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March 28, 2011

Framed hankie + vintage photos

Last week, I bought a questionable piece of art at Homegoods; I almost felt like I needed to explain to the checkout girl that I wasn't going to hang the matted and framed "Espresso - Bottoms Up" anywhere in my house, but I was going to rip it apart and recycle the mat and the frame for something even better!

I own a very special handkerchief that was a my grandmother's; she left it to me when she passed away, and she wanted me to use it on my wedding day. I incorporated it into my bridal bouquet last May, and it matched the pink peonies beautifully.

A while back I looked into having the handkerchief framed professonally, but I frowned at the price tag. I decided to set out and find a frame and mat the same size I needed, tear it apart, and put it back together. $24.99 really beats paying over $160! Once I got the hankie in the frame, I thought it looked a little lost; it needed something else. I have a bunch of old family photographs that I love, so I added them in the mix, and voilĂ ! I now have an affordable custom piece of art that means something special to me.


  1. I found your blog through pinterest and I just wanted to tell you that I love this idea. I too got a hankie from my great grandma when she passed and was trying to think of ways to display it and I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!t

  2. I love this! My grandmother passed away 3 weeks ago and I have a beautiful scarf of hers that I want to display. At first I was thinking a shadow box with other items, but this may be better. What did you use to hold the photos to the hankie? So cute!

  3. Looks lovely! A great idea.

  4. I love this. Great idea--and I love how you incorporated the photos into the use of the handkerchief.

  5. love it! i kept a TON of my grandma's old photos when she passed away, and i've been hoping i'd find a great way to display i just need to find something to put them on! if you find any other ways to use old photos, i'd love to see them!

    - Amy Clark

  6. re: KRIS.10.K - I used regular ol' double-sided tape. The only other option would be sewing it down...and we all know this girl is way too impatient for something like that... :)

  7. Natalie,

    I'm totally doing this I love the idea ... I have a hankerchief that Phil's mom gave me on our wedding day that will be perfect!
    Katie Price


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