{DIY} Vintage Varsity Restaurant Trash Art

Also known as that one time I framed trash and hung it on my wall.

This past weekend, we visited an Atlanta restaurant icon- the Varsity. The Varsity is a diner-style restaurant that's famous for its chili dogs, paper hats and servers who yell out whaddyahave???

Over the weekend, I was sitting at the Varsity enjoying my dessert (whaaaat? isn't a meal of two chili hotdogs and a plate of onion rings typically followed by a deep fried dessert?) when I realized how adorable my apple pie dessert packaging was. It was whimsical, vintage and sort of a sentimental/ special thing since David and I both grew up eating at the Varsity. Wouldn't it be cute to reprint this vintage logo and hang it as art? I thought to myself.

Then I said, self... why don't you just hang this wrapper as art? Trash... as art. Always fun to try new DIY things, right? Right? Riiiiight?

Don't worry, my sweet hubs stood in line for me and sweet-talked the server into giving us not just one, but TWO empty, clean (ie. not covered in fried pie grease) wrappers. And all of a sudden, peach and apple pie just became a whole lot cooler.

Ta da! Trash as art. Don't mind the ridic glares on the photos.

I simply hung the wrappers in Ikea Ribba white frames with some scrap denim fabric as backing. I found this scrap denim fabric in my stash. About a year ago when I was finishing up HDawg's nursery (crazy that was a year ago!), I had cut up this fabric to use as backing for the multi-colored fabric pennant in his room. Then I decided I was just way too pregnant to finish that sewing project, so the cut denim squares have been sitting in my fabric pile since then.

 Anyways, I originally wished that I had full pieces of the denim to use as backing for the wrappers instead of the cut pieces... but I kind of like the rough, piecey look of the scraps. It adds to the vintage aspect, in my opinion.

I hung the prints in our dining room above HDawg's high chair. The pie wrappers clearly go by the kid who is cute as pie, duh. The new frames brighten up his little corner!

Here's a full room shot, ie. the current state of our dining room.

Yeah, it pretty much looks the same since the last time you saw it! We haven't even hung the big ol' chalkboard menu our friends passed down to us from their restaurant. We need to get on it!

Mom moment: forget flowers or fruit or anything pretty, my centerpiece = baby toys. #keepingitreal

I'm totally down with our new trashy art. You can't beat vintage + sentimental + free. I know you expect all kinds of ridiculous DIY projects from me, but I bet you never guessed I would hang trash on the wall, right?! I'm a baller like that.


  1. I love it! There is a diner where I grew up called The Varsity Inn and we used to go there before or after HS football games. Now I want to get "trash", I mean, souvenirs from where I grew up to make a collage - carmel corn, pizza, fudge, taffy, amusement ride tickets, beach tags... possibilities are endless :p

    Love that chalkboard too, so cute!

  2. My grandma LOVES the Varsity and complains we dont go everytime we pass the one at Town Center Mall. It's such a cute idea. I may have to do something like this for her

  3. Love it (and love The Varsity)! So cute, and such a good idea!

  4. My husband and father in law love the Varsity. Actually, we'll be in Atlanta this weekend and probably make a stop! I love how the frames turned out, and adore your dinning room rug.



  5. too cute and such a great idea! Hdawg is getting so big now~!

  6. What a great idea - and so nice of them to give you two clean sleeves!

  7. Love it! Okay, now you have me craving a frosted orange!! LOL

  8. That is so cute! I never would think to frame something like that, but it works and they look great! Especially because it's so personal to you and David, and now your little man too :)

  9. I love it, Michelle! Very Georgia. :) I got to go to Varsity once in Atlanta when I was visiting in college, and it was tasty!

  10. It's so cute! That chalkboard menu needs to get up on the wall ASAP...it's AWESOME!

  11. Genius! Love the Varsity ... call it "memorabilia", not trash. :)
    xo heidi

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