I immediately ran to my computer to look for frames. Thankfully, Michael's decided to run a 40% off poster frame sale PLUS a 20% off entire purchase coupon a mere 12 hours after this issue presented itself. I grabbed two pewter frames and two sheets of purple textured cardboard for under $20. After about 15 minutes of labor, here's what we emerged with:
I was a little skeptical of the frame plan, but it turned out beautifully. The letters pop off the purple background, the purple plays right into our color palette, the frame protects the letters from any nasty weather... the list of reasons why this was the right decision go on and on. Sure, they aren't 100% ivory, as my original plan dictated.
But, they're pretty darned close, and the little spots of color give them a little more dimension and personality, at least in my bride brain. I can't tell you how relieved I feel to see a project through to the end, even though it turned out a bit differently than I originally anticipated.
Now that I'm on the other side of the floral letter project, here are a few tips I picked up along the way that I found to be quite helpful.
- If you're looking to save money, I was really happy with my decision to do cardboard and staples. Readily available materials!
- I am still confident that the Hawaiian garlands were the most flowers for the lowest price, but the color turned out to be a snag. Just something to keep in mind if you're very specific about the ultimate hue you want.
- When stapling the flowers onto the letter, definitely have something under the letter if your cardboard isn't super thick.
- If you go the frame route, I'd actually suggest looking for less expensive ones with plastic instead of glass. We were able to smoosh the flowers into the frames because the "glass" was able to warp and give a little bit, which real glass likely wouldn't do.
(all photos personal.)