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Wedding season is well and truly upon us again and with Father’s Day also just around the corner, this project makes a delightful gift for anyone in your life with a fondness for whisky (or brandy, or champagne…!)

This time last year, we were knee-deep in preparations for the besties’ nuptials. When M&C (she who blatantly renamed me and he of exceedingly bad whisky influence) announced they were getting wed, Beloved and I were over the moon.

Luckily for us, they gave us plenty of time to sort out our “you can only wear it to OUR wedding” outfits and their “well they are our besties, so it has to be a good” wedding present.

Even though they didn’t want one.

Choosing a Wedding Gift

Even before the hand-scripted wedding invitation arrived, complete with beautifully delicate, hand-drawn wedding logo created by the Groom, Beloved and I knew whisky was the only logical gift. So we went in search of something wonderful to commemorate their special day; a dram (or two) they’d probably never buy themselves.

When we discovered the tables at their wedding breakfast were being named after whiskies, we knew we were onto a winner.

*high fives all round*

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M’s favourite scotch is Dallas Dhu, a whisky from a Speyside distillery that closed in 1983.

Translation: VERY expensive.

Well naturally.

M has VERY expensive tastes!

(Now you know why we’re such good friends.)

Meanwhile, C’s favourite is Mortlach – a whisky distilled in his childhood home of Dufftown.

After splurging on a bottle of each (well… they are our besties!), we needed to decide how to present them. As premium whiskies, meant to be kept as an investment (do you hear that M?!), it was important that we find something both stylish and practical, that could accommodate both the bottles and their boxes.

Being bloody brilliant at sniffing out stuff online, Beloved discovered this Antique Whisky box on Amazon.

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Designed to fit three bottles without boxes, it was the perfect fit for the still-boxed Dallas Dhu and 18 year old Mortlach.

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Now I COULD have left the box as it was, but that would hardly be very Suzy Homemaker-ish, now would it? So, armed with M&C’s Wedding Invitation and my trusty carbon paper, I went about making it a bit more special.

What I used:

  • Carbon Paper
  • Pencil
  • Permanent Marker
  • Wooden Box – If you want the one I used, you’ll find it here

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How to transfer an image onto wood

First, I scanned M&C’s bespoke wedding logo onto the computer in the highest resolution I had available (2400dpi). Then I created the design around the logo.

As luck would have it, I had the exact font on my system that they used on the invitation.


Once happy with the design, I printed it onto tracing paper and traced the design onto the box using carbon paper, just as I did for OneandSeventy’s house sign. It should then have been a simple case of going over the marks left by the carbon paper with a permanent marker.

But this happened.

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No transfer.
None. At. All.
Nada. Nothing. Zip.

The carbon paper hadn’t worked on the box! I can only think it was down to the finish on the wood, but whatever the reason, I was left with nothing but indents on the wood.


Off I popped for the finest permanent markers I could find and, as carefully as I could, I drew over the indents. It wasn’t the easiest job in the world, but if I angled the light juuuuust right, I could just about see the indents.

I got there in the end and The Besties were over the moon with their special gift.

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may even have shed a tear.
Just the one mind, I wouldn’t want to go ruining her street cred!

I think personalised gifts always go down well, don’t you? Ordinarily, this is an easy technique and can be used on all manner of surfaces. Why not give it a go? Just make sure you regularly check to make sure your design is transferring onto your project!

Top Tip:

Hold the tracing paper to the top of your project using a couple of pieces of masking tape. That way, you can lift the paper from the bottom to check on your progress.

Lesson learned!

As always, if you like this project, please drop a comment below to let me know.

A hui hou,

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