How-To: Personalize a Wedding Shadow Box

I’m was excited to work on this new project for a family member’s wedding. Unfortunately, we were unable to make it because we are getting very close to the arrival of our newest family member! That just meant I wanted to make a gift that was extra special with a personalized touch.

I love giving personalized gifts for showers because it is next to impossible for another guest to have the same gift. I remember the first bridal shower I went to:  I was just out of college and I didn’t know much about going to a bridal shower. I purchased a gift off the registry and I didn’t know I had to have the clerk scan the bar code to mark it as purchased. So when I went to the shower my friend opened a present from another guest that happened to be the same present I had purchased. I was so embarrassed that it happened, I ended up not putting my present up by the rest of the gifts so my friend didn’t have to open the same gift. I put it off to the side and told my friend after she opened everything. Now that I’ve become more experienced with going to bridal showers, I love making a personalized gift for the couple. It also is fun to see everyones reaction when they open a special gift that they didn’t see on a registry.

I bought an 11 in x 14 in shadow box from the craft store. They have many options for size, and they carry them in black and white. I chose the white shadow box this time because I didn’t know the colors of their house. This was the best option because white goes with just about anything.

I wanted to make the decals for the project in white as well. It allows for a classic look and will likely be complimented with darker items once it is filled. This will make the name and date easier to read.

 

I started out by laying the two decals on top of the shadow box to see where I wanted to put them. I thought one on top and one on the bottom would be best. That way when they filled the shadow box they could focus more on what they put inside.

I peeled the backing off, leaving the name decal on the transfer tape (white paper with red lines). Then I put it down on the glass part of the shadow box and smoothed out the decal with a hard piece of plastic (like a credit card). I peeled off the transfer tape, leaving the decal on the glass.

Tip:  If the decal still sticks to the transfer tape, place the decal back down and rub the area to secure it to the glass.

I did the same for the date decal. Ta-da! The shadow box is ready to be wrapped and gifted to your family or friend!

I loved the way it turned out; it is a simple, cute and personalized gift for the couple to fill with pictures and other mementos from their special day!

If you would like to create a gift similar to this, take a look at our custom vinyl decals or contact me to help find the best options for you!

Now that we are waiting the arrival of our new baby, I am going to be taking a short break from my etsy shop starting October 15, 2017. I will be monitoring my messages and email while I’m on maternity leave so please feel free to contact me!

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How-To: Apply a Vinyl Decal to a Chalkboard Easel

How-To Apply a Vinyl Decal to a Chalkboard Easel
How-To Apply a Vinyl Decal to a Chalkboard Easel

I’m excited to share with you the first project on my new website!

I found a small chalkboard easel in the Bullseye’s Playground section at Target for a few dollars. I thought it would be perfect for me to write my To Do List and Order List for my business. I live off of to do lists! I would be lost without them.

Instead of writting ‘To Do’ at the top of the chalkboard, I thought it would be more fun to make a vinyl decal to put on each side. One that says ‘TO DO LIST’ and the other that says ‘ORDERS LIST’.

To put the decal on the chalkboard I used a ruler to help keep everything straight.

Ruler, Decals and Chalkboard

First, I laid the vinyl decal on top of the chalkboard to measure where I wanted to put it, making sure it was centered.

Decal sitting on Chalkboard with ruler underneath to make sure it is even.

I peeled the decal off with the transfer tape (the sticky layer with red lines). I lightly put the decal and transfer tape at the top of the chalkboard easel.

Peeled decal is lightly on top of the chalkboard to make sure it is straight

After I made sure the decal was in the correct spot, I used a flat piece of plastic (a credit card works great) to secure the decal on the chalkboard.

A hard flat piece of plastic is shown to push the decal on top of the chalkboard to secure it into place

Once I had the transfer tape and vinyl decal secure, I peeled off the transfer tape revealing the decal on the chalkboard easel.

Peeling the transfer tape off of the chalkboard revealing the vinyl decal sticking to the chalkboard.

I did the same to the other side of the chalkboard for a ‘To Do List’ side. I am excited how it turned out and I’ve been using it a ton for my business.

If you would like to order small vinyl decal like this, take a look at our custom vinyl decal. The price will depend on the size, but something small like this would be pretty inexpensive. And we can create any kind of decal you’d like! It adds great value to something so simple!

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