Peanut Butter Pinterest Challenge Time!

I know you remember that. For some reason I can’t stop saying “It’s peanut butter pinterest time” in my head. It’s weird, I know. My next Pinterest Challenge project should include peanut butter so it at least makes sense. I love how you can type “pean” into Youtube and “peanut butter jelly time” is the first suggestion.

ANYWAY. It’s Pinterest Challenge time!

Remember this post when I made my Christmas card wreath?

That post explains the Pinterest Challenge but basically it’s a challenge thought up by Katie Bower of BowerPowerBlog and was started by her and YoungHouseLove to behoove people to get out of their computer chairs and start making things they’ve pinned! I’m definitely guilty of pinning away and not making any of those pins a reality so it’s a great kick in the rear. This Pinterest Challenge is being hosted by BowerPowerBlog, YoungHouseLove, The Remodeled Life, and Decor and the Dog.

So now that all of those details are out there – time to reveal my project! Tim and I were in Asheville this weekend drinking a lot of beer and eating a lot of delicious food so I needed to choose a project that I could do in an evening after work. I have a few larger projects that I really want to do but they’ll have to wait for later. Or maybe I’ll cheat and do *most* of a project and then finish it for the next Pinterest Challenge. JK I definitely wouldn’t do that…


Here’s my pinsperation – coincidentally it’s from YHL! If you type “wedding shadow box” into Pinterest you can get a lot of really great examples. I’ve known I wanted to do this for a while so I’ve been sequestering wedding related items as I come across them with this project in mind. Now, only 1 year and 9 months after getting married, I finally did it!

First I stopped by Michael’s to get a shadowbox. They had a few good options and I debated for a while which to get. I wanted white and they had a 11″x14″ that I thought was a good size, however, I wanted one with a hinged front door rather than one that you have to remove the backing. It was much easier to stage the items at the bottom of a box rather than on a flat surface that then would need to be gently reattached. This shadow box was one of the more expensive options (originally $50) but all table top frames and shadow boxes were 40% off AND I had a 25% off coupon that worked on sale items. So I paid $22.50. Cha-ching! It is a bit more decorative and has a nice cushiony cloth backing so pins stick easily into it.

Here are a bunch of the items I gathered to add in:


I started with the pom pom because it took up so much room. For a few minutes I really wished I had gotten a larger shadow box because a good 30% of it is overtaken by the thing. It’s like kudzu! For now it’s okay but I think I could trim it if I want to put something else in there and, unlike kudzu, it wouldn’t grow back. After that I started placing the paper items in there until I liked their orientation and, more importantly, all of the good stuff was showing. I really like shadowboxes with objects rather than only paper because it gives it some dimension so I added in some extras.

I ended up leaving out the invitation due to lack of space and also because I feel like the invitation should be more focal and not overlapped or overshadowed by other items. Plus, I have a frame that has the invitation on one side and a picture on the other. It will be displayed in the house just as soon as I put a picture in the frame. Okay so I’m awful about procrastinating.

Here’s the final product! (Sorry for the not so great pictures. It’s difficult to photograph a glass box!)

If you’re interested in a run down of what the heck you’re looking at, here you go!

  1. Pom pom! Because we met during college, got married there, and incorporated our school colors into the wedding, we felt that it was only fitting to keep up the theme. I had these pom poms made for our exit from the chapel. Rather than people throwing birdseed or blowing bubbles, everyone grabbed a pom pom and shook it as we left. It was awesome!       Here they are in action. The toilet paper is another school tradition – whenever we win a game everyone meets out on the quad and toilet papers the trees. One of our groomsmen had the awesome idea to toilet paper us!
  2. Bottle of M&Ms from our rehearsal dinner that are black and yellow (gold) and have lyrics to the university fight song on it except with our names added in.
  3. Escort card
  4. It’s kind of hard to see from the picture but it’s a door hanger from our welcome bags that everyone staying at the hotel received. The hanger says “Please do not disturb, we are recovering from Timothy & Brady’s wedding”.
  5. Response card
  6. Save the Date (engagement pictures that we took…where else… but on campus)
  7. Program for our wedding. I originally had all of these plans to make layered programs and do something fancy but when it got closer to the day and I started working on them I just decided to let it go. We printed these out on nicer paper and it took SO much less time and stress. Sometimes you just gotta know when you can’t handle something! The quote on the bottom is from Winnie the Pooh and says “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
  8. Photostrip picture!
  9. So I actually didn’t wear this necklace on the day of but I made it for the wedding and think it’s beautiful so I was happy to stick it in there. My mother in law let me borrow her pearl necklace that my sister in law also wore.
  10. Little wood people that I painted for the cardbox.
  11. Buttons from my mom’s dress that my cousin sewed onto my bouquet while we were getting ready that day. My mom’s dress (which my grandmother also wore and my great-grandmother MADE) had a billion of these buttons all down the back and I loved that my bouquet kind of mimicked that =)

Whew. Long post! I can’t wait to sit back with a glass of wine tonight and look through the many other Pinterest Challenge projects linked to the host blogs! Has anyone else used a shadowbox for a project like this? I think I want a hall of shadow boxes someday. For those of you married, do you have any special wedding related displays in your house? Please tell me I’m not the only one who is so bad at getting pictures up and framed…


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