19 June 2009

Shadow Box Made Simple

Whenever we travel, we always take something back home with us. It can be a lesson learned, a new friend, a funny memory or something more tangible like a souvenir. This week, I showed you that souvenirs need not be expensive. In fact, many souvenirs are free. We just need to know what to do with them so that they'll keep reminding us of that fabulous trip we went on.

Theater tickets and Metro cards are just pieces of paper. But when arranged and placed in a shadow box, you add more meaning to them. Errr,
shadow box? It's a deep picture frame. Not only can you display photos in it, you can add 3-D objects like sea shells, starfish and little toys. You can get one at a home store or you can make your own!

Blah: a plastic box that, until recently, contained some scrumptious chocolates.

Tada!: a shadow box showing off some travel memories of New York City!

How did I do it? I removed the indented plastic insert (to keep chocolates from moving around) that was inside the plastic box and made sure the box was clean inside & out. Then I made a collage using maps, ticket stubs, business cards, a subway ticket, photos and a plastic spork (spoon & fork in one) by gluing these on a piece of cardboard. Then I put the collage inside the plastic box and Tada! instant shadow box!

I hope I've inspired you to collect those mundane objects on your next vacation so that you can turn them into your own personal souvenirs.

Have a wonderful weekend and to all the Dads out there, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


  1. Your shadowbox looks great. I always save mementos like that, but then all too often they end up siting in a box! I really should make a better effort to display them.

  2. Thank you Courtney =) I hope you'll find the inspiration (and time) to create a cute little shadow box!

  3. That's a wonderful idea. I always save those little bits and bobs when I travel. what a unique shadowbox. Great way to repurpose.
    Also, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.
    Cari B

  4. Very clever! What a beautiful idea xx

  5. Many THANKS luckygirlgifts & Kellie! Have a great week ahead =)

  6. What a great idea. I have been holding on some tickets and such from my trip to Paris because I refuse to let go of the past. This is a great way to keep them. Thanks. And thanks for stopping by my blog today. LIke I replied in the comments. I hope that you found your socks. I don't want people losing socks just because they are reading my blog. :)

  7. Hello Amber -- ooohhh a shadow box about Paris! I'm excited for you -- you can add chocolate wrappers & other French labels, too. Enjoy!


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