I decided to get crafty this past week and do something with my Walt Disney World running bling. While I love what Fond Memories can do in terms of a professional shadow box, I decided to save a little dough this time around, and try my hand at creating my own shadow box.
Michaels was having a sale on shadow boxes this month, so I purchased two for the price of one. Since Kari and I both have the Dopey and Tinker Bell race medals this year, I thought it would be a bit redundant to create two of the same shadow boxes; therefore, I’m just making one of each race weekend. I downloaded our certificates from the Run Disney website, and I am using them within each box.
It took a while to get the ‘perfect fit’. I must of tried 20 different layouts. I’m one of those people who like equal sides, and figuring out a layout that wasn’t too heavy or busy on one side versus the other was making me crazy. I finally found a layout I could live with. It was a challenge with the Dopey medals as I underestimated the size of the shadow box vs the size of the medals. As well, I had to fit in the certificates. I first tried hanging the medals from the top of the box, however, soon realized, even staggering the medals in a hanging position within the box, would not work. I then removed all the ribbons and proceeded to lay out the medals in some kind of order. I felt that the Dopey and Goofy medals were the highlight of the six, so they are up against the black background. The others I placed on top of the ribbons. I would have liked to have fit them level across the box, however, the marathon and 5k medals are bigger than the others, so I had to stagger the middle two to be able to fit everything in. HA! Who ever complained about medals being too big? (shadow box makers, that’s who!) Tons of two sided, heavy duty sticking tape was used under the medals and the ribbon. Oh boy, let’s hope they stay! 🙂
One down, another to go at a later date. What do you think? Have you attempted your own running medal shadow box?