Weekend Project: Handkerchief Art



This is a fun and easy idea I spotted in House and Home's (June issue) this week to add to our Weekend Projects posts. Fun because it's sort of fun hunting down vintage handkerchiefs; I'd like to try to find a few from my grandparents or while I'm out thrifting over the weekend. And then just pick up some simple frames (they used album art frames 12"x12" from Urban Outfitters); and then hang a set of 9 in a grid (as one option). Photo credit: Sarah Hartill. DIY Editor: Michael Penney. If you're not having any luck hunting down pretty hankies like these, there's heaps on Etsy (just type in handkerchief under their vintage section); a few I found below. Also check out H&H Online TV (one of my favourite sources for heaps of inspiration on decorating ideas/projects).

Sweet Daisy Closet

Jan Halvarson

17 comments:

three critters said...

what a sweet project, it is something so simple and beautiful and I would have never thought of it...

oh and the wonders of etsy, I had no idea such gorgeous vintage handkerchiefs even existed

Lulu said...

ooh brilliant! this is a really wonderful idea.

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Kickcan and Conkers said...

Great idea! These hankies look gorgeous!

Fondly, Caitlin said...

Perfect timing! I just bought three wonderfully vintage hankies at an estate sale the other day and now you've giving me a perfect way to showcase them. ^-^
Thanks!

Kate said...

I love this! I have a pile of old hankies waiting to be turned into a quilt. I think this project is a bit more doable though.

hatjunkie said...

I am infatuated with vintage hankies. I have designed a whole hat line around them. It's true that they stand alone as works of art.

Soné said...

love those vintage colours! they are sooo beautiful!
love your blog!

x-x
polli

Mollybelle said...

I picked up a handful of amazing vintage hankys at an estate sale last year and I have had nothing wonderful to do with them-- until now!!! I'm totally going to copy this. LOVE IT.

Cara-TheBeadStorm said...

oooooo, cool. I will have to keep my eye out for some cool hankies. Thanks for posting!

cheeky curves said...

what a great idea

Mel said...

This is such a sweet idea - I'm inspired. I have a few vintage hankies leftover from my wedding too.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

What a sweet idea! Now I have to go looking for handkerchiefs :)

reya said...

what a beautiful way to showcase treasured handkerchiefs!

Louise (Table Tonic) said...

That is SO divine! Not my usual taste, but I am now obsessed. Would love to do it in a little girl's room. So pretty - thanks for sharing.
PS I just adooore your blog...

xLouise
(Table Tonic)

angki said...

very inspiring, thank you! :) never thought that hankies would be this useful :P anyway, i am featuring this idea & the pic on my blog, if you don't mind.. thank you :)

aerussell said...

This idea is so amazing! Thank you so very much for sharing it! I have a couple of hankies from my Oma and right now they are just folded up in a drawer, now I have an idea of how to display them!

Dulcie said...

Such a GENIUS idea! I am so keen to try this lovely technique :) xx

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