Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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-Josue

72 comments:

  1. Super cute!! How many hearts did that hold in all?

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    1. I got 4 packages of 45 mini hearts! So about 180! The frame was 8.5 x 11 so it was a pretty good amount! I figured not too many kids and teens would sign a heart, also a lot of families signed one heart for the entire party. My sister had a guest list of 200+ so it was just the right amount!

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    2. I love it different

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  2. Excellent article.. Thank you for explaining it all :-)

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    1. No problem! I'm glad it helped Sophie!

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  3. Amazing!! Where did you buy the diy frames?? We're based in Australia, do you know where we could get it here or if the place you bought it from ships to Australia??

    Thank you!!

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    1. Belinda,

      I'm sorry! I don't know any manufactures that sell the frames in Australia. I'm not sure if Amazon ships to you, but try checking online!

      Thank you!

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  4. ohhhh Thank you!! I'm a future bride on a budget!! and I love this! thanks for showing! your a great brother!

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  5. Awesome! Thank you for posting this I have been trying to figure out how to make one. I was in the process of recruiting my Fiance to help and build one...cut our own wood and all and it was starting to be more complicated then I ever wanted. Do you know how big your hearts were? I bought some in bulk and they are about an 1 1/2 wide. My guest list is 300+ I want to have enought room for everyone's heart!

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    1. I used a 8 x 10 frame, and I bought a little over 200 hearts, 100 were 3/4 inches big and the other ones were 1 inch big. Yours are a little bigger than mine, so I would use a larger frame, maybe like a 16 X 20? Make sure you test out your hearts though first and see how many you can drop in the frame!

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    2. where did you find them in bulk?!?!?

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    3. I found them at Michael's, they came in packs of 30-40 I believe

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  6. THANK YOU! I have been looking for a way to DIY this for the better part of the year now. I thought it was so simple at first as well and was excited when Michaels had the top loading shadow boxes but we both learned, those do NOT work haha your tutorial was great, thanks so much <3

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    1. I'm so happy I could help! I was on a mission to make this on my own! If there is a will, there is a way!

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  7. Where did you find the hearts? Michaels or hobby lobby?

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  8. Wow! You are a savior for all of us who have searched on how to make this and such a great brother!. Do you mind me asking how much everything cost together to make this entire project? (including frame, glass, hearts etc.)

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    1. Everything cost me about $20-$25 dollars. I definitely could have spent more if I wanted to spray paint the frame, have nicer paper, etc. I'm so glad this tutorial was helpful for you!

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  9. Oh my goodness I am so glad I just found your blog! I seen this on etsy but really didn't want to spend $200 on it! That price just seemed excessive..I have been trying to figure out a way to DIY this but like you said, the shadow boxes were too big and the hearts overlapped and I couldn't figure out what to do! Your plan is brilliant! Thank you so much for posting this! Do you know if the large bride/groom hearts will keep the small hearts from getting to the middle of the bottom part of the frame? Did you have to keep tilting the frame to move the small hearts around or did they just fall into place?




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    1. The larger hearts shouldn't get in the way. If you see that they are having a hard time getting to the bottom middle, just give the frame a little tap and they will all slide into place! It's best to have the frame standing up straight as possible so the glass isn't leaning too far back and putting too much pressure against the hearts for them to slide down. Getting some sort of stand would be great as well. I'm glad the post was helpful! We're all on a budget and making things yourself adds such a nice personal touch.

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  10. Thank you so much for this!! I cant wait to make this for my wedding!

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    1. I'm so happy you found this useful!

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  11. Do you by any chance know how thick the hearts you used were? 1/8" or 1/4"?

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    1. I don't remember off the top of my head, but the larger ones were a little thicker than the smaller one. I don't think the smaller ones were 1/4", probably about 1/8".

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  12. You said behind the paper is just a thin piece of cardboard? What did you/could you affix to hang this? Is there something that comes with the frame kit for that? Thanks so much!

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    1. No, nothing came with the frame kit. It was also a metal frame so I don't think you can nail in teeth hangers. My sister put it on the pedestal, almost like one of those decorative dish holders. I think that if the frame is tightly secured (all four pieces), then you should just be able to put in a nail into your drywall and then hang it on the nail. The frame is beveled, so it sticks out a little more than the flat piece of cardboard, thus creating a mini ledge for the frame to hang on the nail. You could also try using some heavy-duty velcro or some command strips. Hope it helps!

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  13. As someone who just freaked over the $170 price tag over at Etsy, THANK YOU!!!!!

    To say you are a lifesaver is a bit of an understatement.

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  14. This is a great idea! Where did you find the hearts?

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    1. Ugh! Sorry, I wasn't getting notifications about comments. So sorry for the delay, I got the wooden hearts at Michael's.

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  15. Where did you purchase the frames? And did you just take two 8.5x11s and fix them together? Sorry just a little confused lol. But this looks great, exactly what I want for our wedding!

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    1. Ugh! Sorry, I wasn't getting notifications about comments. So sorry for the delay, I got the frames at Michael's, and they come in different lengths. I bought one at 8.5 (it came with two pieces of frame that were 8.5" long) and then one set at 11".

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  16. I saw the same idea on Pinterest and loved it, then when I saw the price of it on Etsy... no way! Thought, "I can make that myself for less than $50." It's been two months since then and I haven't been able to find a frame or a shadow box with a top slot. Thank you for posting this!!

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    1. Ugh! Sorry, I wasn't getting notifications about comments. So sorry for the delay, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! This is definitely my most viewed post!

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  17. Hi this is amazing. Can you tell me where you bought the frame kit or supply a link to where they are sold. This is a lifesaving idea . Much thanks

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    1. Ugh! Sorry, I wasn't getting notifications about comments. So sorry for the delay, I bought the frame kit at Michael's, you can try googling it, or even check Amazon. I'm sure they would have frame kits online. Good luck!

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  18. Hi,
    Thanks for the write-up. We are getting married in July and are planning to use the same idea for our guestbook. Can you please tell me where did you buy the frames and glass from? Michaels?

    Please let me know.

    Thank you in advance. Once again thank you for the write up.

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    1. Ugh! Sorry, I wasn't getting notifications about comments. So sorry for the delay, I got everything at Michaels!

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  19. I'm going to do this for my wedding...thanks! Question: I'm not crazy over the black sharpie look, any other suggestions to make it more elegant ?

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    1. Ugh! Sorry, I wasn't getting notifications about comments. So sorry for the delay, I'm so glad that you're doing this for your wedding, it's such a nice guestbook and it's something you can show off to all your guests. Sharpie worked best for us, since the color scheme was black, purple, and white. I would suggest getting extra hearts and practice writing on them with different types of pens. Sharpie was more than elegant for us ;)

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  20. Thank god you did this! I'm going to have to play around with it though. We only have 50ish guests!

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  21. I've having a hard time finding those hearts. I went to two Michaels. What's the name brand?

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  22. Hi i actually bought all the stuff to make this. But how did u separate the cardboard and the glass it came w a separator but u can see it

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  23. I found everything for this but how do u separate the cardboard and glass so the hearts can do down

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  24. have just seen what you've made and it's fab. I live in England and don't know where I would get the hearts from, does 'Michaels' have an email or website address you could give me please. Thanx in advance.

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  25. I bought my hearts from Joann Fabrics in the unfinished wood dept. What kind of instructional sign did you make?

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  26. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for this!!! I was dying for the one on easy, but couldn't justify spending $200+ on a guestbook. FYI I'm in Georgia (Atlanta area) and the Michael's around here no longer stock the frame kits in store, but they did inform me that I could order it on their website. It's on the way now & I already got the hearts. Again thanks so much!

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  27. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Like many things I find on Pinterest, it seemed deceptively easy until I actually tried to make it happen lol. I am off to Michaels tomorrow to find the DIY frames :)

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  28. Thank you so much!! I was actually looking for something to serve another purpose and came across this idea! Then the search to figure out how to make it and so far, your instructions are the only ones I have found so another thank you for that!! My husband and I are moving into a new house and I was looking for something that our friends and family could leave as a reminder of their visit - this is perfect although I will look for another wooden shape that works other than hearts!! Did I say thank you yet?

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  29. Where can you get the frame kits from? I cant find them on amazon?!
    Thanks

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  30. Hi. Firstly, thanks so much for this tutorial. It's the only one I've found and looks so easy to follow �� Any chance you have a link to the build your own frame kit on amazon our another site? I can't seem to find anything but I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for so might be searching for the wrong thing!
    Thanks in advance ��

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    1. Madeline - I went to Hobby Lobby to get the frames (Michaels told me they no longer stocked them). If you do go to Hobby Lobby - be sure to use get a 40% of coupon, to save you some money.

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  31. So the 8.5 by 11 fit all 200 hearts?

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  32. So glad that I don't have to search anymore ..the way u explained it and showed step by step was awesome ..I'm actually doing this for my baby shower thought I would do something different so Noe I just have to choose the colors! 😄

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  33. I just found out today Michael's no longer sell the custom frame kits in store or online. Hobby Lobby and Amazon are the only places I could find them. Michael's had all of the heart pieces in different sizes. I am wondering how does the hearts fall down all the way? Do the bigger hearts in the middle push the glass and backing far enough apart to let everything fall without overlapping? I would love to hear any success stories or feedback from anyone else thats tried this!

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  34. I am wondering how there became space between the glass and the paper? Was the paper just glued to the cardboard and then the cardboard was glued to the back of the frame??
    I love this idea and can not wait to try it out this weekend
    Thank you for sharing

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  36. Thank you so much for the instruction! I was researching for the material this afternoon online/on phone. Hobby Lobby doesn't have the glass, but utrechtart does. Michael's cannot tell me what's available at which store. Since I'm having my wedding remotely, I cannot risk flying in and not be able to find all the stuff I need. I called the Utrecht in that area. They have everything I need except the hearts. (I forgot to ask about the hearts!) Utrecht also carries the frame kits with almost all the sizes and materials. I still haven't tried putting everything together. I hope the gap between the board and glass would be thick enough for the hearts. For the hearts, I'm ordering them on amazon and hopefully they will get in in 2 days.

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  37. I am based in the UK and have a friend who has asked me to create a Drop Heart Box for her. This kit sounds just the job, but what do I search for on Amazon to find the kit?

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    1. Metal Sectional Do it Yourself Picture Frame Size: 30" showed up on amazon. Hope this helps.

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  38. Hello! I'm in Australia and want to make one of these for our wedding and like others I find the prices on Etsy outrageous!! I was having trouble finding the Frame Kits in Australia but then came across these instructions on a hardware website here in Australia http://www.bunnings.com.au/diy-advice/kids-craft/craft/indoor-decor-ideas/how-to-make-a-picture-frame It looks fairly straight forward if the hardware store actually stocks all the materials needed. Anyways I just thought someone else might find it useful, hardware stores in other countries probably have similar items. I now just have to work out the size I need to make and make sure the width of the hearts will actually fit :o)

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  39. Thank you for your step by steps on this!! I am looking to make one for my sister and I have another lady asking me to do one for her. would you mind telling me the item number for the sides and bottom/top pieces from Michael's!? I'm trying to search their website and not having a ton of luck. Thank you in advance!! I have a bunch of different things rolling through my mind now!! :)

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  40. Josue this is a wonderful for those who don't mind making them or don't care that the top is open for guest to cut themselves trying to put a heart in the top. We got ours at www.angiescardsandgifts offers a great value with a 5 star rating! Angela is great to work with and the product is awesome! Very well made.

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  41. What did the guest use to sign the hearts?

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  42. Just used this tutorial to make one of these for our wedding and it was a success! Went to Hobby Lobby in the US for the sectional frame kit, including the metal frame sides, glass, styrofoam backing, and metal connectors (frame hardware). We also bought a sheet of scrapbook paper that we cut to size and glued onto the backing, packets of small wooden hearts and a packet of large hearts that we used as a center. We painted a large heart with acrylic paint and used a hot glue gun to stick it to the backing. Note: we used a nice dollop of hot glue and did not press down onto the backing so that the large heart would float a bit on the backing. The reason for this was that the larger heart was slightly thinner than the smaller hearts and we wanted to create just enough space between the backing and the glass when in the frame so that the small hearts would fall to the bottom and not overlap. But even after you do this all, there is the matter of fitting the springs into the back of the frame (between the backing and the frame, which presses everything together nice and snug). We had to play with the springs a few times to flatten them out and lessen the pressure on the backing. This sounds more complicated than it actually was, I promise. I did this project together with my fiance and we were done in less than an hour and it cost less than $20! (with coupons). Very happy and so excited to have this displayed at our wedding. We are planning to use fine tip markers for the guests to sign in with. Seems like it might work better than gel pens due to the relatively rough surface of the wooden hearts. Also, no luck on frames at Michael's...we were told they haven't sold the sectional frames in years (although I found some for very discounted online - large sizes only). Look for "sectional frames" in your search. Hope this helps!

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  43. what type of pen do you use

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  44. we will only have a wedding of 50-60 at the most what size frame should i use?

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  45. Thank you soooooo much for this tutorial. It made it super easy for me to create this as my guestbook. I had 70 guests, used an 8x11" frame & it was perfect. Bought all my supplies from Hobby Lobby.

    Angie

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