Cute DIY Wall Art for Spring

By Lynn Byrne. Often when I come across supposedly easy DIY projects in magazines, I wonder if the nice results the magazine has achieved are really possible for us regular folk.  I always have the sneaking suspicion that the magazine found the best possible examples that mere mortals didn’t have a prayer of replicating.  Or else, the magazine staffer possesses super powers in the crafty arena.  Not so with this charming project featured in the April issue of Canadian House and Home (photo above from there).  Click here for a link to their website.

Here vintage hankies are framed using album frames from Urban Outfitters (currently available online in black or white; 2 for $20 or 1 for $15).  Click here. All there is to this enchanting look is laying down a piece of white paper, placing the hanky over it and inserting the whole thing into the frame.  House and Home advises not to worry if the hanky does not entirely fit the frame.  The negative space and handkerchief edge, showcased by the white liner, adds to the look.  Then hang your collection in a grid about 2 inches apart.

Aah….. The collection.  How hard is it to find those hankies?  Would it take months to assemble 9 cute ones worthy of hanging in a guest room, sun porch, or kitchen eating area?  Nope.  I took a quick spin around eBay, and in 5 minutes, I found these nice examples.  The opening bids tended to be around $3.  House and  Home suggested a theme.  They chose red and blue handkerchiefs.  I uncovered a lot of vintage state designs that I thought would make an interesting display.

All handkerchief photos from eBay 

So have at this one.  Just remember, it will  probably look best if you pair the collection with something edgy, so the look doesn’t get too granny.  House and Home added the industrial lamp.  You could also hang the collection near a contemporary chair or table.  Something rustic is another option.  Have fun.

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  1. says

    this does look like something that can be replicated, and i love the vintage state hankercheifs. you have started something in me, i am going to tweak it just a bit, but i hope i am able to find what i am looking for. thank you for this fantastic idea!

  2. says

    I am so glad you like the project! I am sure you will come up with a great way to make it your own. I would love to see a photo of your finished result. You can email me by hitting the contact button at the bottom of my home page. Best, Lynn

  3. says

    Hi Jennifer,
    I recently subscribed to House and Home when Philip Gorrivan told me about a project of his that you featured. I did a post on that too. It is not easy to find your magazine, even in NYC so I am really glad I subscribed. I will update now to add the link.
    Kind regards,


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