September 14, 2017  

Our DIY Wedding – Preserving Memories With A DIY Wedding Shadow Box


Tomorrow is David and my five-year anniversary! As cliche as it sounds, time really does fly. I didn’t have a blog to share all of my DIY wedding projects back then, but boy did I do a lot of them!

After a beautiful day celebrating our marriage, I wanted to preserve our wedding mementos in a meaningful way. It seems like a shame to box up all of our pretty wedding things and put them in a closet or something, so I came up with the idea to display them in shadow boxes.

These shadow boxes hang in our bedroom as a constant reminder of our special day and all of the love and fun we had. If your wedding things are tucked away somewhere, how about digging them out and framing them?

This post is part of the Our DIY Wedding series, where I’m taking a trip down memory lane to share some of the DIY projects I made for my wedding. I didn’t have a blog when I got married back in 2012, so it’s fun to relive the memories and share with you now! Scroll to the end for links to other posts in this series.

Want a way to save mementos from your wedding day? Take a look at this DIY wedding shadow box pair. This is a simple idea and looks great on the wall!

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. For more information, see my disclosure here.

DIY Wedding Shadow Box

As I was cleaning up things after our wedding, I found myself left with all of these mementos:

Want a way to save mementos from your wedding day? Take a look at this DIY wedding shadow box pair. This is a simple idea and looks great on the wall!

They are special things that I wanted to keep to remember the day by. The extra fabric from my dress along with my jewelry and garter. The DIY boutonniere I made for David. The love notes we exchanged during our first look photos.

The invitation and ceremony program, along with the bubbles our guests blew as we exited the church grinning from ear to ear. The paper bags from our candy buffet, which was a huge hit with our guests (I shared more on that here). The bride and groom trivia cards that entertained guests as they waited for the meal to begin (more on those here). And the booklet I gave our family and wedding party, which contained the schedule for the weekend and everyone’s contact information.

This navy bedroom is gorgeous! Check out what she did in just five weeks for the One Room Challenge. Lots of bedroom DIY projects and pretty details.

These mementos were once tucked away in a plastic bag inside my cedar chest. But now I display them as art in our bedroom!

You can easily display mementos from your wedding day, too! I used two square shadow box frames, which are deep enough to hold the three-dimensional things that a regular picture frame can’t. Here are some frames similar to the ones I used. 

Want a way to save mementos from your wedding day? Take a look at this DIY wedding shadow box pair. This is a simple idea and looks great on the wall!

It took me a bit of finagling to get everything arranged inside the shadow boxes. Basically, I divided my items in half since I had two frames to fill. I recommend removing the back of your frame and laying it on the table to use as an outline as you play around with the arrangement of everything.

Once you have an arrangement you like, you’ll have to recreate it inside the glass frame. This requires a bit of critical thinking since you need to layer things from front to back as you look at things from the backside. That’s why I find it helpful to create your arrangement first. I used a few small pieces of sticky tack to attach some of the items to each other so one didn’t slip behind the other when the frame was hung up.

After everything is in the shadow box, reattach the backing and flip it over to see the finished product! If things slide around or aren’t positioned quite right, simply remove the backing of the frame to make adjustments.

Want a way to save mementos from your wedding day? Take a look at this DIY wedding shadow box pair. This is a simple idea and looks great on the wall!

And there you have it! This is a simple project that will keep your favorite wedding memories on display for years to come! Don’t forget you could also incorporate actual photographs into your shadow box. Or use your shadow box as part of a larger gallery wall of wedding memories!

More From The Our DIY Wedding Series

Thanks for allowing me to share a little wedding project with you today! It’s hard to believe ours was five years ago! Since I didn’t have a blog back then, I’m really enjoying documenting some of our DIY wedding projects now.

How do you store or display the mementos from your wedding day?

Take a look at these other posts in my DIY Wedding Series.

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Have a lovely day!

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