|(sorry, I haven't hung it. It is standing on my headboard)|
Here is how I did it within my $0 budget.
At my local not-for-profit thrift store they have a book shelf of free books. One offs that they can't sell so they just let you take what ever you want. So whenever I am there I look for old books and dictionaries. I like to stack them to prop up little items on our bookshelves. Over the past few months I have created good collection of odd old books...some are not as good as others like the Nursing one from a really long time ago that has horrible drawings in it. I be sure to keep it high so the kids don't see them :) Sorry, I went off topic a bit.
So I grabbed one of my free books that was a little bigger than 4x6 and had a nice yellowing to it. If your page doesn't have the color you want, search on the internet and there are simple ways to yellow the pages.
I carefully cut out the pages with an exacto knife and a metal ruler. Since the book I used was a gardening one, I only used pages that had no drawings on them.
"Free vintage images, printable, downloadable" . The funniest part of finding this is, that after I started going through the images, many of those being sold on Etsy are from this site. So you might be able to create the exact one you like for FREE.
There are so many on this site I can guarantee you will find something you love. Here is my favorite octopus (which they have loads of) and one of my favorite flowers.
Open Word and insert the image. I used a full page to design it because my printer is horrible and I find this works the best. But be prepared to have a few test prints before you print the final ones.
Here is where it gets fun. I didn't want my images to be really bold, I wanted them to be a little blurry and not crisp. So I used an artistic affect called 'glow diffused'. It just softened the image around the edges.
It really is that easy!
The possibilities are endless! Wouldn't it be great to customize these?
- My mom is a nurse, so I could cut a page out of my horrible nursing book and print the nursing symbol on it.
- If you have a gardener, cut a page out of an old gardening book and print some images of flowers, trees, etc.
- A dictionary page for a teacher with their name, initials, or the Chinese symbol for teacher.
- As a wedding or shower gift with a large heart and then the bride and grooms initials and wedding date.
What do you think? Can you use this for something?
I guess I can post this on both my frugal gift idea page and my $0 Budget page :)