You can make this for yourself or you can make it as a present.
It cost me just over £6 to make.
Dont forget to vote for me in the valentines competition. Thanks.
Date Made: Feb 2013
Approx Cost: £6
Approx Time: 2 hours
Step 1: Things You Need
2. Double sided sticky foam pads - I used 5mmx5mmx2mm (ebay £1.44 for 400no)
4. A ruler for getting straight cuts (if using a knife)
6. A piece of cardboard
7. Pritstick or Spray glue
Step 2: Measure Your Frame
250mm x 250mm = Frame Outside
230mm x 230mm = Background Picture (size of usual picture the frame takes)
215mm x 215mm = Mid Stepped Cut Pictures (to fit inside the void former box)
120mm x 120mm = Mat Board opening (the size of the hole in the frame border)
You need to measure these so that your prints and templates are all the right size.
Step 3: Get a Picure of Your Map
Cut and paste this image in to a program that you are familiar with (word, paint, whatever)
In this program, scale the picture to the size of your frame background. (Make sure you keep the correct ascpect ratio).
It doesnt matter if it doesnt fill the whole page as you wont see the outside 50mm of it.
Print out 6 copies, all the same scale/size. (I found it easier to get it in to pdf format first so that I could control the print size easily)
Alternatively you could do this by photocopying a map, but make sure all 6 copies are the same.
Step 4: Create Templates
You can do this by hand, or you can get a bit more technical.
I wanted to get it right, so I used autocad to draw a heart and then scaled it down in steps so that they were all even.
You could do this in any program such as paintshop etc, it is just that I am familiar with autocad.
I then printed these 6 times to use as templates.
I have attached pdfs of some of the templates I made; which contains a star, triangle, hearts, square, circle etc... these are set up for the ikea frame size, and should be printed on A3.
Step 5: Create Backing Picture
Either stick a complete map to the cardboard and then cut it to size, or vice versa.
Remember that this background picture shouldn't have a hole in it.
Step 6: Cut Hole in Each Picture
I put the template on to each picture and used a knife to cut through.
Make sure that each template is centered on the same point. You can do this by having a center point to line up, or a border to line up. I printed everything centrally on A3 at the same scale, so I just had to line up the edges of the paper. Once lined up you may want to temporarily fix together so it doesn't move; I selotaped them down.
Step 7: Stick Together
Make sure you use the right amount of layers for your frame. My frame is 26mm deep so I have used 1 full background, and then 5 cut sheets with 4mm of sticky foam between each layer. Obviously you can tailor this to your own frame.
If I did this again then I would buy 4mm pads to save doubling up, also I would buy bigger pads. 5mm x 5mm is actually very small.
I would also use more on the back of each picture. the more the better, as long as you cant see them.
Step 8: Take Frame Apart
Frame including Glass (1), frame void box (2), mat board (3), picture (4), backing (5)
Step 9: Put Frame Back Together
So they should end up in this order: 1, 3, 2, 4, 5.