Achievement Unlocked

I can’t remember when, or where (where on the internetz, of course) I saw a cute wedding pic with the couple kissing and holding in front of them the Xbox “Achievement unlocked” sign, and right then and there I knew we should have one at our wedding. You see, my husband and his friends are big Xbox enthusiasts (BIG), and I knew this would be a hit.

Image via Gamerfitnation

The problem now was how to do it. I cannot for the life of me draw, so drawing was absolutely out of the question—printing it was.

I thought about printing the logo and the letters on photographic paper (so they’d look like the screen). The local Office Depot prints tabloid-size photos (the size of two letter sheets side by side) at a very affordable price, so all I had to do was get a nice quality image.

I downloaded an Xbox wallpaper that included a great view of the X logo.


Image via Only HD wallpapers

Then, using MS Paint (yes, Paint!—because I am lame like that) I drew the circle around it that indicates the player, added the letter, sized the image,  and printed and cut it.


MsPaint result


Print file

For the rest of the sign I got a big piece of black card stock. I used a plate and a ruler to make the form of the sign; since the card stock was not long enough I cut it in two sections and then just glued them together, glued the whole thing to a piece of cardboard to give it strength, and then just glued on the logo and letters, covered it all with self-adhesive clear paper, and voila!


I have zero pics of the process, but how about a diagram?

I am very happy with how it turned out. Mr. Toadstool and our friends loved it, and it’s now a nice décor item in our family room.


Personal photo

Photo by Alberto Alcorta

The “got married” is over the original cover paper—maybe one day I’ll peel it off and change it out for “pregnant”? Just an idea.

Did you/will you make any special props for pictures?


Mrs. Toadstool

Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
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  1. Member
    merrysextower 13 posts, Newbee @ 2:33 pm

    I love this!! My FI and I are gamers.. and I never would have thought of this! Amazing picture!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 2:35 pm

    WOW this is so original and creative. I’m a closet gamer (XBox is my console of choice!) so I find this even more cool. Props to you girl!

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 2:39 pm

    So cool! Mr. Ly would have LOVED this!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:32 pm

    So cute! Mr. T is a big gamer, too.

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    mrsmayabee 118 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:45 pm

    This is awesome! Great job!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:57 pm

    Such a cute prop for your photos!

  7. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:04 pm

    awww such a sweet idea and fun prop! Great job!

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    sarah, Guest @ 6:07 pm

    LOVE this idea :)

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 6:16 pm

    AH!!! i absolutely love this!! and so would my husband- wish I had seen this before our wedding. But love the idea of doing it for a having a baby or some other big life event.

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    wrestlerslove 163 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:24 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration. My Fi and I are mega gamers (PS3 COD) this is perfect and will make for a great surprise for him.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:38 pm

    I love this idea. so cute.

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 8:39 pm

    We’re both gamers, and when you first posted the pic with that sign I loved it.

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    msjackrabbit 1080 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:29 pm

    This is SO COOL. I love little ‘in jokes’ and this was done really well!! :)

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 5:47 am

    Oh it made for the cutest pictures of you guys!!

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    wilmat 31 posts, Newbee @ 5:52 am

    I loved it.Great job!

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    LisaL1984 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:50 am

    I LOVE This! I can’t wait to make it for my wedding since my fiancee is a HUGE World of Warcraft player.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:14 am

    This is super cute! I love that you’ve incorporated it into your home decor as well.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:43 am

    This is so cute! I love the picture!!

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    thisorderistall 457 posts, Helper bee @ 11:06 am

    So awesome! My FI has talked and talked about this. We will for sure be doing this, but I wasn’t sure how. This is really helpful, thanks!

    Also, I love the idea for using it again as “got pregnant”

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    Yaritza Rivera, Guest @ 8:20 pm

    Would you consider making these and sling them on etsy? I am terrible at DIY projects and thought etsy would definitely have them but nope!

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    Yaritza, Guest @ 10:42 am

    Anyone know where I could purchase one from? I’m horrible with DIY projects.

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