Crafts, Decorated

Make a Wall Pocket: A Special Place for Noteworthy Letters

Handwritten letters are rare in this age of electronic communication. Why not celebrate the noteworthy event by storing and displaying you letters in this fun wall pocket. This wall pocket would make a great house warming gift for a close friend or relative with whom you exchange letters.

Supplies

  • a small wooden wall pocket (thrift stores are a good place to find them cheap)
  • old sheet music (thrift stores are great for old sheet music purchases)
  • images
  • text
  • large sheet of white paper to make patterns
  • scissors or X-acto knife
  • paint or water-based stain
  • decoupage medium
  • sand paper
  • acrylic or polyurethane finish

Instructions

  1. Sand and clean the wall pocket.
  2. Lay the wall pocket down on the paper. Trace each side of the pocket, in order to make patterns for the sheet music.
  3. Cut out the patterns. Lay each pattern piece against the pocket so that you know where to trim. Trim edges that extend beyond the edge of the pocket. Keep trimming down the pattern until the pattern fills the side it was created for with a few millimetres of wood edging all the way around.
  4. Paint or stain the wall pocket to the tone desired. Allow the paint or stain to dry. (The example uses a dark brown water-based wood stain.)
  5. Use the pattern to cut out sheet music to fit the wall pocket. Trim sheet music as necessary to fit (similar to how you trimmed the pattern).
  6. Print out an image you like to decorate your wall pocket.
  7. Create text to glue over the sheet music (use a font and words that appeal to you).
  8. Using decoupage medium (thinning it down with two parts water to one part medium is helpful), glue the sheet music to all sides of the pocket.
  9. When the sheet music is dried on, add the text and images where you want them. Allow to dry.
  10. Cover with several coats of full-weight medium (do not thin with water).
  11. Sand if necessary.
  12. Seal with an acrylic or polyurethane finish to protect it from water.

Helpful Hints and Suggestions

If the papers you are using are different shades of white try tea staining them to create a more uniform look. The colour will not necessarily be even but the papers will all share the same shadings.

Tea Stain

  1. Lay papers (do not allow them to overlap) in a shallow tray.
  2. Cover the papers with a strong tea.
  3. Allow the papers to soak in the tea for at least half an hour.
  4. Remove papers from the tray and place on paper towels to dry.

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