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Slate Picture Frame

By Diyhome
Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page M03

The proliferation of digital cameras and photo-quality printers -- not to mention cheapie disposable cameras -- means that images of adorable newborns, family reunions and winsome puppies are always being added to the Great Snapshot Pile. Picking which precious pics to put on display can be a tough call. But the decision is decidedly easier with this slate photo frame project that lets you share more than one snap at a time.

Give your friend's new baby a shot to shine or show off your loyal pooch in all his glory. Whatever pics you pick can be given erasable chalk captions -- which you can change any time you please. (No caption is ever cast in stone!)

If baby Adam is walking now, update his caption to showcase his feet's latest feat. (Photos Melissa Punch For The Washington Post)

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An added bonus: This project is quite flexible. Pick whatever size slate works for you and add any number of picture frames.

Step One

Gather your supplies. I used a 12-by-18-inch piece of slate and two wooden frames that hold 5-by-7-inch photos. (The frames were 6 by 8 inches.) You'll also need a tape measure, hot glue gun, glue sticks, photographs that fit the frames, a pencil and chalk.

Lay down your slate and decide where you want to attach your frames. I wanted mine centered, so I used a tape measure to mark exactly where I wanted the frames to go. My top frame rested two inches from the top of the slate, with two inches of space on each side. Ditto for the bottom frame: It rested two inches from the bottom and had two inches of space on each side. That left a perfect two inches between my frames.

My frames also had a ridge that held the glass firmly in place. If your frames have loose or sliding glass, drop a dab of hot glue into each corner to firmly set the glass in place.

Step Two

Make sure your frames are straight, then trace the top, right and bottom edges of both frames with a pencil, leaving the left edge unmarked. Grab your hot glue gun and trace a line of glue about a half-inch inside the lines marked for your top frame. Attach the frame. Repeat for the bottom frame. When the glue has set, survey your pictures and select two to put on display. Slide them in through the unglued left edge.

Step Three

Take your chalk and add silly, loving or descriptive captions below your selected shots. And when you want to change the wording, just dab with a damp sponge and rephrase away.

Laura J. Vogel

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