Wedding Dress Jewelry Display
Most women are probably at a total loss for what to do with their wedding dress once the wedding day is over. Some women sell theirs, some women pass theirs down to other family members, some turn theirs into Christening gowns for their children, and some are like me and just have them sitting in their closets.
My friend Missy was facing this same predicament. She has two sons, so no illusions of one of her children wearing it some day. The dress was just sitting in a bag in her closet. We were working on designing her a hanging jewelry display when she had the great idea of incorporating her wedding dress into the design.
I think I asked her if she was sure about this, oh maybe a dozen times! To say I was nervous to cut up someones wedding dress is an understatement! As I sat on the floor with scissors in hand I do believe I had a small panic attack. I held my breath…..picked up the scissors…..and started cutting away!
I grabbed an empty picture frame from my stash and painted it a light brown to go with Missy’s bedroom decor. I cut a thin wood board to fit inside the back of the picture frame.
Using some spray adhesive, I attached a couple layers of her dress to the new wood back. I added them in the order that they were on the dress, with the top layer being the one that was on the outside of the dress. Then it was time to start cutting the top of the dress. *holding breath*
After much debating how to best detach the bodice, turning the dress inside and out, I finally pulled the top part with all the detailing away from the dress. We wanted to make sure that all this beautiful beading and lace was preserved and displayed. I attached the bodice to the fabric covered board with spray adhesive and fabric glue. I wanted it to appear as if the dress was still in one piece and just lying inside the frame.
Once the dress was attached to the backing it was time to add the hooks. I decided on using 7 cup hooks across the top to provide lots of hanging space. They were just screwed in by hand into the wood.
I attached the whole thing into the frame with some small nails and it was done. Now she has a beautiful place to hang her jewelry….not to mention an awesome visual reminder of her wedding day.
So when I was finally able to get my heart to slow down and the knot in my stomach subsided I was able to take a step back and enjoy the finished project. I love it and so does she! So do you have a wedding dress just sitting around getting old? Why not make a wedding dress jewelry display for yourself???
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