Have you seen all these cute Snap Frames everyone is creating? Are you wondering how to make one of your own? As a part of their membership, Kiwi Club members received special savings on Snap Frames in July, and as an added perk, Susan held a class just for them where she shared the step-by-step process for creating a Snap Frame. We are sharing this online class with you now. We have also included the steps written below so that you can follow along to create your own Snap Frame.
Step 1: Design Mat
Step 2: Snap Back
The Snap Backs are reversible, allowing you to create a design on both sides. You can paint it, white wash it, or adhere a background paper to it. Watch the video to see how Susan whitewashes her Snap Back. She likes to whitewash so that when she’s using the textured wood pieces, like the Herringbone, the thinner coat allows the pattern to be more visible. One more tip: We’ve noticed that when whitewashing our Snap Backs, the wood will sometimes absorb the water and warp. To prevent this, apply a clear coat to the Snap Back and let dry before whitewashing your wood.
Step 3: Play-To-Create
Take your Designer Templates, Wood Elements, Design Kits, and other embellishments, and move them around to find the design you want. This is where we find fun, inspiration, and fulfillment as we Play-To-Create. We really mean Play. Try out different layers. Arrange your elements in various ways. Interchange different Designer Template sets as you create. When we allow ourselves to Play-To-Create, we’re avoiding worry and doubt. We are letting ourselves discover and explore the possibilities before we even cut into our paper or glue anything down.
Step 4: Trace, Cut, Ink, Replace
Once you have the design that fits your style, it’s time to start pulling everything together. Trace the Designer Templates on the papers you chose. Cut them out using your favorite pair of scissors. Ink the edges. You can even ink your wood elements! Replace the pieces back on your base, in this case your Snap Back. This is also the step where you’re painting or adhering paper to any wood element layers that you’re using in your creation.
Step 5: Adhere everything to your Snap Back
Once any paint, stains, and glues are dry, it’s time to adhere all your elements together. Hot glue works on a variety of materials, so you can use it on your paper, wood, and other embellishments. If you’re using a Design Mat, it will help to place it over the Snap Back while you’re adhering the pieces down so you can see where your design elements should go.
Step 6: Ready your Snap Frame
The Snap Frame itself is made to be used over and over again, so keep in mind what designs you’ll be putting in your frame. You can do anything with them. You can leave them unfinished. You can paint, whitewash, or stain your frame. You can even cover the Snap Frame with patterned paper. However you customize your frame, you’ll be able to use it with all the Snap Backs and Design Mats.
Step 7: Put Your Frame Together
We mentioned that it’s a snap to put together, right? Simply snap all of the layers into your Snap Frame itself. Start with your Design Mat, then place the foam insert inside the frame. The foam insert comes with your Snap Frame. This adds depth between the Design Mat and the Snap Back. Then, snap your Snap Back into place. There are magnetic corners in the frames to make it a snap to layer and change up with different Snap Back designs throughout the year.
Step 8: Display and Share
Your possibilities are endless! Remember that you can use your Snap Frame, Design Mat, and Snap Backs again and again. Mix and match to update your home decor in a snap.
There are endless possibilities for Snap Frames. You can see how Susan created a Snap Frame for the Christmas season below.
We’d love to see how your Snap Frame turned out. Share photos with us in the community, especially if these samples have inspired you to create one of your very own. We and other creators in the community would love to celebrate that creation with you.