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.

The Blue Bird Box

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This craft all began with the fact that my friend is getting married and the theme for her wedding is blue birds. It certainly is a lovely wedding theme as blue birds mate for life.  I found part of her gift right away, by walking into the tea room/gift shop in Morrisburg, called “The Basket Case”.  It was there that I discovered the first part of her gift -a perky little pair of blue bird salt and pepper shakers.  I was thrilled with my purchase, but I wanted the gift to be extra special so I decided to make a decorated container for the pair.  I found an unpainted wooden chest-shaped box at the dollar store and planned how to transform it.

I decided to paint the box a pretty sky blue with acrylic paints.  Once it was painted inside and out, my husband sprayed it with acrylic glaze.  Then I lined the inside bottom with soft blue felt which I glued in place and trimmed with scissors.  I wasn’t sure what I would use to decoupage the top until I remembered that I had some pretty blue flowered paper napkins.  I first of all separated the two layers of napkins and then I cut carefully around the flowers.  I then covered the top of the box with white glue (I will probably use less glue in future projects).  I placed the cut out flowers on the glue in a pleasing pattern.  After the glue dried I placed a number of blue and silver sequins on the box top as well with glue (I restrained myself from adding more than about ten).  My next step was to add Mod Podge  by brush all over the paper flowers and sequins.  I did about three coats, drying each coat carefully before adding the next.  I stenciled “love” in a darker blue on the front and covered it with Mod Podge too.  The final step was spraying acrylic glaze over it all again and putting the blue felt on the bottom of the box to protect any table it is put on.  Altogether, I was very pleased with the results, although I need more practice in stencils.

I had also been working on a painting of blue birds to go with the gift.  I tried it in various medium and liked the results I got with water colour pencils, gouache and soft pastels the best.  I was very anxious to know how my friend felt about the gift, so I was relieved that she and her husband-to-be seemed so delighted with it.  It was an enjoyable project to do and I would do something like it again.  I’m thinking of maybe making my three grandchildren treasure boxes with their names on them the same way.  I love having crafting projects.