Wine & Weddings: Escort Cards

This was a slightly longer project than I had originally thought. But one that, I think, turned out quite perfect.

I wanted to do something slightly more unique for our escort cards, than the traditional “lay on the table”.  So I had an idea, and was on a mission to make it happen. Though I will admit ideas came more into my head each time I purchased something for the project.

My first mission was to find an old frame. Something cool, and rustic. Originally it was going to be a dark “roughed up” wood, type frame. But then I found this great frame at Salvation Army for about $3. It had this perfect depth and the feel I wanted…. and a really creepy picture of two children.

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Once I had the very weird, and hard-to-get-off backing and ugly image, I decided instead of just staining it and roughing it up again, I was going to paint it grey. Since grey is playing a small role in our wedding.

I sanded it down, and got it ready to paint!

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I decided to go with a spray paint, since I figured that would cover much better than brushing. It was also a lot faster. Dad said I should use a primer first, and he happened to have some!

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I then got my grey! Now funny story about this. I had THOUGHT I just picked up a grey spray paint. Once I had put on my final two coats of paint, I realized….. it was in fact GREY PRIMER.

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But I LOVED the color so much, I was on a mission to keep my silly mistake.

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(note: the grey is actually darker in person.)

So I went to Hobby Lobby, again, and they happened to have their spray paint on sale(Whoo-hoo!!!!) And I just got a basic matte finish. So I was able to keep the lovely grey color.

When I first thought of this idea, I was just going to leave the frame backless. But throughout my wedding craftiness, I’ve decided that I really want to be able to re-use a lot of the stuff. So I chose to pick out a photo from our engagement session with Kevin Ryan at Second Glance Photos, to put into the frame.

And, of course, since its a weird and old frame, I couldn’t print a NORMAL size photo to just slide right in….. Back to Hobby Lobby I went.

With stellar customer service, and awesome prices, the framer lady helped me pick out a good matte to surround my image. We also chose a acid-free foam board to lay behind it AND since the backing was all messed up originally, they put a back on it as well as a wire so I can hang it after our wedding!

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And all of that only cost me $25. So with the frame and photo, the entire thing was roughly $35.

Since I will not be able to hang this at the wedding, I got a nice stand from Hobby Lobby. Which happened to be 50% off.

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The came the fun part of my idea. I wanted to wrap jute rope around the frame, making sort of a “clothes line” effect. Figuring out how to attach the rope to the frame(to make it strong enough and not completely ruin my frame).  I chose to try and “pin” the rope to the back.

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It worked fairly well. I think. I hope. It was hard nailing in the pins since the glass was still in the frame and I had no way of removing it. So I used the rubber mallet and hit gently….. The last thing I needed was to break the glass.

I then secured the rope just a little bit more with some electrical tape.

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And now I pray it holds! And it shouldn’t be to hard to remove after the wedding.

And wahla! Here is my escort card “holder”!

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Now my only hope is that it will hold all 86(roughly) cards on the big day…. if not… well. Some are going on the table.

 

Stay Fabulous,

-A

 

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