Monday, August 12, 2013

Little door tutorial

I had more comments last week about this little door on the burlap panel than anything else.  I also had questions on exactly how I did it.  So I have recreated the process for those of you who needed a bit more information.  Follow along...
 The Merriment paper stash has 2 x 2" squares at the back of the pad.
I cut 4 shapes of paper.  One for the front and the other three for the inside.  Just remember you need one long piece for the hinge.
I cut a 2 x 2" piece of chipboard for the door front.  Then glued the calendar paper to it and sanded the edges with the Sanding Grip.
Turn the chipboard over, add the longer piece to the back.  The part with the red numbers will eventually be covered by another paper.
 Make a hole through the chipboard for the Ring Fastener.
Slip the Ring Fastener into the hole, adjust ring, then open "legs" to secure.  In the final piece the legs were covered with a tiny red Vial Label (see last photo).
 Next, adhere the back paper to the chipboard foundation. 
Open door, add the Santa paper over the top of red numbers.  This step was done just so I could use the picture of Santa in the parade.  If the polka dot paper had been connected to the Santa picture, instead of the red numbers, I could have skipped this step.
Hope this helps explain the secret of the door!  Super, super easy!
carry on,


  1. This is why I have ALWAYS loved interactive pieces in my art...they just evoke something fun!

  2. Oh, so cute. Now that I am retired, I have time for this sort of project. But, an 8 week old puppy will put it off for awhile.

  3. I hadn't thought about needing a hinge! Thanks!

  4. I repeat: the panel is wonderful and the little door is very beautiful ! Tutorial simple and clear!I wish the Christmas paper it were already available here in Italy!!! I will really find it hard to wait! Hugs BArbarayaya

  5. Clear and simple. Thanks for taking the time to show us. So looking toward to the Merriment pad and accessories!

  6. I can do this. I will do this! Can't wait to get my hands on the Merriment paper stash. It's a must have.
    Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration.

  7. Too CLEVER!!! I love it! Thanks for the secret! ;-)

  8. Paula, you gave up your secret and I think it belongs in the book of spells. hahaha

  9. Yup, I was one of them! Thanks so much for sharing your secret...
    Alison x

  10. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this paper!!!

  11. Thanks so much for the tutorial - I am going to use that idea in an altered book swap I'm in!

  12. Such a great idea, I love things like this, will have to attempt it myself.