Hey girls!! I just wanted to share my DIY Sand Ceremony Frame with you in case any of you are loving the frame idea for your sand ceremony but don't want to spend $60+ to get one!!! This was the issue I had. I knew I wanted a frame for my sand ceremony, but I couldn't find any under $50-60, and I just couldn't bare to spend that much for it. Sooo I decided to go to AC Moore and see what I could find to try and make my own.
I found a black wooden 8 x 8" shadow box frame for less than $10 and thought it would be perfect! I brought it home and immediately had FI drill a hole in the top, because that was the part I worried the most about. Once that worked out, he caulked the glass to the frame from the inside to seal it tight. I then took a glue stick, covered the edges of the picture all the way around and glued it directly to the glass. Once the picture glue dried, I put the cardboard box (originally for the shadow box look) back in, followed by a flat cardboard back, and FI caulked around the box to seal the back as well. We will be using a small funnel to ensure the sand goes in evenly and I will be taking a small bottle of glue with me to seal the hole before we head home.
As far as the vases are concerned, I believe I purchased them at Michael's for less than $2 a piece. All in all, I spent less than $15 to make this frame, and I think it will end up looking just as great once its all said and done!! As far as the sand is concerned, we are using orange sand purchased from AC Moore and actual natural sand from Mexico so that we can bring back a part of where we were when we were married!
I hope this helps encourage those of you who are thinking about making a sand ceremony frame to actually try it out!! If you have any questions PLEASE don't hesitate to ask!!!
and finally....the picture! (and I do have to apologize for the quality, its just a cell phone pic and has a bit of a glare :oP)