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May 31, 2010 / Lemons and Roses

DIY Wedding Invitation Keepsake – Victorian Shadowbox – Or A Ken Kesey Shadow Box!

Ken Kesey Shadow Box by the Late Kevin Dougherty - http://blogs.eugeneweekly.com/node/1272

Good Morning!

I like to do handcrafts. If I can do it better than something I can buy, I much prefer doing it myself. I have found this idea for a Victorian Wedding Invitation Shadowbox at  Living Victorian Web Magazine    http://www.livingvictorian.com/pm/creation_shadowbox.html

Dried sweetheart roses and lace might not appeal to you, so change it around and make it to suit your own tastes. The wooden frame is a bit plain for me. I would  decoupage or put some kind of interesting finish on my shadowbox frame. If you aren’t getting married, but perhaps some one you love is getting married – use the invitation you received to make a l0vely gift for the couple. Soon I will be getting a Masters in Management diploma. Perhaps I will frame it in a shadowbox that has clear acrylic tears suspended inside, al0ng with lots of monopoly money – not sure if it will represent the money I spent on furthering my education, or the increase in wages I will receive after my education. Realistically, the funny money will represent the former.

Basic DIY Shadow Box Instructions – Mix It Up – Make it Personal With Your Own Ideas!

Shadow box Victorian Creations

The Shadow Box

Since it is our 3rd anniversary, we wanted to get nostalgic and reissue one of the most popular creations from the archive.

For our wedding issue, we want to create a unique shadow box to display your wedding invitation. Since you spent a lot of time picking out the right wedding invitation, why put it in a drawer and hide it away, display it beautifully in a shadow box.

This is a simple project , and you will have your shadow box made in very little time.

MaterialsPaint the box

Doily on the board

Drying doily


Let us get started.

    Materials Needed: 1) Shadow Box (Size depends on your invitation and your preference)

    2) Sponge Brush

    3) Gold Paint

    4) Craft Glue

    5) Silk Flowers (We suggest using pastel colored flowers)

    6) Dried Baby Breaths

    7) Ribbon (Match the color of the ribbon to the flowers you selected)

    8) Paper Doily (Size depends on the size of the box you choose)

    9) Your Wedding Invitation

The above are available at most local craft stores. Let’s Create our Shadow Box:


1) Paint the wood frame of your box in gold, and make sure to cover the whole frame. Let the paint dry overnight.

2) Cover the back board of your box with the paper doily, when you have the doily in place, glue it down.

3) Center your invitation on top of the doily , and glue.

4) Glue your silk flowers and baby breath to the opposite corners of the invitations.

5) Glue your ribbon around the invitation in the shape of an abstract heart.

6) Finish off the box by putting the box together with the glass on top.

This shadow box will be a treasured decoration, every time you pass by your box, you will remember the happiest day of your life.

Happy Creating!

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