Here is a sweet DIY wedding invitation keepsake idea that you can use to decorate your first home with the love of your life. Follow along as I show you how to preserve your wedding invitation and save-the-date along with a few other beautiful ideas.
In our house we are planning a wedding. It seems like yesterday I planned my wedding day and now here we are planning a wedding again with my daughter. Which is what promoted this wedding invitation keepsake idea.
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Nice! That means less time writing addresses for the big day.
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Now after your wedding is over you will most likely be left with unused wedding invites and you will wonder what do I do with them. Here are some ideas.
What can I do with unused wedding invitations?
There are several options for what you can do with unused wedding invitations.
- Repurpose them into other types of cards, such as thank you notes or birthday cards.
- Make keepsakes and crafts with them like wall art and Christmas ornaments
- Donate them to a local school or community center for use in art projects.
- Recycle them to reduce waste.
DIY Wedding Invitation Keepsake Idea
To start this DIY project you will need a few supplies. Here is a list of what we used to create my daughter Savanna's wedding invitation keepsake.
- Invitation and save-the-date
- Frames (we used three)
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towel
- Scissors (optional)
Add a Little Something Special
There is a little something else I need to talk about before we talk frames. When you are planning your wall decorations with the save-the-date and invitations look through and see if there are any letters, vows, photos of the happy couple, or anything else that can be a part of this small gallery or collage.
In Savanna's design she had a old fashion typewriter letter from her fiance. What makes it so great is the content but also the misspelled words from hitting the wrong keys.
I mean how cute is that?
So if you have something special like an old love letter, message on a post-it-note or anything that means the world to you add it into the mix of this design with your wedding invitations. You could even print something that just has your wedding date on it.
Now back to how to preserve your wedding invitation.
How to Preserve Your Wedding Invitation
Let's start by shopping for matching frames. If you are a minimalist like my daughter look for some with little to no edging.
This pencil line trim really allows the wedding invitation keepsake to be the center of attention.
Next make sure that your frame is either larger than your invitation and save-the-date or exactly the same size.
Framing your Keepsake Invitations
To begin take the back off the frame.
And give it a good cleaning. It is important to make sure there is nothing between the invitation and the glass.
I also brush off the paper of the invitation in case there is something on it. You don't want hair, lint or anything between the glass and the invitation.
Next turn the invitation upside down and place it on the glass.
And then sit the cardboard back that was already inside the frame on top of the invitation.
Snap the back on or in some cases you will attach the back with screws or turn buttons.
After you have all your pieces framed it is time to think through where to hang them.
How to Hang your Wedding Invitation Keepsake
Before you begin pick where you want to hang your wedding invitation keepsake idea. In Savanna's room there is a narrow spot next to her mirror that is perfect.
Select an Arrangement for the Frame
Next decide on the arrangement of the frames like you are planning a gallery wall. For this space simply laying the frames in a straight row was perfect. You can hang your gallery wall with more items. You can even arrange pieces to tell your love story. There are so many creative ways to hang your treasures.
Lay them out on the floor or on a table in exactly how you want them to be arranged. If you have more than three frames check out my how to hang a gallery wall post. This is will show you a better way. to hang your gallery wall with more than three items.
It will help you plan more than three frames. But if you only have three keep going down into the post for details.
Hang the Center Frame
Next start hanging the keepsake invitations with the center piece first.
Hang the Top or Bottom Frame
Then hang the top or bottom frame. I went with the bottom frame first.
Simply line up the frame with the center frame, mark the spot and hammer in the nail.
And you have the bottom invitation hung.
Hang the Top Frame
Now it is time to hang the top frame. Keep things lined up and just like before mark your spot, hammer in a nail, and hang the next invitation piece or a sweet message from your honey.
And there is our wedding invitation keepsake idea. See how simple this project is and it fits into any home decor so beautifully!
This would also be the perfect wedding gift from the bride, groom, family member, or best friend. Especially if you write a special note in the third frame and give it to them before or after the wedding.
I love surprises!! Wouldn't this be a great surprise for the married couple?
More Invitation wedding gift Ideas
If you like this decor idea for your wedding invitations, or as a wedding gift check these out as other ideas…
- Decoupage your invitation in a larger frame.
- Hang your invitations from wood pieces
- Southern Bridal Shower Ideas
The beauty about this project is that you do not have to wait until the wedding is over to create a beautiful invitation keepsake.
And the best part about this project is that you can carry it with you to your new home, apartments or where ever you will spend your life together.
One more thought. If you want to check out minted.com go sign up for their emails. They are all the time sending discounts on their stationary and invitations. They also carry bridal shower invitation cards, unique wedding gift ideas, unique gifts, classic wedding gift ideas, gift tags and gift card ideas, wedding albums and other holiday cards and gifts.
I hope you have been inspired to use your wedding invitations as decorations for your home or create custom wedding gifts for someone special. This really is the perfect gift item.
So, go ahead and give it a try! Your future self will thank you for it.
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I would consider adding a piece of non-acidic, archival paper between your wedding art and the cardboard backing. Over the decades, acid from the manufacturing process will leach out and discolor your irreplaceable art. Better yet, consult a paper seller for a backing that is acid-free.
Tuesday 29th of October 2019
Thank you for the tip! This is a great idea!