First thing’s first: Brideslady M (aka my dearest wedding twin): vamoose. This post does not concern you.
Fox image via Roseanna Piter
She gone?? OK good.
This weekend I’ll be heading to my old turf back in Philly for brideslady M’s surprise bridal shower. I know that generally you are supposed to buy gifts off of the bride and groom’s registry for these types of events, but I had an itch to do a little something different. While brideslady A (also invited to said shower) and I will be splitting a gift for M, I felt the desire to do a bit extra. Get my DIY on. Display my creativity and whatnot.
I forget where I originally saw the idea, but I wanted to create a quick and easy yet pretty looking monogram-in-a-frame for M and her soon to be hubs. After a quick trip to Michaels and scrounging around my arts and crafts box, I had my supplies.
Three letters, a shadow box, glitter glue, and teal card stock (not shown: paintbrush and glue).
I didn’t want to go too overboard with anything, since I’m pretty good at completely effing things up when I try and get fancy. I figured a nice coat of glitter paint on the outside of the wood letters might spruce things up and create a bit more 3D effect.
Ehh, a bit too bare; so I added a second coat which really helped!
I cut the card stock down to the size of the frame, then glued the letters onto the back and onto each other.
I then assembled everything into the frame, and presto! A shadowbox monogram!
As a final step, I also added a thin strip of glittery card stock around two sides of the frame. I could say I meant to do this from the get go and be all artsy fartsy with it, but that would be a lie. In all actuality, I realized a bit too late that I glued the letters on off-center and needed to fill up the right side somehow. You can sorta tell in the next picture.
I promise it looks better in person than it does from my phone’s camera (taking pictures with my dSLR was just way too much work last night). Foxy even said he wanted me to make one for us eventually! I’d count that as a win.
Anyway, I just thought this was a fun, relatively easy little project that you could do a lot with and might be a nice little gift for any number of occasions! And hey, if brideslady M hates it…it was maybe a total of $20 after coupons and such. I won’t be offended.
What are some other creative monogrammed gift ideas you’ve seen out there?