HOW TO MAKE A DIY HEART DROP GUEST BOOK
Wedding guest books are often an after thought when planning your big day. When my husband and I got married, I spent so much time worrying about the dress, the photographer, the weather, that when it came time to plan the reception, a guest book wasn’t even on my radar. And let’s be totally honest, I was more of an off-beat bride anyway and I wouldn’t have spent the money on a formal guest book even if I had remembered! But that was four years ago, and the guest book scene has changed since then. Now it’s all about drop box guest books that you cherish and display as art, which is an idea I can totally get behind. Here’s how to make your own heart drop guest book for your big day (and save some serious money in the process).
HOW TO MAKE A HEART DROP GUEST BOOK
The best thing about getting married is having all your loved ones in one place, and my hubs and I walked away from our reception wishing we could have bottled that magic. This heart drop guest book is the next best thing. Simply place the guest book on a table with a pen and some wooden hearts, and let your guests sign away. As the hearts collect at the bottom of the drop box, you’re left with a sweet reminder of all the people who shared your wedding day with you.
Full disclosure: Since my husband and I didn’t have a guest book of our own, I went ahead and made one retroactively and I 100% plan on displaying it. Now anyone who comes to our house will be forced to sign the guest book! Sorry I’m not sorry.
- 8.5 x 11″ clip frame
- Modge Podge
- Paint brush
- 1 inch wooden hearts (1/4″ thick)
- 1/2 inch double sided mounting tape
- Gold tape
- X-acto knife
- 80# card stock printed with your details
- Name template (you can get the free template we used by signing up here)
Use our template to create your drop box background (sign up for our Resource Library to get your template), or make your own using Photoshop or Word. Then print it on 80# cardstock.
Use a paint brush to apply an ample coating of Modge Podge to the back of the cardstock.
Separate the glass from the back of your clip frame and place the clips aside. With the Modge Podge side down, place the cardstock over top the back of the frame. Center the cardstock and smooth out any air pockets. Let it dry.
Remove the paper from one side of the mounting tape. Lay it with the sticky side down along the outer edge of your cardstock, allowing about half of the tape to hang over the edge. Remove the paper from the top side of the tape. Go back with a second layer of mounting tape, remove the paper from one side and apply it directly overtop the first layer of tape (you want to create about 1/4″ between the glass and the back of the frame so your wooden hearts can fit comfortably and drop to the bottom of the frame). Don’t remove the paper from the top piece of tape just yet.
Do this for the bottom, right and left sides of the frame, but leave the top open.
Once you’ve applied all the mounting tape, flip the frame over and go back with an X-acto knife and cut off the tape that’s hanging over the edge of the frame. Flip the frame so it’s right side up and remove the paper from the top side of tape. Center your glass on top of the frame, being sure to line up the edges, then press it down so it sticks to the mounting tape.
Place your gold tape so that it hides the mounting tape underneath, and seal off the sides and bottom of your frame. Note: I originally used gold paper tape for this project, and while it looked great, it didn’t stick for more than a few days (womp womp…). Instead I recommend using a heaving duty gold tape like this Gold Metallic Duck Tape. It will still look pretty and it should hold up much better over the long run than a less-sticky tape.
Fold the tape over the edges of your frame and press down tightly to secure.
At your reception, place your frame on a table with a bowl full of wooden hearts and a few pens. Prop up a sign asking your guests to sign the hearts and drop them in the box!
And after your wedding, don’t forgot to apply tape to the top of the frame to seal the whole thing off. Use 3M tape or a picture hanging kit to hang the guest book on your wall.