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Motivational Box Frame

This is a really simple and quick project that anyone of any age can do. It’s also really easy to make personal to you or if you’re making it as a gift for a loved one.

  • Papercraft
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • A box frame
  • Blank wooden tiles
  • Paint in your choice of colours
  • Brushes
  • Card of your choice
  • Permanent marker
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


Gather your materials and decide on what you want your frame to say. I decided to make one to go into my crafting space. So I decided on the phrase; Be Happy Make Things. But you can choose anything to put into the frame. Just make sure the frame you choose is big enough to fit all the tiles you’ll need for your saying.


Work out roughly the layout of how you want your phrase to look on a spare piece of paper that’s the size of the inner part of the frame. This gives you a rough idea of how your piece will look at the end. But as you’ll see mine changed from the plan as once I had all the pieces ready the original didn’t work for me anymore.


Mark out on your card the size of the inner part of your frame. This is what we’ll be attaching the tiles to so make sure it’s a good fit once you’ve cut it out.


You can use any colour or type of card you like but I love anything glittery so I of course went with the most sparkly card I had.


Count out enough tiles for each letter of your phrase. I needed 17 for mine and then paint in your desired colour or colours.


You can of course leave the tiles in their natural state if you so desire.


Allow the tiles to dry completely it can be tempting to rush writing on the tiles before they’re completely dry but that can lead to smears, smudges and ruined pens. So leave them off to one side to dry and go and do something else. Drying times will vary depending on which paint you use and how many layers you want to put on the tiles. Mine took about 45 minutes to an hour to fully dry.


Once the tiles are completely dry you’re ready to write out your phrase. You can also use stamps, transfers or stencils to create the writing. I did it freehand as that was the look I wanted.


Once the phrase is written out arrange the tiles to your liking. As you can see my arrangement has changed from my original plan as I didn’t really like the way it looked once I had the painted tiles in front of me. You could also add any embellishments you’d like at this stage. Whatever helps to make the piece your own. And once you’re happy with your arrangement hot glue the tiles in place.


Place the card into the frame and admire your new decorative piece.


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