How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet in a Shadow Box Frame: The Ultimate Guide

How to Preserve Your Wedding Bouquet in a Shadow Box Frame: The Ultimate Guide

Ashley de Ste Croix Ashley de Ste Croix
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It's no secret that preserving your wedding bouquet is a popular trend among brides. After all, who wouldn't want to keep those beautiful wedding blooms forever? Shadow Box Frames make the perfect frame for displaying your wedding bouquet and allow you to show it off in all its glory. In this guide, we will be giving you our expert advice on flower preservation, walk you through the traditional drying process of wedding bouquets, teach you how to create a beautiful shadow box frame for your flowers, and give you some wedding bouquet shadow box inspiration. Let's get on with the first step!

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Shadow Box Frame

Does A Shadow Box Preserve Your Wedding Flowers?

A shadow box is a three-dimensional frame that is generally used to display keepsakes such as a bouquet. A wedding bouquet is a beautiful memento from a special day, but it will eventually wilt and die. To preserve the flowers, they must go through a drying process before being added to the shadow box. The most common method is air drying, which can take several weeks. However, this method can sometimes cause the flowers to lose their color and shape. Another option is to use silica gel, which absorbs moisture and can speed up the process. Once the flowers are dry, they can be attached to the shadow box with special glue or Tape. Preserving a wedding bouquet in a shadow box will last much longer and provide a lasting reminder of the special day.

How Do You Preserve A Bouquet For A Shadow Box?

Dried Flowers

There are many ways to preserve your flowers, some can be more complicated than others. Before we get onto the disassembling of your bouquet, be sure to measure bridal bouquets so you know the size frame you'll need! We'll be taking you through the easiest and most affordable way to preserve your flowers in the comfort of your own home.

The traditional way to dry flowers is by finding a dark, dry area with good circulation such as an unused closet. With unflavoured dental floss, secure the bottom of the flowers' stems to secure the flowers, then hang the flowers upside down in a cool dry place to air dry. We advise that you do not dry your entire bouquet, instead split the flowers up to ensure good airflow, and find a spot out of direct sunlight to help retain the colour of the fresh flowers. Ensuring your flowers are in a cool, well-ventilated area will speed the process along. Leave your flowers hanging for a few weeks (time can vary based on the flowers or foliage) until they are completely dried out and the petals have a paper-like feel to them. This method works best for bouquets with thick stems such as roses.

How to Dry Flowers

To save thinner-stemmed flowers, you can use silica gel. These are fine crystals and are normally found in small packets within new handbags to keep them fresh. If you choose to preserve flowers using this method ensure they are placed into the silica as soon as possible after your wedding day. You can buy your own flower preservation tub full of silica gel from Magenta Flowers, which comes with enough silica gel to dry a bridal bouquet and your own airtight container to keep the flowers in. Simply remove stems and greenery, place your fresh flowers into the tub completely covered in the crystals and let the silica gel do its job ensuring you fill the container! In about a week, you'll have beautiful, dried flowers that will last a lifetime, this is the best drying method if you're looking to preserve the original colour and shape of your wedding flowers. You can purchase your own Flower Drying Kit from us, which includes enough silica gel to preserve your flowers!

Wedding Bouquet Frame

Pressed flowers are a beautiful and unique way to preserve memories of your favorite blooms. This drying method involves placing flowers between layers of absorbent paper and then weighing them down with a heavy book. Pressed flowers can be used to decorate cards, scrapbooks, and frames. They also make lovely gifts. To press flowers, start by choosing your wedding flowers that are flat and not too thick. Place the flower heads on a layer of absorbent paper (this can be found at a local craft store) and spread them out so that no petals are curling or touching. Add another layer of paper and then a heavy book. If you feel as though the weight isn't enough, add more books to ensure the flowers are being pressed. Once the wedding flowers are dry, they can be used to create one-of-a-kind art as a reminder of your big day.

Pressed Flowers

Now that we've gone over how to dry your wedding bouquet, it's time to move on to creating the perfect wedding bouquet shadow box! If you'd like to read more on preserving your blooms head to our How To Preserve Flowers article.

What Sizes Do Shadow Box Frames Come In?

Shadow Box Frames come in all shapes and sizes, which can make choosing the right one for your wedding bouquet a daunting task. But don't worry, we're here to help!

When it comes to finding the perfect shadow box, there are three main things you need to take into account: size, depth, and style.

Style: When picking your frame, the first thing is to think of the design you're going to be laying out your bouquet when the wedding flowers have dried. We'll show you the different styles of layouts for a shadow box further down!

Size: You'll then need to measure your wedding bouquet and get a rough idea of the width and length, you will need a deep shadow box in order to fit the flower. You'll want to make sure that your shadow box frame is big enough to fit your entire bouquet inside with some extra room on the sides. If you haven't done this before you started to preserve your wedding flowers, it's okay, you can still measure the blooms once they're dry.

Depth: The next thing you need to consider is the depth of the shadow box frame. This is important because you want to make sure that your flowers have enough room without looking squished. A deep shadow box is always the way forward!

Shadow Box Frame

Steps Of Preserving Wedding Bouquet In Shadow Box

  1. Remove the glass of your shadow box frame and ensure your floral foam (oasis) fits the box, you'll need to make sure that there is enough room to add your flowers.

  2. Now that you're sure the floral foam is the right size you can start preparing your blooms. In order to prepare them, you'll need to wrap the garden wire around each individual flower and secure them in place with hot glue.

  3. Once all the blooms and foliage of your choice are wrapped with garden wire you can begin to carefully create a flower arrangement by securing the wired stems in the oasis. Feel free to ensure the blooms will still fit within the shadow box as you work.

  4. Now you're happy with the look you've created, you're ready to secure the floral foam to the back of your shadow box frame. Apply hot glue to the back of the oasis and stick it to the back panel of the shadow box, you'll need to work fast to ensure that the glue doesn't dry before you've secured the arrangement.

  5. Secure the glass of your wedding bouquet shadow box and there you have it! Your wedding flowers are beautifully displayed as a keepsake of your wedding day and are ready to hang on the wall as home décor.

Of course, there are a lot of options when it comes to crafting a shadow box keepsake and you can include much more than just your wedding flowers! It's worth having a search for inspiration before settling on a design. We've seen a customer add a photo or even a handful of photos to their wedding shadow boxes. You can even add other memorabilia to the frame such as a spare wedding invitation, messages from guests, or even recreate the buttonhole flower. The most important thing is that the beauty of this art is a reminder of your big day.

Wedding Bouquet Frame Styles

Now that you know how to create your own Wedding Bouquet Frame, it's time to get inspired by some different styles!

The first style is a traditional display and is a great option for brides that had personal items hanging from the ribbon of their bouquets such as photos or personalised charms. You can see below:

Wedding Bouquet Frame

The second style is a more modern take on the Wedding Frames and is perfect for couples that are interested in displaying their bouquet from a bird's eye perspective. Allowing you to fill the frame with your flowers as shown below:

Wedding Bouquet Shadow Box


The third style is the perfect option for couples that want to include more than the bridal bouquet within the Memory Box Frame. We've seen many brides add their groom's buttonhole next to their bouquet within the Wedding Bouquet Shadow Box like so:

Memory Box Frame

The final style is freestyling it! We're sure you're crafty and creative enough to come up with your own design for your wedding bouquet shadow box.

Wedding Bouquet Frame

So, there you have it! You are now a shadow box frame expert. We hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and will be inspired to create your very own Memory Box Frame to enjoy for a lifetime. If you're struggling to make your own Shadow Box Frame, don't worry – we can help! Just visit our online store and order one of our own Shadow Box Frames, our team will do the hard work for you. Just ensure you send your blooms before your honeymoon and we'll get to work creating a keepsake to last for life. Thanks for following along with us, and happy crafting!


Last Updated 16.08.2022

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