We had tons of cards from our wedding (as most newlyweds do - people don't tell you that you have to take all that stuff home after!). I couldn't just throw them away, so I've saved them for about a year now while I tried to figure out what to do. We didn't do a wedding album, so they couldn't go in that. A huge collage seemed a little boring, and framing each one would be going a little overboard (not to mention a whole lot of work to hang!). This morning I woke up with a perfect and totally obvious solution: I would make them into cranes!
I've posted about our wedding before, so you may already know that we had hundreds of cranes as decoration. Making more seemed like an art project that would bring it full circle :). I started with the stack of cards and envelopes; most of the envelopes were plain white but a few were made out of pretty paper or had been mailed, so I used them as well.
I cut each card that I was going to use into square, then folded them into cranes. For a lot of them, I folded them so that the words people had written us were on the outside. I love the idea that the well wishes are hanging where we can see them. This one is my favorite:
One morning of work, and I had a nice pile of cranes:
I organized them by size; the heaviest ones needed to go on the bottom so that they won't squash the smaller ones (I only know this from previous disasters :P).
Then I just pulled out a bit of extra ribbon I had laying around, tied a little bow at the bottom so they couldn't slip off, and started to string them. :
The cards were obviously pretty heavy weight, so I poked holes in the top with a pin to make it easier for the needle (just a plain darning needle) to go through.
After all the cranes were on the ribbon, I made a loop at the top; the spot I wanted to put them has a tall shelf that was perfect to hang the string from.
Then, I just slipped the loop on the shelf and ta-da!
A pretty decoration using something really meaningful. Not to mention not having to find another place to store the cards in our new house :P.
I'm so in love with how they turned out!