Next summer hubby and I will be celebrating our eighth wedding anniversary.  Hard to believe, it’s gone pretty fast!  So fast, that there are certain projects that I have been meaning to do that I feel I can no longer put off.  One example?  Doing something cool with one of our wedding invitations.  This has been on my list for years, and over the weekend I finally checked it off.

I started with a shadow box that I found at our local Goodwill store for just under five bucks.

shadow box before

Once I saw that it could be opened by unscrewing several screws holding the frame together, my brain started cooking up some ideas of how to turn it into a new home for one of our wedding invitations.

shadow box open

I had a rough idea in my head of what I wanted to include in the shadow box.  Basically, one of our invitations, a golf tee from the golf resort where we got married, a cool round diamond shape paper weight I found at ROSS (the diamond in my engagement ring is also round), the necklace I wore at our wedding (it was inexpensive and I haven’t worn it since but thought it would be a cool addition), and maybe some of the flowers from the original shadow box if I could make it work (pink was one of our colors after all)…

shadow box supplies

I grabbed some scissors, scrapbook paper samples I had, and some Elmer’s Glue Craft Bond Glue Spots (love those!)  I wasn’t sure about the layout yet,  but figured I could come  up with something 🙂

The first step was to clean the sucker!  After sitting on the thrift store shelves it was definitely dusty.

corner dirty

But, nothing a little Windex, paper towel, and a toothbrush couldn’t handle!

shadow box cleaning supplies

After the cleaning process was complete, I played with the layout.  After deciding how to place the scrapbook paper samples, I cut them to fit and attached to the inside of the frame with the glue spots.  Same with the invitation which I centered on the scrapbook paper.  After that it was all about placing the other objects in different spots until I found a look that I liked, then I also attached them with the glue spots.

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close up diamondclose up teeclose up flowers

close up necklace

Here is the finished result…

shadow box after

Cost of the project:

  • frame:  just under $5
  • diamond paper weight: $3.99
  • golf tee:  free, stolen from my husband’s golf bag 🙂
  • flowers:  included with frame
  • necklace:  on-hand
  • scissors, glue spots, paper samples, cleaning supplies:  on-hand

For less than $10, I have a pretty cool keepsake!

What do you think?  What are some other cool ideas to get crafty with your wedding memorabilia?  Have a great day!

7 Replies to “Wedding invitation shadow box”

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    So, life happens. My wonderful blog co-author, motherofchaos3, is on a trip abroad for a wedding (while in the midst of a PCS move, I might add), and I am in the throes of the first week of summer vacation with my two kiddos. We don’t want to take the week off, per se, but want to revisit some of our more popular posts from the past. So, today’s Tip{py} Tuesday is a repost…and one close to my heart <3 Have a great day!

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