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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Vintage Saucer Frames

Need a fun rainy day craft idea?  These Vintage Saucer Frames from Mitzi Curi are the perfect thing to make on a rainy or snowy evening.  One trip to the thrift store and you'll have everything you need to create these elegant and fun Victorian crafts.  This is a great way to show off all the members of your family.  Arrange these saucer plates on a buffet table or on a large wall for a decor statement that stands out.

saucer plates

Materials:

  • Saucers
  • Laser copies of photos
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush

 

Instructions:

  1. First you need some orphaned saucers.  These are so easy to find if you don't already have some.  Ask any flea market seller, or look at a garage sale.  Cups always seem to get broken first, leaving their saucers behind.  It seems I have quite a few of them.
     
  2. Next, you need some laser copies of cute photos.  I like vintage photos, of course, but you could use your own family members or pets.  Laser prints of your pictures are best.  If you copy on an ink-jet printer, you will have to seal the copy with a spray sealant/fixative that can be purchased at a craft or art supply store.  But I recommend going to Staples or FedEx/Kinkos and using their laser printer if you don't have one at home.
     
  3. Cut out your little pictures to fit the wells of the saucers.  Your compass from tenth grade geometry class might come in handy here, or maybe a paper punch.  I usually find something around the house of approximately the same size, like the cap from a jelly jar, and trace around it to get a nice circle, then cut it out.  I thought I might layer a few pictures on top of vintage wallpaper for a different effect.

    saucer frames
     
  4. Next, apply some Mod Podge (I use the matte version) to the back of the picture, and place the picture on the saucer.  Smooth out the paper with your fingers.  Coat the top with Mod Podge.
     
  5. It might be a good idea to give your picture a second topcoat after a couple hours.  For a final step, I have taken a gold metallic pen and made little dots around some of the pictures and glued some tiny buttons around one of the pictures with E-6000 glue for some extra embellishment.
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What a great way to use those vintage saucers that we always see in the thrift stores. I am not much on pictures, but you could apply almost anything in the centers. I can see this being a great project in an assisted living facility.

I suppose after these items have been created, they would be displayed on a plate stand? I think this is a beautiful idea.

I love love this craft for the Vintage Saucer Frames. This is a great way to save some old pictures I received after my grand parents passed away. So much better then keeping the pictures in a box. I'm on the look out of some beautiful vintage saucers now. This is a great step by step how to.. Thank you so much for this great craft!

Very clever and imaginative idea. You could take it a step further and add a bow that is from a garment the person wore and add that to the saucer for a further personal touch. These would also be a cute favor if you had a group photo from a special gathering or reunion. These could be a keepsake from the event! Thank you for sharing such a super duper idea!

I think these would make super cute decorations for a wedding or even a family reunion. What a cute way to display photos!

What is the best way to hang these or is it a lean against the wall frame

I love this idea. Would be great to make as a wedding gift. Get pictures of the bride and groom to be. Then maybe add their names and date of marriage. Or maybe even a baby gift. Get a picture of the newborn. Put name and date. Possibilities are endless.

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