This year, I wanted to create some monogram wall art for my twin nieces comprised of pieces that could stand alone beautifully, but clearly belonged together, like my nieces. Similar to my twin sister and me, my nieces share a room. You read correctly; my twin sister gave birth to a set of twin girls.
My experience as a twin has made me very conscientious regarding gift giving, ensuring that each child feels like a special individual.
I Love Being a Twin
I loved growing up with my twin sister. We shared everything: clothes, friends, a room, everything. Until moving into the dorms for college, we enjoyed sharing a room. We readily shared our things (well usually). Though we yearned for a larger room, we only wanted more space to share.
My twin was my best friend, the one who tried everything first and the one who made me feel like I could achieve anything because she was right by my side cheering me on. I always knew my best friend was right there on the top bunk.
After college, we moved out of our shared room. The process was difficult. As twins we received many gifts for us to share. Moving out meant dividing our things. Who gets the stereo? Which of us gets our shared clothing items? Who gets our Michael Jackson records? Do we split the collection or keep the albums together?
My twin actually moved into a room in my house for a couple of years, but still, we found ourselves laboring over the division of our shared possessions.
How I Created the Monogram Wall Art
For this gift I designed a pair of silhouettes to be cut from vinyl and adhered to painted canvas. I chose to incorporate a tree to symbolize that the girls belong to the same family tree. The girl silhouettes are not identical. Each figure is unique, as are my nieces.
For the monograms, I used Mod Podge to adhere paper to chipboard. This added dimension and pattern. I finished the design with mini tags featuring their names.
I am pleased with the result and feel confident my nieces will take their half of the monogram wall art when they eventually separate, never to forget that, like themselves, while each piece stands beautifully its own, they complement each other with a unique and specific bond.
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