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After the Wedding: How to Reuse Your Wedding Cards

Updated on October 26, 2014
Decoupage Picture Frame Made from Wedding Cards
Decoupage Picture Frame Made from Wedding Cards | Source

Turn Those Wedding Cards You Received into a Beautiful Wedding Keepsake!

Like many brides, after my wedding, I had all of these beautiful wedding cards that I received, but had no idea what to do with them. I knew I didn't want them to sit in a box by themselves and collect dust, however, I'm not a very crafty person, so I felt that my options were rather limited.

I needed an easy project for the "craft challenged." After scouring the internet and collecting a variety of ideas, I decided to try my hand at decoupage. I've never done decoupage before, but it seemed relatively simple...and it was!

I went through all of my wedding cards and cut out pretty pictures, patterns, words, and quotes. I decided to create a decoupage collage on picture frames that we can then put our wedding pictures in.

For those of you out there who are "craft challenged" like myself, I took pictures every step of the way! Read on to find step by step instructions accompanied by photos. I was so impressed with the end result and it was so easy!

**All pictures featured below were taken by me and belong to me. Please ask permission before using.**

The Dilemma

My husband and I were married on 3/30/2013. I had just finished sending out roughly 100 thank you cards for gifts and well wishes, but found myself faced with a dilemma...what to do with all of the beautiful wedding cards we received??!!

I didn't want to just stow them away in a box, never to be seen or looked at again. So I scoured the internet for neat ideas on how to turn these cards into some sort of keepsake. As I was browsing, I came across a great idea: Decoupage!

Choose an Item to Convert into a Wedding Keepsake - (I Chose a Picture Frame)

Wooden Picture Frame
Wooden Picture Frame | Source

If found this simple picture frame at my local Wal-Mart in the crafts section. It cost me a whoppin' $0.97! I'm sure you could also find frames or other items at Michaels, a thrift store, or other craft store. I also found some great options on Amazon.

Here are some other things you will need for this project:

  • Modge Podge or Any Decoupage Glue of your Choice

  • A Small Brush or Sponge for Application

  • Scissors

Gather All of the Wedding Cards You Received

Wedding Cards
Wedding Cards | Source

Once you have gathered all of the wedding cards you received, create a stack and briefly look at each card. You don't have to spend an excessive amount of time on this step, you are only looking for cards that catch your eye. Here are some things to look for:

  • Pretty Pictures and Images that Catch Your Eye

  • Patterns or Colors that Would Make an Interesting Background

  • Cute and/or Meaningful Quotes

While you go through the stack of cards, you can begin cutting out images, patterns, or quotes that you want to use on your frame. (You may want to wait to cut out backgrounds since you may need some blank spots you need to fill later that need to be a certain size.)

Arrange Your Cut Outs

Wedding Card Cut Outs
Wedding Card Cut Outs | Source

Arrange your cut outs where you want them on the frame before gluing. Keep in mind you can place the cut outs at different angles to create more interesting lines. As you can see in my picture above, you also don't have to worry about bits and pieces of cards hanging over the edge of the frame, those will be trimmed off later.

Glue On the Background & Trim the Edges

Wedding Card Frame
Wedding Card Frame | Source

Once you have decided upon the arrangement of your cut outs, remove them all from the frame. Cover your table with newspaper or some other cover to protect the table...this could get messy!

Brush on Modge Podge or other decoupage glue onto the surface of the frame with a small paint brush or sponge. Before the glue dries, carefully place the first layer of cut outs on the frame, where you want them. Gently smooth out each cut out as you place it on the frame to ensure there are no air bubbles trapped beneath. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the glue to dry.

Once the glue is dry, flip the frame over so the decorated side is facing down and trace the edges of the frame with an exacto knife or razor blade to remove the excess cards hanging off the sides.

Tip: Only glue on one layer of cut outs at a time.

Glue On Another Layer & Brush Glue Over the Entire Surface to Create a Glossy Finish

Wedding Card Frame
Wedding Card Frame | Source

Next, apply Modge Podge or decoupage glue of your choice onto the backs of the remaining cut outs. Carefully place them where you like on the frame and smooth out the air bubbles.

Then apply a thin coat of glue over the entire surface of the frame. This will seal the cards on and create a pretty, glossy finish. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.

Repeat this step until you have added all of the layers you want to your frame and until the glossy finish on the surface is to your liking.

(I added about 3 coats and was really happy with the result!)

Voila! You Have Created a Beautiful Wedding Keepsake!

Wedding Card Frame
Wedding Card Frame | Source

I was so happy with the result of my picture frame! I love that I put all of those beautiful wedding cards we received to good use. Every time I look at the picture frame, I think of all of the well wishes and am reminded of all of the wonderful family and friends that attended our wedding.

Also, I loved how easy this project was! This is my first experience with decoupage, but I have a feeling I will be doing a lot more of it!

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      For more than just wedding cards, too! Love it!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Oh yes, and congratulations on your purple star, marvelous.

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Oh, I so love this project....thank you. Yours turned out so beautiful.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your presentation of a new idea, with skill indeed. Fun to read.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also congratulations on your so Crafty purple star...kind of the icing on the cake! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a sweet idea and way to keep the freshness of those memories....and you've left possibilities for other occasions one may want to keep close in heart, very creative and full of nostalgic wonder!:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A perfect way to keep all special thoughts on your wedding day in one frame plus the wedding photo . nice job

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is cool. I can see doing this with any cards. Thank you.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      This is an excellent idea for any type of card. I may just do this with some of my old Christmas cards. Thank you!

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      Love, love, love this! I am going to try this with some of the baby shower cards I have stashed in the bottom of my trunk. Great tutorial and photos!

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      What a GREAT idea for the wedding cards you received. I am really impressed and you've inspired me to look around for cards I've just storing away over the years.

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing; I love this idea! Although I did a special project with my favorite wedding card, I'm one of those who has kept the rest in a box in the spare bedroom! So much better to show them off!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      What a creative way to make a keepsake wedding frame and art piece with your wedding cards!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Neat idea and a great way to keep those memories. I am going to do this with some Christmas cards! =)

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      The final product looks great! It's a wonderful to keep your cards and not feel burdened by them. Good idea!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @aesta1: I was thinking baby shower cards too! The possibilities are endless!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @SusanDeppner: What a great idea! I will definitely be doing another for our anniversary, thanks for the idea!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your project turned out beautifully! What a great memory for you - as well as an awesome idea! I'm with aesta1 - great suggestion for birthday or other cards, too. Hope you're planning a companion frame for our 1st anniversary!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea to use these cards. This can be applied to birthday and other cards.