Mar 4, 2014

Framed Wedding Monogram

After two weekends of closet-building, and having the house in a shambles, this past weekend was devoted to relaxing, with a little bit of crafting thrown in.

A project I've been meaning to do for a while is a framed wedding monogram. Most I've seen online are painted on burlap, and while I could have done that, I have some green material with a bit of a velvety sheen that coordinated better with the matting, and with our wall colour.

It's a simple project - easy to do in just an afternoon. The hardest part was finding a suitable frame. It's not like I don't have a large supply to choose from, but I was having a bit of a Goldilocks moment - too large, too small, no matting.

At first I passed this one up - it had double matting that made the photo area too small - but I realized I could separate the matting and just use the larger one. The frame was already painted forest green so I gave it two coats of black paint and then a clear coat to seal it. I also applied a coat of furniture wax to give it a soft glow.

To make the lettering, I cut an adhesive-backed vinyl stencil using my Silhouette Cameo. The font style is Monotype Corsiva. Once the stencil was pressed to the material, I used craft paint to fill in the letters.

After it had dried and the stencil was removed, it was just a matter of framing it.

 I love the different textures - the woven material, the marbled mat, and then the wood grain.

I hung it in the front hall so that we can see it every day. Tom is probably wishing the entire wedding date was there so that he wouldn't have to remember it himself. :-)

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