DIY First Dance Artwork

April 3, 2012

I've been trying to come up with a cute craft to make using the lyrics to our first dance as husband and wife...
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We danced to The Way You Look Tonight sung by Tony Bennett. It was perfect for us and a moment I will never forget.

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And I think I found the perfect solution.....and the best part is that it was easy and only cost a few dollars!
Here's what I did:

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First, I printed off the lyrics to our song. I used Courier font size 10 and printed it on cream colored paper. I decided to bold a few of my favorite words like "love" "heart" "tonight" etc. I just copied and pasted the lyrics over and over until I had a full page. Then I used my heart shaped punch to punch out the lyrics, making sure to get all of the words punched at least once.

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I also printed a "j+j 10.05.08" on red cardstock for our initials and wedding date.

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Then I went through all of the hearts and selected my 24 favorites. I picked up a white frame with mat from Michaels (using a 50% off coupon) and arranged the hearts on some burlap I already had.

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At this point it sure helps if you have a cute side kick to approve your burlap usage.

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I wanted the hearts to pop, so I slightly folded them in half. Then I used my hot glue gun to put a tiny dot of glue on the crease.

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Then glue your hearts on! This was such an easy project.

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And there it is! I like how the hearts aren't flat against the burlap. Oh, and please ignore that rip in the mat on the upper right corner....it's since been replaced!

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I decided to go ahead and frame our wedding invitation too. It's still one of my favorite things about our wedding. I apologize for the bad lighting....it's not a very well lit hallway. These two frames are hanging on the wall opposite of our gallery wall, which you can see HERE. They are the perfect addition to the hallway.

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Here's a better photo of our wedding invite. Can we please do the wedding all over again? It was too much fun.

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37 Responses to “DIY First Dance Artwork”

  1. What a great idea! Love this :) Just looked back at your gallery wall & think it looks awesome! I think I will try something similar when I redo my home office. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    xo
    Sam

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  2. Okay - this is WAYYYY too cute! I like how there is a crease in the hearts - it gives it more dimension. This turned out fabulous!!!!

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  3. That's a really adorable idea! =) Good job!

    Y'all wedding invitations are to die for..so unique. I love things that are just a little different, ya know?

    And if you find a way to do the wedding over again, let me know. Best day of my life. :) Maybe we should invent a national holiday? Re-Wedding Day? haha Government funded, of course.

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  4. I love this, what a great idea! You are so crafty!

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  5. Sooo cute! I never thought of framing one of my invitations!! Perfect idea for the photo wall!!1 Thanks!!

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  6. Such a great idea! Turned out beautiful!

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  7. oh my gosh! I love it! so stinkin' cute!!!

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  8. I may steal your idea. I LOVE the lyrics to our song as well and have been looking for a way to incoperate them into a craft ... Someone gave us as a gift our invitation framed perfect to go along side it! LOVE IT! I agree - I want another wedding - with the same man!

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  9. Carly SappApril 03, 2012

    Julie...absolutely amazing!!! It turned out great! I love how the hearts have some dimension. Your gallery wall looks great too! I liked the mixture if black-and-white frames, but when I saw the all white picture, I loved it more! You made the right decision. I feel motivated to try some of your ideas in my house. It needs a lot of personality! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  10. Perhaps if I could spell today - *incorporate* is what I meant!

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  11. It looks so good! Such a sweet idea, and I still love your invitation :)

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  12. What a wonderful idea! Both turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a sweet idea!! Love this!! I would love to do this with our song, at last! :)

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  14. Oh Julie I LOVE this idea! like all your ideas pretty much. I must ask..what size frames are those from Michaels? I need some for one of our bedrooms. I think I may do this!!!

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  15. Too cute! I'll be adding this to my list of "must makes"!

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  16. I officially need to recreate this. It's SO CUTE!

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  17. Love this idea. I too was looking for an idea for our song. This is so cute and seems pretty easy.

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  18. This is SO CUTE!!! I love it!!!!!

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  19. I absolutely LOVE this! :)

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  20. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I LOVE both of these! I'm bookmarking this for after our move when I have time for crafty things! Terrific job!

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  21. Must steal this idea! Super cute.

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  22. Ok you are too darn creative. TOTALLY pinning this!!!

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  23. now THAT is a fabulous idea! And easy! And you could do any color scheme to match your wedding colors or the colors of your house now! Impressive! I'm posting tomorrow about our anniversary! Maybe I'll make this soon!

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  24. i LOVE this. soooo cute and personal.

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  25. Woah! That is such a cute idea! I love the pop of red in the frame too! You can never go wrong with red :)

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  26. Oh, it would be fun to do the wedding again! It was such a beautiful day. Very cute memory of you first dance.

    About your feline assistant......she is looking quite mature, but do you think she will grow into those ears?

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  27. SO sweet!! I love it! What size frame did you use???

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  28. That is SO CUTE! What a great idea, love love it!!

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  29. That is such a cute and creative idea!! And it looks so pretty framed like that. I think whenever i get married, i'm definitely going to recreate this for my first song lyrics!!

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  30. So cute! I love how you printed the lyrics to your first dance and made the heart from it.

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  31. What a wonderful idea and so perfectly put together. Especially loved the 3-D look and the one red heart! And of course, the kitty lying on the burlap stole my heart!

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  32. I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and thought it was SO cute!! I have wanted to do something with the lyrics of our first dance song too...may have to try this one day. Love it!

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  33. I love this...........it's too great for words. Can't wait to see the wall. You are just so creative. As for the wedding re-do, it would be wonderful. One of the best days of my life.

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  34. this is so SOOOOOO cute! :)

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  35. Where did you get the hole punch from???

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  36. What an awesome idea that I'm totally going to steal. :) Thanks!!

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  37. This is adorable! So excited to have found your blog. I am your newest follower. Would love to have you join along on my blog as well.

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