Shortly before Christmas, I just so happened to be in Michael’s shopping. (I seem to “just so happen” in there with quite some frequency…) Anyway, I’m glad I was because they had these Mambi Makers Hanging Wood Photo Kits on clearance. I scored this particular one for $2.99, plus I had a 20% entire purchase coupon. So, I couldn’t very well NOT buy it, right?!
The wood block was a bit of an odd size, 6″ x 6″, so I had to really go through my photos to find one that I loved and that I thought would fit well. After choosing my photo – an oldie, but a goodie – I cut it down to the proper size. Then, I put the kit together today. It was incredibly easy and literally only took me about 5 minutes.
Here’s what the kit looked like, in case anyone happens to spy any left at Michael’s.
This is what was included in the kit, (along with the photo I chose). It came with 1 6″ x 6″ x .75″ wood block, 1 clear foil sticker sheet, 1 piece of ribbon, 1 2 oz. collage medium, and 2 small eye hooks. Extra supplies needed that are not included in the kit are copy paper and printer (or actual photo print), flat paintbrush (1″ – 1.5″), and a cutting tool.
The instructions actually recommend printing a photo on plain paper, but I used an actual matte photo print. I thought it would be prettier and, potentially, more durable.
The instructions are as follows:
- Print your photo 6″ x 6″ on plain paper. A photo printer will give the best quality. Trim photo.
- Using a paintbrush, spread a thin layer of the included collage medium on the wood panel. Hint: A 1″-1.5″ flat brush works very well. Work quickly as the medium is fast drying.
- Carefully place the photo onto the wood panel in the desired position, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go. Once the photo touches the adhesive it may be difficult to reposition. (I chose to cut my photo a bit smaller than the frame, so it would have a bit of a border around it.
4. To achieve a glossy finish and to protect the surface of your photo, apply a coat of the collage medium on top of the photo. If this effect is desired, a laser jet printer must be used to avoid ink smearing. (I did not do this step, since I was using a actual photo.)
5. Allow your project to dry for several hours, until it is no longer tacky to the touch. Complete dry time may vary with the weather. (I didn’t do this step either, as the collage medium dries very fast. I didn’t have trouble completing the final steps, even though it wasn’t 100% dry yet.)
6. Screw the eyelet screws into the pre-drilled holes along top edge. Thread the included ribbon onto the screws and knot on both ends to secure. Finish by adding a gold foil sticker or two!
7. Hang and enjoy!
This was a great way to set a photo apart from just a traditional frame. Plus, it was incredibly easy and cheap. The best part is, you really don’t need a kit to put something like this together. You could easily purchase the parts separately and achieve the same look.
Now to find the perfect place to hang it…