My old wooden window shadowbox

Aka my most prized possession.

old wooden window ideas

My husband made this antique wooden window shadowbox for me as a wedding gift when we got married in 2004. We had seen a similar idea at a craft fair and I totally fell in love with the idea. He knew he could DIY this himself, and he nailed it. It’s the most favorite gift I’ve ever received.

old wooden window shadowbox

The day we were leaving on our honeymoon we took my bouquet to a local florist who divided it up while it was still fresh, then freeze dried the flowers into three separate tussy mussies.

fall wedding bouquet

Then, after my awesome photographer Emanuel Neiconi got our wedding pictures edited I ordered three of my favorites to go inside the other three windows. Here is what each pane looks like up close:

old wooden window wedding idea

old wooden window pictures

old wooden window pictures

He boxed in the window using furniture grade 1x4s, then used a piece of pegboard covered with a piece of white matboard for a sturdy backing to hold the weight of the flowers. The tussy mussies are wired through the matboard and pegboard. They have survived two big moves and numerous wall exchanges. He did a great job making it sturdy for me.

old wooden window tussy mussy

old wooden window tussy mussy

old wooden window dried flowers

This is one of those things that if my house was on fire, I would try my best to salvage before it burned down. I love this shadowbox and all of it’s contents for the wonderful memories of our beautiful fall wedding. I will cherish this forever. I love that it’s handmade by my husband, plus the fact that my wedding photos are displayed in such a unique way.

If you want to see more of our actual wedding pictures you can check them out in this post.

If you’d like more great ideas for uses for old windows, check out these fun posts: 

How to make an end table from an old window
Antique window turned picture frame
Old window turned corkboard by Mom4Real

Thank you, J, for always being my handy DIYer. I love you!

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  1. The pics are beautiful! Love the shadow box, that is so sweet of him.

  2. Hi Beth

    Wow what a great idea. With the flowers in there is such a great touch. Love it.


  3. What a beautiful keepsake! I can’t believe how well the flowers kept, great DIY gift!

  4. Wow! What is that pewter holder for the tussie mussies? Those are so sweet.

  5. Its So Very Cheri says:

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  7. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    It’s a beautiful memento & display, Beth. Love it!

  8. This is such a great idea! I keep seeing windows when I antique shop and want one, but didn’t yet know what to do with it. Now I’m all set. This is so beautiful and sweet. Your dress is gorgeous. Simple and sophisticated. You rocked it girl!

  9. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    It’s beautiful, Beth! And what a special gift. You are blessed. 🙂

  10. Pieced Pastimes says:

    Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest Linky follower. Look forward to reading your future posts. Hope you have a chance to visit and perhaps follow me back.

  11. this is just beautiful!! the added deminsions are a perfect touch to show case those pictures!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  12. Karen At Home says:

    Your wedding pictures are stunning Beth! Such a beautiful couple, I love how you are treasuring your memories!!

  13. So cute!

  14. What a beautiful display! Great idea to divide the flowers in 3

  15. fixitfaerie says:

    That is so priceless. I like the idea you had to have your bouquet split in 3 and put in tussie mussies. And then your pictures. Just beautiful.



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