How to Make a Wedding Shadow Box

Bride holding large bouquet
  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Shadow box
Special memento - a wedding invitation, dried flowers, party favors or some photos
Decorative material
Double sided tape or pins
Decorations - paper flowers, glitter, sequins
Hardware and tools for hanging

Your wedding should be the happiest day of your life and it's something you will want to remember forever, a shadow box means that you can display special mementos from your wedding day.

Making a wedding shadow box is one of the most romantic gifts you could give your partner or friends who recently wed. Get in your partner's good books by making a shadow box easily. If you have the right tools then this really shouldn't be a very difficult project for anyone.

Step 1 - Select the Shadow Box

Firstly you will need to think about what you want to put in your wedding keepsake shadow box. There are many special things from your wedding day which can be included in your shadow box. These could include a selection of photos, some dried flowers from the wedding bouquet, the party favors or perhaps the wedding invitation.

Now you know what is going to go inside the shadow box, you should choose a shadow box which is big enough. There are lots of stores that stock shadow boxes including home hardware stores and craft stores.

Step 2 - Decorate

shadow box

Take the back off the shadow box and then decide which covering you want to use to make it look more attractive. There are many different coverings which you can use including crumpled paper, material, or patterned paper. You can fix this onto the backing of the frame using spray adhesive or double sided tape.

Step 3 - Arrange

You should then think about how you want to arrange the various items in your shadow box. Just play around here until you get the right look. This is actually very easy and you can have some fun doing this. Experiment until you get a shadow box you are happy with. Then use double sided tape or pins to fix the items inside the shadow box. Of course if you're not happy with anything then you can move it.

Step 4 - Fill

Once you have finished arranging the items you should then work on the decoration. Use paper flowers, stickers, sequins and glitter to make the shadow box look much more attractive. There is no right or wrong answer here, you can decorate the items however you want and use whatever you like.

Step 5 - Assemble

bride getting ready for the ceremony

When you have gotten everything to look the way you like you can then reassemble the shadow box. Put the backing back into the shadow box and then fix it inside the frame.

Step 6 - Hang the Shadow Box

All that's left to do is hang the shadow box on the wall or place it on the desk. Not all shadow boxes come with hanging hardware and so you may need to purchase hanging hardware from your home hardware store. Hanging a shadow box is simply a matter of knocking in a nail and hanging the shadow frame on it.