Guys, you know when you see shadow boxes on Pinterest or in catalogs and you think to yourself, “Self, I wish I had kept all those theater ticket stubs to put in one of those-” Oh, you never thought that? Well, what is wrong with you?!?! If you have a collection of any kind, I would highly recommend showcasing in some form or fashion. This kind of memorabilia deserves to 1. be shown off properly, and 2. is a great conversation piece for any room.
SHELLS: If at the end of every vacation you find yourself about 20 shells richer from walking miles of beach, then you should be showing off your treasure in a shadow box. Wondering how to get the shells to stay upright inside the box? Here’s a good blog I found on how to do it, Meadow Lake Road. She starts with the big shells in the front and basically just fills it until the back holds it in place. Check it out here!
CORKS: I’ve also seen a lot of cork collectors. I actually always collect corks and then run out of space in my container. Never having a plan for the damn things, I then throw them out. It’s a compulsion. However, I’m pleased to report that I have started collecting them again with the intention of creating this: An ombre heart, letter, or ampersand. Yes, it’s important to dream big, people. Here’s one of the best tutorials I’ve found, courtesy of Crowning Victoria.
TICKETS: If you hoard your stubs from baseball games, concerts, theater trips, movies, and the zoo, then this is the route for you. It requires minimal effort and looks just as effortlessly cool as it sounds. Some shadow boxes are specifically made for this with a slit on the top, so you just walk by and pop your tickies in! It can’t get any easier than that, folks. Here’s a cute one I found that has a rustic vibe at Inspired Honey Bee.
Now, those are all pretty great, but should you have a specific event you’re looking to commemorate, then you’re going to want to listen up. The Bear & I have recently tied the knot, and since I know we’re both pack-rats, I held on to everything. (When I say everything, I mean everything. The sash and sign from my bachelorette party, every card from every gift, all of the shower invitations, the programs, the wedding invites, the rehearsal invites, the roses, the RSVPs, the flight tickets from the honeymoon, the menu’s from our private honeymoon dinner… Which totally reminds me we took a ton of pics to share of all our fun “resort chic clothes,” and now I’m off track.) Anyway, for the wedding shadow box, pick a few things that compliment each other. Here’s what I used:
- shadow box
- one flower from my bouquet
- the RSVP
- the invitation
- the wedding program
- some unique pins (bumblebees!)