{Challenge Post} Amanda’s Shaker Box Save the Date

Our first DIY Bride Challenge contest starts today!  The first challenge we’re bringing you is the Shaker Box Save-the-Date.  To show how easy it is to participate,  I’ve shared my own version of the Shaker Box Save-the-Date below.  Be sure to join the DIY Bride Challenge by visiting this link: http://www.challengeloop.com/challenge/shaker-box.

What you’ll need:

  • Ivory card stock for the wording
  • Two complimenting card stocks for back and frame
  • Transparency film
  • Double-sided tape
  • Double-sided foam adhesive strips
  • Glitter or other additions
  • Paper cutter
  • Craft knife
Step 1: Create a Save-the-Date document and Microsoft Word, taking care to note the margins so that it will fit on the insert, and print it.
Step 2: Cut the card stocks and transparency film to the desired sized. My backing was 4.5 x 5 inches, and the frame, ivory card stock and transparency film were all 4 x 4 inches.
Step 3: Adhere the insert to the back piece using the double-sided tape.
Step 4: Next, make the frame.  Using a pencil, draw where the center of the frame will need to be cut (0.25 from each edge) and then use the craft knife and a straight edge to cut it out.
Step 5: On the back side of the frame, use the double sided tape to attach the transparency film, and press firmly.  Make sure there are no gaps or whatever you put inside may leak out.
Step 6: Pour the glitter and other additions onto the center of the wording.
Step 7: Securely attach the foam strips to the back of the frame (again making sure there are no gaps), line the frame up so that it is center with the wording and then securely attach the frame to the backing.  
Note: I found it easiest to do one side at a time to get it centered.
Congratulations, you have successfully created your custom Save-the-Date!

Would like to participate in the challenge?  We’d love to have you!  Simply create this project, put your own twist on it, upload it to the challenge page, and ask your friends to vote.  The person with the most votes on their challenge project will win!

Some of the great prizes up for grabbs:

  • $300 prize from Invite Site
  • Online calligraphy class and supplies from I Still Love Calligraphy and Pilot
  • Colin Cowie’s wedding planner and keepsake organizer
  • Free copies of Khris’ DIY Bride books


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