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Topic: Mail Organizer from old frame (With Tutorial!)  (Read 10862 times)
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« on: March 18, 2011 06:52:13 PM »

The original tutorial is posted on my blog (in my signature), but by popular demand it is now on Craftster as well Wink

I'm sure I'm not the only one with piles of mail sitting in various positions throughout the [house]. I needed to be [semi] organized. Important mail HERE. Other mail HERE. Simple right? Well desk filing systems were out of the question, I don't have 3 inches of flat space ANYWHERE. The only way I could go, was up.

I spent a half a day surfing for inspiration. And the rest of it scrounging through boxes looking for something I could use. And thus I found this:

[AKA UGLY old frame, note its falling apart and lacking glass]
The first step is to lightly sand it, it had some weird varnish on it (not to mention its the fake wood laminate stuff) and you want it to soak in the paint. Then using new nails and wood glue, I put the frame back together. I took off the existing hook (since it was hung for a vertical picture) and reattached it to the side (because I wanted it to hang horizontal).
Paint (I chose white to match the room it was going in) + Frame + Hooks=Awesome. (The frame will need multiple coats and lots of drying time in between)

While that's drying, start on the inside. First measure the opening of the frame and cut a piece of cardboard or mat board**slightly** smaller. I used spray photomount to cover it with a piece of scrapbook paper. You could also use fabric instead!

Using the rest of the cardboard/mat board, I cut it down to make two pieces of identical size (specifically 3.5"x9", but it depends on your frame) You can eyeball it to see what sizes would look best in your frame. I spray mounted these cardboard pieces onto some left over scraps from quarters. (Cover both sizes, leaving about an inch on the bottom of leftover fabric, and on the sides.

When the pieces are dry you can start assembling. First measure out on the mat board, where you want the files to go. Since my pieces were 3.5" high, I set the top one at about 3" from the bottom so it would be slightly inside the pocket. Using hot glue, I attached the 1" of left over fabric to the board above the line (so the bottom of the piece was laying on the line). The bottom piece will attach on the very bottom of the bigger board, with the 1" of fabric glued all the way around to the back. (See pictures).

Once the pieces are assembled, (and dry!) place it inside of your frame. Carefully pull the files out of the frame until they are where you want them. Cut the fabric down in the back, and glue into place. Close the back of your frame up and attach to the wall!

Now comes the fun part. Decorating! I haven't decided what I want to do with mine yet, but you could attach ribbon, or frames or buttons to label which section is for which.

Total cost (for me) $0 [had everything on hand!]
Have a question? Let me know! I'd be happy to answer it!
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011 07:33:38 PM »

I love that everything is from your stash! I need to wait for some drier weather, but I think I could definitely use something like this! Thanks for the tutorial!

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011 10:44:12 PM »

thanks heaps! i'll be making this as soon as the rain stops!

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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011 12:03:20 AM »

good idea. and recycling!

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2011 09:20:21 AM »

Thank you for posting this!  I will definitely be making one of these.

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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011 06:39:30 AM »

this is awesome.  I've got an office to decorate and i found a few old picture frames.... Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2011 12:14:56 PM »

No problem! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with! I put ribbon and labels on mine, so I will have to post pictures to show you!
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2011 03:50:49 PM »

awesome ! cute way to keep things organized..

i might be using that wonderful tute of yours (:

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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2011 05:05:45 PM »

Love, love, love it!!

Got to find an old frame to upcycle!

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