(diy tutorial) first dance wedding gift idea

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One of my baby cousin’s recently got married on the beautiful white sandy beach in Mexico and because I couldn’t be there, I wanted to make her something special to let her know that I was still thinking about her on her big day. The groom’s friend wrote the couple a song to be used for their first dance. Because the song is so special to the couple, like most first dance songs are, I decided to use it in my project. I took a plain IKEA frame with a thick white mat and wrote their wedding lyrics on it. So simple and meaningful. I want to do this with my own first dance song lyrics when I get a chance.

White Mat
Pencil & Eraser
Acid Free Scrapbooking Pen


Step 1: Holding the photo mat how you will be placing the photo inside, mark the mat lightly with dots every 5/8 of an inch down the side. Use a pencil for this.

Step 2: Using the dots as a guide, draw a light line with a pencil horizontally across the mat every 5/8 of an inch.

Step 3: Using an acid free scrapbooking pen, write out the first dance song lyrics on the mat. Use the lines as guides to help keep your writing straight. I didn’t use punctuation or capitalization in my writing.

Step 4: Go back and erase the pencil markings.

Step 5: Place the mat and photo of the couple’s first dance inside the frame. You can place an engagement photo inside the frame as a place holder if you give this gift before the wedding.


Fine print: This post was originally published at I Heart Nap Time on August 14, 2012. You can find the original post here.

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  1. Debra says:

    A lovely, heart felt, beautiful, priceless gift that brought tears of happiness to my eyes. :)

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