a pattern, I traced it with sharpie on to foam board.

I cut out the shape with an X-acto knife. Using a cutting board under the foam board so I wouldn't mess up my already messed up table.

Once it was all cut out and I was happy, I gave it a good spray of spray adhesive. I hate spray adhesive! It works well for adhering scrap book paper to the foam board though. Press on your paper, smoothing out any bubbles or wrinkles. If your paper has a pattern make sure it's straight.

With your X-acto knife trim off the excess paper using the edge of the foam board frame as your guide. Working from the back side, works best that way.

It should look like this.

On the inside cut a large X in the paper where the opening is. This allows you to fold your paper over the inside edges and make it pretty.

Like this.

Using a medium to heavy grit sandpaper you can file the edges of the paper. Any excess you didn't trim perfectly with your knife will be sanded off. It also adds a little "weather" to your paper.

Fold those inside flaps in, trim any excess, secure with glue, and hold in place until dry.

Paint the edges of the foam board with any color acrylic paint you like. I used brown. Using your finger to wipe off any excess that gets onto the paper, this gave me some brown up over the edges. Just what I wanted. I also splattered the whole thing.

Glue magnetic strips around the back opening.

Display crazy good 1st grade art.

The lunch menu.

Whaaa la fridge frames. Cuteness and order to your refrigerator.

Remember when measuring your opening, leave room for the magnet strips to hold your paper in place. In other words, if your paper is regular size 8 1/2" x 11", make your opening a wee bit smaller.

I'll be linking up HERE and to TCB.


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42 comments:

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are wonderful! What a great way to display things neatly!

McFarland-Higgins family said...

I LOVE these because I have a serious stuff-on-the-fridge aversion, and clutter all my drawers up by sticking it in there. I will definitely be making these!

Danielle said...

What a great idea!

1ne Proud Mama said...

I TOTALLY dig this idea.

My problem - Finding any time to do anything other than clean, take care of babies, and take pictures! LOL!

Marissa said...

Wow! Love this idea!!! I will immediately have to go buy foam core so that I can make me some. I love how it cleans up and glams all those not-so-pretty necessities we have to keep posted on the fride.

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Those are great! Love them!

Ashley Tremaine said...

I LOVE LOVE this!! Great job....super cute!

Lisa said...

Super Idea! I am going to try this!

Ashley said...

WHAT? In-genius! Super cute, great idea to spruce up the kitchen! LOVE!
Thanks for linking up!!

JENNY K. said...

Adorable idea! These may be in my future!

Lindsay C said...

This is soo cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

These are really cute! I love the shapes and the papers you chose are terrific for toning down an out of control fridge (mine, not yours) :)
xoxo,
Amy

Jennifer said...

Love it!

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

What a great idea and they look sooo cute!

Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered: http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2011/02/dove-chocolate-discoveries-giveaway.html

~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

Lori said...

SO great! I am going to have to add this to my file to make sometime. I love it! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. I hope you stop by again soon!

AllieMakes! said...

LOVE this! You did a wonderful job! And your tutorial is great!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Build It, Love It, Sew It said...

Great Tute! FABULOUS IDEA! Can't wait to make one. Its nice to have a cute fridge! Darling!

Builditsewitloveit.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I LOVE this!! I'm already planning to make some cute magnets for my giant chalkboard wall, and I think I'm going to make these, too. I'll have to come back and share the link when I get it all done. Thanks for sharing!!

http://lissalaneous.blogspot.com

Reginia said...

Oh my heavens these are a fabulous idea. So cute - totally gonna add this to my make-one-day list!

TidyMom said...

FABULOUS idea!! I LOVE it!

Thanks for linking up!

Rebecca said...

Very cute & easy enough to do. I also really like the owl drawing in one of the frames.

AmieAnn said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE these! So awesome to have custom frame to display stuff on the fridge!

TidyMom said...

Thanks again for linking up!! I featured your post on my wrap up post! http://tidymom.net/2011/spring-decor-ideas/

Megan said...

This is so great. Much better than the mess on my fridge.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

These are SO cute, what a great idea. Hope to seem them linked up at I Heart Nap Time

The Autocrat: Haley said...

What a fabulous idea! They look great!

Nicole said...

Very cute, a great way to display not such pretty things (aka the lunch menu. Thanks for sharing, visiting I heart naptime.

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

I just love this! As you know, I've featured you...please grab my button.

Jessica

http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com/2011/02/sunday-stalker-2.html

April said...

These are cute! Fabulous idea!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

very clever! who doesn't put stuff on the fridge!
thanks for sharing @ ccc
gail

Natali said...

I love this! I'm always so annoyed at how disorganized my fridge looks! Thanks for the idea! I am your newest follower and would love you to check out my new blog too!
alottalovely.blogspot.com

Lyssa said...

I love those frames. It makes your fridge look so cute!!
I just started a "scrapbook sundays" party on my blog and would love for you to join!
Lyssa
PS I'm your newest follower!

http://bornagaincrafter.blogspot.com/2011/02/scrapbook-sundays.html

Jenna, SAS Interiors said...

Jo-
You are SOOO stinkin' creative...these look great! Thank you so much for linking up to Saturday Spotlight. I love every one of your projects! I can't wait to see what you will be showcasing this weekend!

~Jenna, SAS Interiors
www.sasinteriors.net

Lori said...

Still LOVING THIS! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @Paisley Passions. I am going to feature this tomorrow. Feel free to pop by and grab an "I Thrilled" featured button from my sidebar :)

alison said...

Oh, these are FANTASTIC! I am linking (and posting) this on my Tuesday Idea List, and I think I'm going to share this as our RS monthly craft project!!

www.stashhappy.com

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

Great idea! I have pictures on the fridge hung by car insurance magnets :) I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

Chiara said...

I absolutely love this idea! In fact, I highlighted this post on my Friday Favorites over at Calico and Cupcakes. Thanks for sharing such a creative and fun idea!

Scrappy Gifts said...

Love these! Really makes the fridge clutter free and cute!
Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays last week. Forgot to tell you, I featured you here: http://www.scrappy-gifts.com/2011/03/friday-favorites-49-on-monday-d.html

Leah said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I just made these and I love them!!

http://blessedunderthebigsky.blogspot.com/2011/03/fridge-frames.html

Callie said...

Really like these fridge magnet frames!


Newly GFC following you (found you through the Follow Along Linky). I'm new to blogging and working on redecorating a condo from scattered-still-looks-like-college-hodgepodge-meets-man-cave and changing it into a cohesive home. One little bit of inspiration and small project at a time. My blog has all sorts of things that make me smile plus I'm cataloging my fashion and home decorating inspiration there as well. And once I've got a few before and after pictures, I'll be sharing my projects.

Love your blog--thank you for sharing your projects--I just love bloggyland for all the fabulous inspiration and I definitely try to follow anyone who has similar tastes to me and good projects!

www.lovemymrmason.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I am in love! I can't believe you free-handed that frame shape! I don't think I could do that! I am "pinning" these right now and they are on my {growing} to do list! Thanks for sharing!

me... said...

what a great idea. i am linking to your site for my blog.