I love a sentimental Mother’s Day gift as much as the next daughter, but sometimes it seems like we have to sacrifice design in the name of sentimentality. I mean, hand-print art is super sweet but does your mom really want it displayed somewhere front and center in her beautifully curated home? (Hint: She might have made you feel like she does because she is a good mom, but she doesn’t.) That’s why today I’m excited to show you a super easy Mother’s Day gift with style that your mom is actually going to be thrilled to display: gold foil recipe keepsake art! This gift takes your precious, hand-written recipes (or any hand-written document you treasure) and turns them into gorgeous art. Here is how you do it:
- Scotch™ Thermal Laminator: TL902A
- Recipe or Document Printed with a Laser Printer
- Gold Foil Sheets
- Darice Modern 4-pc Picture Frame Set: White, 8 x 10 in
Step 1. You can collect your handwriting for this recipe keepsake a couple of different ways. First, you can just ask your loved one whose handwriting you’d like to preserve to write the recipe/phrase for you and then have them scan it to you (I had my mom write her mom’s favorite pie recipe and I’m going to give it to my sisters for Mother’s Day). Or you can take an existing document and scan it into your computer to create a digital file. Then, you’ll want to load the document into Photoshop or your favorite editing software and make it as bold as possible. If the handwriting is too fine the foil will not stick to it.
Step 2. Print your document! In order for the foil to adhere to the ink it must be printed with a laser printer. If you don’t have one you can send it to a print center to print.
Step 5. Send your paper-foil-paper sandwich through the laminator. The laminator will heat the ink and the foil will stick to it! When it comes out I will generally lift a small piece to see if it adhered fully, and if not, I will run it through one more time.
That’s it! Now you can cut your page to size, frame it, and make the day of the moms in your life! I love this set of minimal frames and they are SO affordable!
Isn’t this method awesome? I can’t believe how easy it is! Plus, you can make so much more than this recipe keepsake using this method. Think of the beautiful cards, invitations and decor you can make by adding a little gold foil? I’m obsessed!
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The Pretty Life Girls is a blog about babies and sugar and paint and twirly dresses, written by two sisters who love all things pretty.
Liz is a momma of two who lives in NYC. She has a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication and has embraced the fact that she is a diet coke addict and a bookworm.
Sam lives in Utah and is a momma of two with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and has a weakness for thrift stores, succulents, and colorful tights.