So here you are! You just finished your first, second, third 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, triathlon and now you can’t wait to save those memories…well, that’s what I was excited to do anyway. I just ran my first half marathon, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, and I was super excited to look up the photos on the photography webpage and see how to go about ordering a shadowbox for my medal.
I look online and saw the prices. EEEK! $200+ for a personalized shadowbox?! AND you have to purchase the professional photo for them to use (unless you upload your own)??!! For some reason I just couldn’t see myself paying over $200 for a shadowbox to hold my medal, my photo, and my bib when it wasn’t even aesthetically pleasing to begin with. Then I thought to myself "I could so make that!"
Yup. So i did. I made it how I wanted it to look and I was able to get all my supplies at my local Michael’s crafts store. Enough rambling! Here’s what I did.
Here’s my shadowbox dedicated to the Princess Half Marathon. I used a different scrapbook paper to frame my photo so it could stand out.
First, you’ll wanna collect whatever you feel you would want to cherish or save. But let’s use my RunDisney race as an example.
What I saved:
♥ My Running Bib
♥ My Medal (duh)
♥ My Disney button
♥ My favorite photo from the event
& I printed myself my own little finisher medal via photoshop lol
What I used:
♥ Shadowbox - pick whatever size you think you’ll need. I used a 16x18 (i think).
♥ Scrapbook paper - If you don’t want a plain black background in your shadowbox then grab yourself some scrapbook paper. It’s cheap, creative, and will definitely make your shadowbox more eye catching! Just be sure to get enough to cover the whole background.
♥ Velcro - if you’re gonna use scrapbook paper, you might wanna use velcro to help stick the paper to the felt because the pins you would originally use for the shadowbox won’t be strong enough to hold up your stuff AND go thru the paper.
♥ Tape - just in case the tape fails, LOL. Just kidding. But really, in case you’re like me and want everything super stuck not moving i suggest grabbing some handy dandy tape (so you can move stuff around if you need to).
♥ Stickers - Michael’s has tons of cute stickers for almost every occasion. I grabbed some Disney themed stickers as well as some princess ones for my box.
What to do:
I wish this could be a step by step photo tutorial, but I didnt think to blog this until after the fact, so it just cant be. But I will try to give u the best how-to i can give :).
Set your background
Open you shadowbox and begin laying out your scrapbook paper over the background deciding how everything will look. Once you set your pattern/look/whichever with your paper, begin placing pieces of velcro in the corners of your scrapbook paper and pressing it down onto the felt background. Once you have done that, lift up the background to see if any paper hangs. You want all your paper somewhat flushed against the back, so this is where tape can come in handy.
Lay out your display
Now that your background is set (yay!), now you can lay out your goodies to see how you want them displayed. I played around a lot with mine trying to decide how i wanted mine displayed. Where should i stick my bib? Do i want my medal here? or there? Does this look even? Once you figure all that out, you’ll want to start placing pieces of velcro on the corners of your bib, your photo, your medal strap (NOT on the medal itself), and on whatever else you want to put in your shadowbox. Now stick your goodies down!
A little trick I did to display my medal without it hanging around hitting the glass is that, aside from placing velcro on the medal’s strap, I put a little bit of tape under the back of the medal so it can stay attached to the background. I also have half the strap hanging outside the back of the shadowbox. No one’s gonna notice or see it and it helps it stay put.
Now close up your shadowbox carefully and see how everything looks. Tweek whatever you see needs to be tweeked, taped, velcro’d, etc. and decorate with your stickers. And taadaa! That’s it! You got yourself a nifty, personalized shadowbox for under $50!
My shadowbox dedicated to the Color Run & my first ever 5k. I ran in my Color Run tshirt and sprayed it with hairspray when i got home to preserve the messy colors. I also saved my bib and the color packet they give you. I left the background black, used pins to pin everything in, and found these cool, colorful, swirly stickers to decorate with. I found all my supplies at Michael’s.
I hope you guys find this at least somewhat helpful. Thanks for reading and if you make your own shadowbox I’d love to see it! :D