Souvenirs are so much fun to buy, but once you get them home, it’s difficult to find a place to put them all. An effective solution for your souvenir syndrome is a shadow box! I got this neat idea from the study abroad office at my school, and decided to take the idea and make it my own. These boxes are so easy and fun to make, plus you get to display all of your pretty souvenirs for everyone to see!
Things you will need:
– Shadow box (Mine is from Hobby Lobby)
– Glue (superglue for heavier objects, or hot glue)
– Paper for the backdrop (I used a piece of red scrapbook paper with an antique/wrinkled design)
– Piece of plastic for a ‘shelf’
Once you have all of your supplies, you are ready to get started! Cut the scrapbook paper to match the size of the frame, and glue it to the back. Then, arrange your souvenirs on the page the way you want it to look. Once you have your desired look and feel, you are ready to glue. After everything is glued down, attach the back, and voilà! A souvenir shadow box. Super simple, right?
What’s in my box?
This shadow box is full of souvenirs from my recent trip to España! It of course features Don Quijote and Sancho Panza at the top, with a stamp and a key chain of the key to Madrid. A couple of shiny euro coins accompany D. Quijote on his little shelf. There is a miniature fan, and then an envelope full of ticket stubs, receipts, an i.d. card, and more. The two orange ticket things are what I used to access the metro everyday.
If you make a shadow box, be sure to send me a picture! I would love to see 🙂