Have you ever wondered what to do with vacation mementos, family heirlooms or just some of your favourite things? Why not try using shadow boxes. Recently when re-arranging the dining room ( yet again,my family says!) I found some old silverware belonging to my grandmother. My mum had given them to me and I carefully put them away in a drawer and never used them. I decided why not display them where everyone can enjoy them. I bought a shadow box frame from IKEA and then covered the backing with a piece of burlap from a coffee sack used in a previous project ( see Coffee Sack DIY). Next I had to figure out a way to attach the cutlery. I didnt want to use glue and risk damaging them so I sewed them onto the burlap. Then I hung the frame in the dining room. It is nice to see these pieces with history see the light of day! This week I finished another shadow box for my son's room.
My son drinks Jones soda from Starbucks and each cap from the bottles has a saying in. We have been collecting them for a while and finally got enough to fill a shadow box frame.I used the same one as before from IKEA. Then using a glue gun I attached 25 lids to the inside of the frame. Now it's hanging in his room with his own art and pieces made for him by a family friend and talented artist Lisa Lawrenson. I always like art work to mean something, show your personality and add to your own unique space. Basically you could put anything in a shadow box, postcards, old house keys, baby clothes, the possibilities are endless.
Maybe a vacation of a lifetime, never to be forgotten.
How about all the keys from every house you lived in.
Dishes on display
Show off your favourite colourful jewellery until you wear it again.
You can use ready made frames or how about wooden trays with scrapbook paper, or old drawers painted in vibrant colours.
Make your own Shadow box. Don't keep your treasures hidden away, show them off!