Make This: Comic Picture Frame & Gift Box



If you've ever been to a wedding then you've probably noticed the gift table. It's got a box for all the cards, some photos of the bride and groom and a guest book for everyone to sign. Well that was just too boring for us. We decided to spice it up with...

A COMIC BOOK THEMED GIFT TABLE!!!  
yay!! woo!!!

Our Save-The-Date photos were taken at a local comic book store and Jeremy and I had a total blast. Comic books have definitely become one of our things we've wanted to incorporate into the wedding.


Read on to find out how I made a romantic comic-book photo frame for our gift table!

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FINDING THE COMICS 

First things first, you'll need some comics. I spent about $9 on new and used comic books. We hit up the local used books store and a comic store and found copies of:


The hardest part was really the looking for comic books. Jeremy and I lucked out and found these all in one night, but if you wanted to spend more money and/or more time there are much better options. Cutting up collector comics can make you want to cringe. So don't go overboard and shell out $40 for a wedding comic, if you're only going to use one photo from it.



THE CRAFTING

Here's what you'll need:

  • Enough comics to cover the frame.
  • Wood Frame (I got this MDF frame at Michael's for $5!)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brushs - one for the paint and one for the modge podge
  • Acrylic Sealer (optional)
  • Wooden word for Accent (optional)
1) I gave my frame a coat of black acrylic paint to help mask some of the edges and cutting marks.


2) Once you have your photos cut out, arrange them any way you like. I probably moved mine around a couple of times until I found the setting that worked best.

3) Apply a super thin layer of Modge Podge to each area you want to place a cutout ONE AT A TIME! Don't do it all at once or the MP will dry and not adhere to the comic. You can see on my frame there was a lot of cracking on top left corner. This was because the MP was too wet and seeped through the comics. Delicate balance I know. But comics are picky when it comes to decoupodge. There will be some bubbling, but the less you put on the better it will adhere.

PROTIP - Let the MP thicken up for about 30 seconds or so before applying. Again, don't put too much on!

4) Once you're all done applying the comics, you can go over it with an additional layer of Modge Podge. Finish it off with some acrylic sealer to give it a touch-safe finish. I added the wooden "LOVE" on it last for final touches. :)

TADA!! 
I used some acrylic paint and my leftover comic books to decorate my gift box, creating a matching set! I only applied Modge Podge to the comics as an extra coat of sealer, and then the entire thing in an acrylic sealer.






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Here are some close ups of the frame
From Earth's Mightiest Avengers II #6 - So awesome, a champagne toast!!

Also from Earth's Mightiest Avengers II #6 - And look a wedding cake too!!


Rogue + Gambit = <3 From X-Men Vol 2 #204


Wolverine & Rogue from  X-Men Legacy #224; Rogue & Gambit from X-MEN Vol 2 #204









From the cover of Spider Man #639 One Moment in Time Party II









We're so stoked to have this frame. It'll have one of our engagement photos in it for the reception and our wedding photo in it after the event. I'm thinking of paring it up with this.

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Are you guys comic book fans? If so, have any favorite romances?
Mine is Gambit and Rogue by far. With a little cajun boy of my own, could you blame me? hehe.


<3

2 comments:

  1. love it! nice and unique and a lot of fun!

    Gambit/Rogue of course is a great romance! =]

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