Crafts and DIY Projects

Magnetic Photo Frame Wedding Favor

Would you like to offer your guests a favor that they will keep for many months and years to come? Instead of something edible, make plantable seed wedding favor of a photo frame! Select a favorite photo of you and your groom-to-be, place in a small handmade photo frame, and glue a magnet on the back.

Project Supply List

2 squares of stiff cardboard, 2x2 inches
1 sheet of plantable paper, 8 1/2 by 11 inches
archival PVA adhesive gluesharp blade or scissors
pencil
magnetic strip with one sticky side
small photo of the couple

How To Make This Project

1. The Backing: Cover one of the cardboard squares with the handmade plantable seed paper. We used cream paper from Botanical PaperWorks and cardboard from the lid of a shoebox. To make the cover, first cut a 3x3 inch square of paper and apply a thin coat of archival PVA adhesive or white glue to the paper. Center the cardboard square on the paper and fold the corners over the point of the cardboard towards the middle of the square. Press in place. Apply more PVA to the edges of the cover if necessary, and fold them over the card, pressing in place. Smooth the edges to give nice, sharp definition.

2. The Frame: Using a sharp blade, carefully cut a window out of the center of the second cardboard square, leaving a 1/2 inch frame. Cover this with another 3x3 inch piece of handmade seed paper. Make a slot in the center of the paper covering the window and wrap the edges around the inside and the outside edges of the frame.

3. Assembly: Apply a thin coat of archival PVA to the back of your photo. Place it on the center of the back square on the wrong side. Spread adhesive on the back of the frame and affix it to the backing, being careful to position the frame directly over the backing in order to reveal the photo. Place aside to dry. When dry, mount a 3/4? piece of magnetic strip on the center of the back of the piece. Repeat entire process until you have enough for every guest at your wedding.

Written by Mary Reimer, co-founder of Botanical PaperWorks, and author of An Introduction to Papermaking, 300 Papermaking Recipes, The Encyclopedia of Papermaking and Bookbinding.

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