Mementoes In Time

Instructions for building your Cupboard Love Wardrobe

Get your supplies together, including a pen, some fine sandpaper, a scoring tool,

 a ruler and good quality tacky PVA glue or better still Craft Glue (we use Boyles Craft Glue - a

quick drying clear glue for handicrafts). A good strong glue is essential for this project. 

 Lay out the pieces from your kit. You should have a wardrobe front and back,

two long pieces to make the frame and two shorter pieces to create the

panels on the doors. You will also have a hanging rail and two

chipboard hangers ( not shown here). If you are using a downloadable template, you will

not have a hanging rail. You can use a bamboo skewer cut to fit.

 

Using fine grade sandpaper, lightly sand the edges of all the pieces if necessary

 

 Take the two long pieces of chipboard and lay them alongside each other, with tops in line.

 Measure a mark 12 cm (in inches approx 4 6/8) down using your pencil and score

across both pieces at once (putting them together makes sure they are scored at exactly the

same place)

 

 Fold the pieces at the score lines. You will now have two pieces of folded card,

each will have a short end and a longer end. Glue along the edge at the short end on each

piece and fit together to form a rectangular frame. Leave to dry until firmly stuck.

 

Now take the front door die cut and score very firmly several times down each side from top to bottom

to form the door hinge. You may need to repeat this on the reverse to get a good score

mark as the card is quite thick.

You can cut the doors off completely at this stage if you wish to make a

shelf project instead, or re-attach them with ribbons or hinges to make the door swing freely

open and shut.

Next, using your craft knife, cut out the panels on the front door.You can leave these

panels in place if you want an different look.

Fold back the doors along the score lines you have made. Be firm but careful with this.

You won't be able to manipulate the doors well, once the door has been

stuck to the frame so it is important that you get a good fold on the hinge at this point. You

may need to rescore the lines to get a good fold.

Turn the door over and glue the two short pieces of card to the inside of the windows. This forms

the panels of the doors.

 

 

 Here is how the door will look from the front.

Now glue the dried frame onto the back of the cupboard door, making

sure that it is positioned evenly around the opening. You will just need to run

the glue around the edges of the frame, don't worry if you think the glue is messy, you can

wipe off any excess with a cloth afterwards or sand it when dry. If you are painting

your cupboard after construction, it will cover any glue spills anyway.

Now take the wardrobe back and measure 1.5cm from the bottom (the wavey side). Draw

a faint line across. This will give you an idea of where you should be sticking your

frame onto the back piece.

Glue around the edge of the frame piece and lower onto the back piece, using the pencil line as a guide. You may need to fiddle with it a bit to make sure it is even placed. Stand the cupboard up to

make sure it doesn't wobble too much, which it shouldn't do if the frame has been glued straight.

Again, don't worry about spills, you can wipe them up after with a cloth. Leave your cupboard

to dry. You may wish to lay it down on its back to dry.

Now you have your finished wardrobe, ready to decorate.

 

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