I am excited to share with you today the printable and book page collage frame that I made for my son’s Dr. Seuss Bedroom. Last week as part of Disney Week I shared my Disney Ticket Stub Frame. Did you see it? I love the way that it turned out . . . such a fun way to preserve our memories! Today I am going to share a similar collage frame tutorial with you. It is made using the same process as the Disney Ticket Stub Frame, but instead of ticket stubs on a wooden frame it was made using book pages on a mat, all framing one of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.
I knew that I wanted this quote to have a prominent spot in my little boy’s , so I decided to make a printable of it for the room when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted elsewhere in the blogosphere. However, I am not a skilled printable designer. Like, at ALL. This simple red print is about as fancy as I get. However, what I lack in printable designing skills I make up for in collage frame making skills.
As I mentioned in my Disney Ticket Stub Frame post, I have made many a collage frame in my day, usually consisting of ticket stubs from dates. I used to save all of my ticket stubs and then make my boyfriends frames using them and stick a cute pic inside. It was my signature gift, and I even helped several friends make some for their men as well. This time around I grabbed a bunch of Dr. Seuss books from a thrift shop and set off to cut them apart (sacrilege, I know….that’s why I grabbed extras from a thrift shop!) and make something super fun. Let’s get started!
To make your own Dr. Seuss book page collage frame you will need the following:
* FREE DR SEUSS PRINTABLE (made to be an 8 x 10 print)
* 11 x 14 frame with an 8 x 10 mat (Mine is the Ribba Ikea frame.)
* Dr. Seuss books (I got mine from a thrift shop for about 50 cents a piece—if you don’t want to cut actual books you could always color copy the pages, but that will be much more expensive in the end.)
* scissors and gluesticks
* Mod Podge and a paint brush
Begin by laying out several colorful pages with a variety of characters, and arrange them in a variety of layout possibilities. Begin cutting your pages to fit. I like to have mine overlap in a variety of directions, often even with large pieces lying underneath smaller pieces so that they peek through in a variety of spots. I am something of a perfectionist about these frames, so I like to do quite a bit of cutting and planning before I ever glue. One thing that I do is lay the papers approximately where I want them and use my fingernail to fold the papers down where I will need to cut, as shown below. Then I start glueing things down in sections, repeating until the frame is completely covered.
Once your frame is covered with your ticket stubs and papers, you can coat the entire frame with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Once it dries completely you may want to add a second thin layer of Mod Podge.
Now just add the printable and you are all finished! I love the way that it turned out, and I think it fits perfectly in his wildly colorful room.
What do you think? Do you like it as much as my boy does?
If you enjoyed this peek into my boy’s Seussy room then be sure to check out his full Dr. Seuss Bedroom Reveal!