Memento Picture Frame - Wedding DIY

People will come, people will goPeople we love, people we know And those distant bells in a churchyard square Are ringing for us somewhere And I'll sing them -Songs Never Sung (Jay Malinowski)

Have you ever wanted to pay tribute to a loved one on your wedding day, but wasn't sure how to go about it? There are a few options for this sort of DIY over on Pinterest, but today I thought I'd share with you an example of a simple project that I created that can be used either during photos on your wedding, or simply as a display during your ceremony and/or reception.

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This is a simple twist on just having a framed photo of your loved one, and it's something that you can easily make at home. All you're going to need is:

  • a picture frame in the size of your choice
  • a glue gun
  • flowers, greenery, wheat, leaves, etc.
  • a picture of your loved one
  • a book + something heavy
  • paper or tissue paper

If you've never pressed flowers before, fear not! This was my first time pressing them, and it's easier than you think (it just requires some patience haha). Start by selecting your loved ones favourite flowers (if they have a favourite), otherwise just choose some wildflowers that remind you of them, or that you think they would like. You can also get creative and use things like wheat if they were a farmer/rancher etc etc. Feel free to also forage a bit of additional greenery for filler. Once you have your greenery + floral, open your big book, lay a piece of paper down (as to not get your pages dirty, lay down your flora, top with another sheet of paper, close your book, and wait (for 1-2 weeks).

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Once you've patiently awaited for your flowers to full press and dry out (that's the reason they have to be in there so long, so they can dry), you can go ahead and open your book up and remove them from it's pages. Now it's time to figure out how you'd like to arrange everything on your matte.

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Using a glue gun, lightly dab a small bit of glue on the back of your flowers and/or greenery and arrange accordingly. Keep glueing flowers onto the frame until you achieve the look that you're wanting. Once all is said and done, assemble your frame carefully.

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Once you're all done putting everything back together, you're ready to have a few photos taken with your frame on your wedding day.