Even though the post suggested to start it the year you get married, I wanted to make it right away. My boyfriend and I have known each other for 15 years(since I was five!) but we've only been dating for a year and a half and I didn't want to wait for him to propose and then for us to get married(it took him long enough to ask me out).
I'm still using the silver bells to keep track of every year we've been together; then I'm going to use red bells for the year we get married and every 5 year anniversary, and blue bells for the years we have a baby.
(I'll add better pictures when I have the motivation to get out of bed and grab my better camera)
I got the shadow box from Michaels (I think it was around $16; I could have gotten a cheaper one but I liked the detailing on the frame) as well as the bells($4). I got the vinyl decal from this shop on Etsy. And Shayne (my boyfriend) printed this picture out for me for the background
(He edited the colour because I'm not a fan of gold and printed it out using his freakishly awesome printer and crazy thick paper)
Shayne's now really excited to make one to hang up all year 'round except instead of having jingle bells, he wants to put bullet casings in it.