In honor of Grandparent’s Day, which is celebrated on the first Sunday in September, here is a simple craft idea for a sentimental way to remember and display photographs of those grandparents that are no longer with us. My parents have been gone now for several years and this year I wanted to display their photos in our home in a special way for my children to remember their maternal grandparents.
Shown below are two different ways that I could display each of the photos of my parents which are framed using ivory mats and simple wooden frames. Each version features items that hold special meaning –
Father/Grandfather photo frame
The first version uses items that were once used by my father. I used four wrenches from my father’s tool box and arranged them around a simple wooden 5×7 frame holding the photo of my father. Other ideas which could be attached to the frame are car keys, fishing hooks or golf tees. Another idea for a bigger 8×10 frame would be to use a large single wretch, screwdriver, hammer or other tools.
The second version uses a personal item of my father, his stripped bowtie. Other ideas for items that could be attached to the frame are cuff links, military id tags or maybe a special tie wrapped around the frame.
Mother/Grandmother photo frame
The first version uses items that were once used by my mother. I used a string of my mother’s pearls and a cameo that my mother gave to me as a gift. I arranged the pearls in soft curves and attached the cameo at the top to cover the necklace clasp. Both these items, one from my mother’s personal jewelry and the other a special gift from her, have important meaning to me. The second version features a pair of rhinestone fur clips which are attached to the bottom of the frame.
I hope these photo frames inspire the idea of creating and decorating Grandparent’s Day photo frame to honor and remember those grandparent’s that are no longer with us.
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