A Wedding Memento

ImageI have wanted to take my wedding invitation and make it into a wedding memento for a long time.  I saw the one that someone had done of my sister’s invitation and thought I could do something like it.  However, her invitation had been burned around the edges and I sure wasn’t going to try that with only one invitation on hand.  Besides, I’d had to do that with my children’s history projects many years ago and believe me it is risky.

Our invitation had a deckled edge, so I decided rather than cut out the invitation part, I should just tear it carefully, which is what I did.  I sanded the dollar store wooden plaque oval and then painted it a very pale yellow acrylic paint (front and back).  After it dried, I used white glue to affix the invitation and decorations to the plaque.  Afterwards I gave it one coat of Mod Podge.  Then I used a dry brush method to paint on the gold and used a cloth to wipe most of it away.  It took me a few coats to get the desired antiqued effect.  I then brushed on another coat of Mod Podge.  I have already sprayed it with an acrylic sealer, but I think it needs another coat of Mod Podge.  All in all, I’m happy with the way it turned out.  I know this is not a unique craft, but I think that it could be done for a birth announcement,  a graduation program or even your grandmother’s wedding certificate.  It would make a really nice gift for a new bride, a new mom or a graduate.  Handmade gifts are appreciated and cherished when done well, so take your time and enjoy the process.

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