Sunday, February 12, 2012

Framing Vintage Hankies

My mom collects vintage handkerchiefs.  They're really pretty, but up until now she's kept them all stashed away in a bin where she doesn't really get to see and enjoy them. In honor of Valentine's day, I framed four of them for her.  Here's how I did it:

Most hankies are square so finding frames can be a little tricky.  For the one small hankie, I used this small 12 x 12 inch album frame I found at Michaels.

And, for the three larger hankies, I used these 19.75 x 19.75 inch Stromby frames I found at Ikea for $12.99 each.

I spray painted the frames gold using RustOleum metallic spray paint.

Side note: I didn't prime the frames prior to spray painting them gold, but if I had it to do all over again, I definitely would.  Without primer the gold paint chips off easily when bumped or rubbed.

I cut out pieces of white poster board to fill each frame.

I ironed each hankie, spritzing 'em with a little bit of water as needed to help get the wrinkles out.

To help keep the hankies from shifting in the frames, I secured a corner of each hankie to the poster board backing with an inconspicuously placed piece of double sided tape.

This is how they look.

The finished framed hankies are hung in a grouping on the wall in my mom's family room.  It's the wall she's designated for a rotating seasonal display.  Details about her fall display and Christmas displays here and here.

Hung among the framed hankies is this small red framed heart my mom already had. My brother painted it when he was in grade school.

And, the yellow drawing in the gold frame at the top has been a part of every seasonal display so far - it's pretty, it's neutral, and it goes well with the rest of the room.


Jenny said...


Anonymous said...

Another idea for my deceased mother's hankie's. I had made angels for the Christmas tree for sisters out of some of them..MaryAnn

Janine said...

Great idea!

shirley said...

Some really great ideas and art.

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