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Shanna Murray + Oh Happy Day Birthday Poster DIY

Good morning! I was perusing drooling over Jordan’s freshly redesigned, totally gorgeous new site for Oh Happy Day when I came across this amazing collaborative DIY project that got my wheels turning, and I need your advice. First, take a look at the project:

Jordan worked with much-beloved artist Shanna Murray to create artwork for the poster, which reads, “I’m so glad you were born”. The genius part is, the poster is created by putting together 25 postcards, each one sent in by a friend or relative with a personal message beginning, “I am so glad you were born because…”

Jordan made a super easy to use PDF file you can download in her post (along with detailed instructions), so the whole thing can be emailed to the participants and they simply print, fill out, and send back.

So so sweet, right? I would L O V E to do this for Bixby’s first birthday, coming up at the end of June, I think it would be such a lovely keepsake to have all of those personal messages for the birthday boy, and a Shanna Murray poster to boot!

Here’s my question: I would love to display the poster in Bixby’s room after the party in a way that would show both the Shanna Murray design and the personal messages on the back of each card…any ideas on how to accomplish this? So far I have ruled out contact paper (too thin), laminating (too impermanent and somewhat tacky-looking), and professional custom framing (too expensive). Maybe Plexiglass (though I’m not sure what I would do with it)? Or?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this project, and if you have any ideas/tips for display, I am all ears!

(all images: Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day)

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  • gaia• Illustration June 4, 2011, 9:01 am

    You could do plexi glass with big bull clips? Is there a place to hang it so people could see both sides? Hmm or some sort of stand for a table…
    gaia• Illustration´s last [type] ..The IOU Project

  • Nicola June 4, 2011, 11:52 am

    Oh, I love this! I linked here from Global Mama, which I found doing a Google Image search for Waldorf rooms. You have a lovely space here!
    I wonder if it would work to take two identical frames. Take the cardboard back out of frame 1 and replace it with the glass from frame 2. The disassemble the rest of frame 2 until all you have left is the actual border. Adhere this to the back of frame 1, so they now match when flipped around.
    Nicola

  • Kate June 6, 2011, 8:59 am

    I love this and th bulldog idea is good too. I thought maybe cheap frame (old or new) that you love from charity shop, obviously has to be bigger than the cards together but you could buy a mount to fit the frame and cards which would be cheaper and could also add a little colour x

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