If you own movies chances are you have some DVD cases lying around. We store ours in CD binders so we have a lot of empty cases… and then somehow got a whole box more of them from my mom. You don’t want to throw them out and add to your already overflowing landfills. Instead, upcycle them into a beautiful and functional stash frame.
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So what is a stash frame and what should you keep in it? A stash frame is simply a picture frame you hang on your wall that looks like a regular frame. However, it has ‘hidden’ storage inside for hiding cash, gift cards, or whatever you want to stash! This one is even better because you can customize it to match your decor helping it blend in even more. Don’t you love items that are more than they appear?
- Wooden 5×7 Frame (I got mine on clearance for 30 cents at Michael’s)
- Mod Podge
- Decorative Paper
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue (Find mine on this list of Top 10 DIY Tools)
- Empty DVD Case
Measure and cut your paper using your frame as a guide. Make sure that you leave enough extra so that you can wrap it around the edges.
Center your frame on your decorative paper and trace the inside. Next, draw an “x” from corner to corner.
Using scissors or an XActo knife, cut along the lines of your “x”. Do not cut out the edges of the traced rectangle.
Realign your frame with the center on the tracing.
Mod Podge around the edges and begin folding up like you’re wrapping a present. Start with the edges and then fold and adhere the inside flaps.
- You may have to fold the flaps in half before adhering to your frame to keep them from hanging over the outside edge.
Once you have finished adhering your paper to the frame, put on a top coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Do this on the front and back of your frame allowing one side to dry completely before moving on to the other.
Once your frame is completely dry it is time to glue it to your DVD case. Place you glue on the center of bottom and side surfaces of the frame. This will ensure your photo aligns correctly when you slip it in from the top.
- Do not glue the top side of your frame. This will prevent you from being able to slide your photo in.
Press frame firmly to your DVD case. Be sure that the side of the case that opens is at the top.
My DVD case already had openings under the plastic that were perfect for hanging. I simply cut a slit in the plastic to accommodate.
If yours does not, don’t worry. You can attach some frame hardware to the back with glue and hang it that way.
Now you have a beautiful, functioning picture frame to hang on your wall that doubles as a place to stash things (like a Sephora gift card… just saying). Bonus: you’re taking clutter and turning it into storage! These are so easy to make, you will want everyone in the family to have one.