- Mrs. Mouse
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
A few weeks ago I started a pretty simple DIY project. It all began when the Dude and I received a package from his sister, J-dawg. While she was visiting Austin for SXSW, she took a few pictures of us for a photography class she was taking. We just assumed they were for a project and would never see the results. Instead, eight black-and-white glossy photos showed up in our mailbox! I just knew that I had to incorporate them into the wedding somehow.
I decided on six of the photos to use and hit up my local Goodwill for some picture frames on the cheap. Two trips later, and I had these bad boys for under $15 total!
I selected frames in roughly the same size (about 11×7). I didn’t have to worry too much with exact size because of the generous white borders around the pictures. I was going for interesting textures, so that once I hit them with some black spray paint, they would still have some dimension to offer. I even picked out one faux-leather frame!
I laid out some scrap cardboard to protect our lawn, and then spray painted the frames, backside first. After letting them dry for an hour, I flipped them and sprayed the front. It only took one coat.
Little did I know, the hard part was yet to come. None of the pictures fit perfectly into the frames–the borders would have to be trimmed. I took a pair of scissors to the first two and almost cried at the horrible, crooked hack jobs I had given them. The photos and frames hung out on the living room floor for several days until I had a brilliant idea–hand this project over to the Dude! He’s a civil engineer, so he’s incredibly meticulous. Besides, I needed to study for the bar. So I set him to task with some scissors, Windex, and my finished frames.
He whipped these photos into shape in no time!
Here’s the final product. I originally wanted to connect them to each other with wire and suspend them from something (not sure what) in the ballroom for our reception. However, I have decided just arranging them with the cake and cookie tower will be so much easier, and will still look great.
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