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1) Make an event shadow box: I did this pre-blog so no pics of the process, sorry. I got a shadow box from Ikea (I think it was $10. They also sell them at Michael's) and put things that were important to our wedding in it. The fabric is what I used to cover our card box, I stuck in an invitation, ribbon used to tie the favors, stones from the centerpieces, a favor box lid that we folded and stamped, the flower clip I wore, and a photo booth strip. I have saved things over the years to commemorate other trips but haven't made them into shadowboxes. So, so easy though.
2) Tile wall art/photo coasters: Since food is a big part of our lives, I wanted to represent that somewhere in the living room. Since I had an extra paper coaster from The Spotted Pig in NYC and some Mod Podge, I just stuck that thing down to an old tile (left from the coasters we made from our wedding - I think they are .30 at Home Depot or Lowe's) and then went over it with 2-3 coats of Mod Podge. It's hanging with a Command strip. You could also get larger tiles for larger art, or just do the same process to make coasters to display at home (but if you do that, buy cork or felt to place on the bottom). The pics that you get from Walgreens using the Printstagram app are the perfect size for this project.
3) Bottlecap art: We have been saving bottle caps for years for no real reason. Andrew tries lots of different beer varieties, so we have many different types. St. Arnold's, a Houston-based brewery, prints silly, punny sayings on the inside of their caps (like "I love brew" and "Foam Sweet Foam"). I went through the caps, pulled out ones I liked, and pulled out sayings that were good for our home. I had a frame that was double matted with cardboard between each layer - basically, the art wasn't going to touch the glass. Then I got a piece of cardstock the size of the opening and hot glued the bottle caps to it. It may not be everyone's thing, but Andrew and I like it and had it not worked out, all it cost me was my time. One of my friends had the idea to glue the caps to a wooden plaque you can get at a craft store, but I was impatient and used what I had on hand.
4) Collect stuff to hang: A long time ago, I saw the idea to save menus from special dinners so that you can hang them in your home. Since then, we have done that, and I have a few already hanging over my buffet. I'll post pics when the table finally comes. But, it's an easy, free, frame-filling thing to put up. If you were into theater, you could do the same with programs, and if you were into parks, you could probably get park maps. I just love to display memories. Lots of frames I used for this and my next project were left from my wedding.
A sneak peek of the dining area.
5) The darn gallery wall: I googled "how to hang a gallery wall" and looked at a million inspiration pictures before just doing it. Mine is definitely not the best you will ever see, but here are some tips nearly anyone could use:
- Remember, most things can be returned, so buy more than you think you'll need. Take sizes, shapes, and picture content into consideration (for example, I didn't want too many artistic things together without breaking it up with a photo).
- I thought that making paper templates of each frame to hang to the wall would be a waste of time since I had space to place everything out on the floor, but it was the best thing I did to actually see what I wanted. I highly recommend it!
- I chose to (attempt to) hang everything along the same bottom line. I taped a piece of string the length of the wall and it helped.
- If you use Command strips, the part where you clean the wall with alcohol isn't just a suggestion. DO IT. Also, they are not perfect. I may have a few missing chunks of paint beneath some of those frames. But you will never know for sure...
A progress pic. Once I got everything on the wall, it was way too close together. So glad I didn't skip this!