Okay, now for today’s post.
I am a gifty person. I love the process of picking out “that perfect thing” for a friend or family member, keeping the big surprise to myself, and then watching their faces when they see what I got them. I’ve had a few duds over the years… things that I thought were more perfect than they really were. DIY gifts that I was sure I could actually make and didn’t turn out quite as anticipated. You know the feeling.
So a few months before our 1 year anniversary I started to brainstorm ideas for that perfect gift. Thank you Pinterest. Then Josh and I decided that we wanted our gift to each other to be a trip to Chicago. I loved that idea because our trips together are usually quick trips home to see our families (I love those too, but a getaway was much needed). Still, I had come up with all of these gifty ideas and still wanted to make something little.
Since Josh is pretty artistic I decided to see if rather than making him something, we could make something together as our gift. I showed him what I had seen on Pinterest and being the brilliant person he is, he had all of these ideas to make it even better.
We found a square shadow-box frame at TJ Maxx on the cheap. I bought a 12″x12″ sheet of gray scrapbook paper to provide a neutral background that went with the theme of our wedding. Then I got out a 2″ heart cookie cutter that I had and hauled out all sorts of wedding memories (cards, programs, invitations, pictures…).
The final product turned out absolutely perfect! I love the little reminders of our day, and we also had fun going through everything together and reminiscing about our day. (I think that was the most special part of this project). I would highly recommend doing this project with your loved one. It gave us an excuse to sit around the table and just go through the pictures again, look through cards, and think about special moments that we wanted to put in the frame. Also, Josh is better at hanging things straight on the wall than I am… We all have our talents
The whole thing took about 2 hours to make, just because we enjoyed the process of sorting through the memories:)
-12″ x 12″ shadow box frame that has at least 1/2″ of room between the back of the frame and glass
-1 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper (for the background)
-heart shaped object to trace (I used a 2″ cookie cutter)
-glue gun (recommended – you could probably use regular craft glue but I liked the fact that the hot glue set up so quickly and held the hearts in their folded shape)
-cards, pictures, other memories
1. sort through your memories to find 16 different things that you want to include – we used 4 pictures, 2 of our save-the-dates, 4 parts of our wedding program, 1 wedding card, 1 burlap table number, 1 craft paper with our date stamped on, 1 craft paper with white hearts stamped, 1 craft paper with our thumb prints in a heart shape, and 1 red heart with our initials
2. trace the heart-shaped object around each part you want to cut out
3. use a scissors to carefully cut out each heart
4. fold the hearts in half – make sure this is a tight crease
5. draw a grid on your scrapbook paper using pencil (light lines so you can erase them!) with each cross hair in the center of where you want the hearts – 4 lines across, 4 lines down – 3 inches apart
6. figure out the pattern of hearts you want, we played around with the design for a while trying to figure out the best placement of everything, if you’re doing a single red heart you might want to place that first and then figure everything else out around it
7. use a hot glue gun to place a dot of hot glue on one of the cross hairs of the grid
8. place the center of the corresponding heart on the glue, holding it in the folded shape you want the finished product to have until the glue sets
9. repeat steps 7 and 8 until all of the the hearts are in place
10. use an eraser to erase the grid lines
11. place the scrapbook paper into the frame and hang proudly on your wall!
This keepsake has become a wonderful memory box and also a talking point for our friends and family when they come to visit. Let me know if you try it out!!!
And here are just a few close up shots of the hearts to give you some ideas of what we did…