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I Love You Because Frame

This DIY frame was made for Making the World Cuter by Kassi Mortensen, our crafty friend of Truly Lovely.Hey there friends!So, my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on Monday!! Whoot! Did you know that the traditional gift for the first year of marriage is paper? I scoured the interwebs and finally found something for my husband that would fit the paper description…A I love you because… frame!

DIY Frame

paper anniversary giftThis craft only requires a few steps! And a fewmaterials!Materialsneeded:

  • Picture frame (I got mine at Wal-Mart for $3!)
  • Spray paint (if you prefer a different color for the frame)
  • Sanding block (again, if you plan to paint the frame and like the ruffed up look)
  • Dry erase marker
  • Two magnets
  • Glue
  • Photo or printer paper

This one is so simple I prefer not to insult your intelligence with a complete play by play. 😉
But basically you spray paint the frame (my frame was black and I preferred a dark brown for where it would be displayed). I ruffed up the edges so a little of the black showed through for a more rustic look.

Then I designed my print out in Word, printed it on photo paper and stuck it in the frame.

Traditional Anniversary Gift

adding magnets to a marker

I used E-6000 glue to glue one magnet onto the frame itself and another onto my dry erase marker. Now there’s a marker handy anytime either of us wants to write on the glass!

First Year paper Anniversary

Please excuse my horrible handwriting… I was in a rush before the hubs came home! haha! I displayed the frame in our bathroom so each morning we can leave one another sweet messages. 😉

Happy crafting lovelies!

Now It’s Your Turn

Do you give traditional wedding anniversary gifts? What gifts have you given?

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Tiffany is a stay at home mom to four ridiculously cute kids and wife to one smoking hot Mc Dreamy lookalike. She loves remodeling, chocolate chip cookies and sunshine. She is the founder of Making the World Cuter, a site committed to doing just what the title states; Making the world cuter, one kid, DIY, yummy treat or crafty thing at a time.

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  1. says

    I have looked at doing the traditional gifts every year but really haven’t done much with them. I love that you started doing them right from the get go! It’s a super cute gift too! 

    • kassarie says

       @Tiffany Hewlett Thanks Tiff!! And the hubs has even written on it!!! Makes my day every time I get a new message/leave him a new message! Highly recommend making yourself one! :)