The first step to making an outstanding favor is to choose what you want to frame. A favorite photo of the two of you is the obvious choice, but you can also choose something that ties in with your wedding theme. For example, if you are using the Winter Wedding Theme you might choose to frame a pair of clipart snowbirds, embellished with glittery touches and the wedding date. Dried, pressed roses with a favorite inspirational verse in a romantic font are an excellent choice for a Renaissance Theme Wedding favor. Using clipart and fonts found on sites like WeddingClipart.com you can easily and inexpensively create personalized favors for your guests.
Once you decide what you want to frame, then it's time to think about the frames themselves. Wedding favor picture frames can adhere to your theme, coordinate with your wedding colors or represent the two of you through any number of materials and embellishments.
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Craft stores are a fantastic place to start your search for the perfect frames for your project. Depending upon the number of photo frames you'll be looking for, you may need to take your search online, but a craft store is still a wonderful place to go when you are seeking creative inspiration. Be sure to bring along whatever it is you plan on framing so that you can hold it up to each frame to get a true picture of the basis for your project.
After selecting what is to be framed and the frame itself, you are ready to think about whether or not to use a mat. If you choose to go this route, consider using this opportunity to add a personal touch to your project.
For example, take a contemporary, cleanly styled black wood frame containing white or cream colored matting around a favorite casual pose of the two of you. With a black acid free pen, handwrite a note to be read by the recipient and sign it from both of you. You can make it a favorite quote or a loving thank you, but remember that whatever you write it may show up on your friend or family memberĀ?s wall for years to come. You may also wish to add clipart images that correspond with your wedding theme as accents.
Whether made of wood, metal foam or plastic, frames can act as a palette for further flourishes. For example, if you are having a Calla Lily Theme Wedding, your wedding favor picture frame choices should be in traditional hues. Embellishments to the frame should also be in a muted color scheme without making the favor too monochromatic. In contrast, if you are having a Disney Theme Wedding, it is less traditional and can stand up to the use of strong primary colors and whimsical frame embellishments like black foam ears.
Be aware that embellishments such as ribbon, seashells, glitter, beads, etc. are lovely in small doses, but donĀ?t go overboard. A hot glue gun is a wonderful crafters tool that can be used to make "blah" into "ta-da!", but it can also result in a sticky mess of favors that will end up in the trash versus the den.
Give some careful thought as to what you want your completed favors to look like and stop when you come up with an example that makes you smile. If you have a lot of favors to make, enlist the help of your bridesmaids. You can always choose different frames, photos, mats and embellishments for their favors and construct them yourself.
For a fun, memorable wedding favor that will be cherished by all who receive it, consider picture frames for an easy DIY project that will be pretty as a picture.