We celebrate so many special occasions with cards- birthdays, graduations, weddings. It’s nice to hold onto them as keepsakes, but they can take up a lot of space. And let’s be real, how often are you digging out that box and reading through the thoughtful messages?
After our wedding, I hung onto all the cards we had received. There were probably more than 100. Some of them were really beautiful, and a lot of them had clearly been carefully picked for us by our guests. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t going to enjoy them much inside that box, so I decided to craft them into something I would look at every day.
Depending on how many cards you want to preserve, you can shrink or enlarge this project to fit any size shadowbox frame. Like me, you can stick to a specific colour scheme, or if you’re more sentimental, you can handpick the cards that mean the most to you. You can even flip some of them over so the writing is visible instead of the design.
- shadow box frame
- coloured paper backing (optional)
- minimum 4 different cards
- large heart punch
- ruler and scoring tool
- glue gun and sticks
Step by step:
- Start by calculating how many hearts you want to fit into your shadowbox, allowing for a small space between each one.
- If you plan to use a coloured background instead of the backing that comes in your shadow box, measure and cut that paper to fit.
- Measure how far apart each heart will need to be placed. Divide the dimensions of your background with the number of hearts you want to place and map out your desired spacing. I calculating my spacing, arranged my hearts to get a feel for it, and put a little pencil mark on the background in the middle of where I planned to glue each heart.
- Using a craft punch (you can find a heart one here) punch out sections of card you want to showcase. My cards had some really unique elements so I tried to include them. You may have to cut out pieces of card with scissors first if an image you want is located close to a fold.
- Once you have all your hearts, score them down the centre using a ruler and a dull, pointed blade. You want a nice clean score. I used a letter opener. Fold them in half on the scored line.
- Using a hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on each heart, and stick it on top of one of your penciled in spacing marks. You may want to place all your hearts on the backdrop once more before gluing them to make sure you’re happy with the spacing.
- Pop your heart covered backdrop into your frame and voila! A lovely keepsake to remind you of all the great people in your life.