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Wedding Decorations For Your Church Or Reception: Monogrammed Letters For The Door
The doors to your church or reception hall...if you're lucky they are beautiful heavy wooden doors with beautiful carvings and you won't need to do much to dress them up for your wedding. However, not all brides are so lucky and many doors leading even into the church sanctuary are downright...well, ugly! Such is the case of some horrifically ugly doors to a plain little chapel where a wedding will take place I am planning for a friend. Believe it or not, there are glass doors leading to this chapel which will be propped open as the wedding guests enter the chapel. What to do to make this plain little space with the glass doors look less like the entrance to a department store and more like a darling little chapel where a beautiful wedding will take place? At first I thought about wreaths for the doors, but everyone does those. Then I saw some oversized wooden letters covered in moss that I thought might look pretty hanging from the doors by a ribbon. However, once I got to the store and looked at the moss, it didn't really have that elegant look or feel that the rest of the décor would have.
I also was concerned about costs for this wedding. If I did wreaths, I would want to use live flowers and that would add even more to our already growing floral budget. Then I remembered seeing some pictures of a wedding where they had hung empty picture frames from trees. It sounds kind of odd, but it was actually really pretty. I thought about somehow suspending the letters inside the empty frames but couldn't figure out how to do it. Plus, the doors were clear and the frames would be empty, so that wouldn't really solve my problem of distracting from the ugly doors.
I really wanted the monogram letters to be a focal point and the frames would be a perfect way to do it, so I finally decided on a framed monogram letter hanging by some beautiful organza ribbon. It turned out to be a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate those not-so-attractive church doors that basically anyone can do...almost no DIY skill required!
What You will Need For This Project
Supplies and cost for each are as follows:
(2) 10"x13" picture frames, any color because you can spray paint them to match your wedding colors. ($5.00 each, but you may have some hanging out in your garage or find some at a thrift store for less)
(2) pieces of gift wrap, wallpaper, scrapbook paper, etc. in your wedding colors, cut to fit into the picture frames. (I had leftover wallpaper from another project, so this was free for me.)
Can of spray paint, if necessary. ($1.00 - $4.00, depending on quality of the paint)
1 1/2" - 2" ribbon in your wedding colors, amount will vary depending on how far down you want your frames to hang. ( I found a 10 yard roll for 50% off that was normally $3.99, so an excellent deal on that.)
Glue stick or spray mount to attach the paper to the cardboard backing in the picture frame. ($1.00 for glue stick or $4 for Spray Mount)
Scissors (Hopefully, you already have these or maybe you shouldn't be considering a DIY project!)
(2) over the door wreath hangers ($1.00 each)
(2) wooden letters in the bride and groom's first initials ($3.97 each)
Tacky glue to glue the initials to the paper you have inserted into the frame (I already had, but about $2 if you don't.)
So if you're frugal (i.e., an insane tightwad like me!), you can do this project for around $20, less if you can get all your materials on sale!
How to Make A Framed Monogram
First, if you need to spray paint your frames, go ahead and do that now and let them dry. Once the frames are dry, open them up and take out the glass. It makes a great template for the paper you will cut to go in the frame. Lay your paper on a flat surface and put the frame glass on top, tracing around it with your pencil. Cut it out with your scissors. Repeat for the other frame. Spray the back of the paper with spray mount or put glue or glue stick around all the edges and glue down to the cardboard that backs your picture frames. Carefully, slide the glass back into your frames, but don't close the back of your frames yet.
How To Hang the Monogram
Cut a piece of ribbon approximately four feet long and slide one end through the top of each frame, bringing the two ends together, so the frame is hanging from the ribbon. Wait to tie the ends together till after you have gotten to the wedding venue, hung the wreath hangers and adjusted the length of the ribbon accordingly. Spray paint the initial letters in the same color as your frames or a coordinating wedding color. Center the initial letters on top of the glass in the frames and make some tiny marks with tape or a grease pencil once you have the correct placement. Apply glue and glue the letters down. I had some stones leftover from the wedding wish tree project, so I used them to cover the letters and give them some extra sparkle. But they look pretty on their own as well! Let them dry and you are ready to hang your beautiful framed monograms for a unique, personal and inexpensive decoration for those ugly doors or anywhere at your wedding that could use a little dressing up!