Thank You Cards and Funeral Memorials

29 Jul

If your family is like mine, we get A LOT of wedding invitations and funeral demands. We always come home with cards of thanks and remembrance. All those cards go in a drawer, to eventually be crumpled, spilled on, torn or otherwise destroyed. Their final fate is the trash.

As a sentimental fool, I refuse to see these items find the trash. I searched for a solution, and after many failed shelf attempts, I came up with a simpler answer.

I started with an old picture frame that has been haunting our shed for a few years:

It has a one inch lip and the image is recessed:

I left the image in the frame because it was stapled into the frame, and it gave me a nice cardboard back to attach the fabric. I chose a blue felt fabric for this project.

I would have ironed it, but the iron died a horrible death when it dove off the top shelf of the laundry room. I laid it flat and placed the frame on top, owl side down. I cut the fabric, leaving two inches around the frame. These two inches were essential to folding and attaching the fabric to the frame.

I got out the old Swingline stapler that my dad gave me in 1995. I stapled the edges of the fabric to the back of the frame.

Of course, the corners were the toughest. I had to fold and refold until they looked smooth around the edges.

After the fabric was finished, I attached a simple wall hanging:

It’s crooked, but no one is going to see that. The secret to all crafts is to hide the flaws behind the perfection! Finally, I super glued the cards, small candles, and decorations to the front:

That’s it! Of course, I’ll add to it as I find the rest of the wedding/funeral mementos. I view this as a wonderful reminder of those we love and have loved. Enjoy the craft and please, post pictures of your own memento wall! Share your unique ideas with us!


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