Using handkerchiefs as decor wasn’t my idea, but it was something I’ve had in the back of my brain for a while.
Earlier this summer, I ditched the kids and Mark for a fieldtrip with a friend to the Elephant’s Trunk flea market. Let me just say, it was redunculous.
I walked away with some great stuff: a standing lamp, the coffee table that I had spray painted red, a bunch of jars and bottles (I collect aqua glass), an awesome storage cabinet, and… a bunch of old handkerchiefs. Gross you think? I beg to differ. Decoration, my dears.
I looked on Amazon for some 12″ square frames that would work. I knew I wanted ones with minimal frame… ideally a square piece of glass clipped to a backing. I didn’t get exactly what I was imagining but these are the next best things:
Once the frames were delivered, all I had to do was choose the handkerchiefs that fit best, and slap them into the frames!
Using double stick tape, I affixed each corner of the fabric to the black cardboard backing that came with the frame. Some of the handkerchiefs were too small and since I didn’t feel like covering the black picture frame backing with something lighter in color, I just didn’t use all of them. Other handkerchiefs [handkerchieves?] were a little big so I had to wrap the edges over and tape them down.
When all was said and done, I had some adorable frames that I mounted on the way up to Martha’s room.
The frames were the biggest expense at $10 a pop, but the handkerchiefs/ves were $2 for the lot of them!