Make a Wedding Guest Book from a Wood Shadow Box

Posted by Morena Hockley
Use wood shapes to create a shadow box wedding guest book that will make a lovely keepsake for years to come.

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This project is a fun twist on the traditional guest book at a wedding or shower. Instead of an album that will be stashed away in a drawer, create a pretty piece of decor that can be displayed. This lovely keepsake will be a great way to remember a special day. I made this one for my son's soccer coach who married recently. We threw a little party for him at practice, and I had all the kids on the team sign the mini wood hearts. I then filled the shadow box with the signed hearts. The smaller hearts fill the shadow box up to the bottom of the larger heart, and it creates a beautiful gift and keepsake.


  • Wood Shadow Box
  • Tim Holtz Burlap Panel
  • Unfinished Wood Heart
  • Pack of small wood hearts
  • White Paint
  • Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
  • Alphabet Stamps

Remove the glass and the backing from the frame. Paint the shadow box and the large heart white.

Use the distress ink pad with a foam applicator to distress the wood items. Tap the foam square onto the ink pad, then brush the pad gently on the edges of the frame. Repeat this process with the wood hearts, simply inking the edges and leaving the surface unfinished.

Stamp the recipient's names onto the large white heart.

Use a hot glue gun to attach the burlap panel inside the shadow box. Glue the large white heart onto the burlap, and reassemble the shadow box by adding just the glass without the backing.

Scatter the smaller wood hearts on the table in front of the shadow box, and add a fine point marker to the display. Guests will sign their names on the hearts and fill up the shadow box with loving memories. You could adapt this idea for different types of occasions by changing the wood shapes. Use balloon shapes for birthday parties, and teddy bear shapes for baby showers! You can find a wood shape to make the perfect guest book keepsake for any event you host. Have fun crafting and creating!