Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wedding Bells are a Ringin'

Before I jet off to Chicago for an extended holiday weekend, I thought I would share a DIY project that I recently did for one of my fave blogs; Monograms & Martinis.

With wedding season in full bloom, it is time to think about gifts! Yesterday, I was scrolling through what seemed like endless pages of a girlfriend's Crate & Barrel registry for her shower. I could not bare the idea of saying, "Congrats on your upcoming nuptials- here is a set of dish towels!" Lame...

I know there is a "registry etiquette", but I also know from my own experience that the best gifts I got for our wedding were personal and handmade by loved ones. So that got the ball rollin' on what I could do that would have a personal touch and something a bride would really love.

I realized that one of the most sentimental elements of a wedding is the couples wedding song. Our wedding song was Ray Lamontagne's "You Are the Best Thing"- love it and it has such great memories for us :)

I googled it and found that I could download the sheet music from for less than $5. I printed the first page out on a medium weight card stock paper.

I used regular brewed black coffee and a 2" sponge brush to give it an aged look. I let the coffee puddle around the edges to give it a little dimension. Once dry, it curled the paper up, but no biggie because the frame will hold it all down.

I had a 16"x20" frame that I painted gold and a matte cut at 11"x14" which I also painted gold. I taped the sheet music to the white back board and placed it in the frame.

All done!

I love the way it turned out- it is an extremely personal and sentimental item, but not too wedding-ish so it would look good in any room of the house.

Now, all you have to do is ask a friend what their wedding song will be and take from there. Knowing how emotional brides can be, I bet you would get some water works with this one! Make sure you write a little note on the back of the frame with the date and your name so they remember you were thinking of them on their big day!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day, and I will see you on Tuesday!!

XOXO Katie

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  1. Very cute idea! Have a great memorial day weekend!

  2. love this idea - the gold frame is fabulous as well!!

  3. I absolutely adore this idea! so fun!

  4. this is adorable & so simple! xx

  5. You are so creative. Great idea! PS - I just passed on the Liebster Award here ;)

  6. Katie - this is SUPER cute!!! I'm in the process of creating one for my friend's wedding gift next weekend :) Hope you're doing well!