Behold! Creative Shadow Box Ideas from ShadowCase

by on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Do you know how you have certain items that you keep, but don’t really know how to display? That’s my problem with a lot of antique jewelry. I put some on my vanity, but at the end of the day sometimes it just looks all jumbled together. Enter: Shadowboxes. They let you frame items other than just pictures.

ShadowCases let you tell a story, and you can pick a theme. Maybe it was an important event like a Ballet recital (I still remember my first one – I was a swan!)  or a Family reunion. Or maybe you want to display the vintage baseball cards your Grandfather collected. Whatever you have a collection if, I’m guessing it’d look better presented nicely!

On ShadowCase.com you can can buy items separatley, or as a kit. They offer different styles of shadow cases, backgrounds aka storyboards and accessories like pins and photo frames to use within the case.

You know how high schools have display cases? Think of this as a mini, personal display case for your house/room.

I was sent the Vintage ShadowCase Kit from ShadowCase.com. And here is what I made, using antique items from my Grandmother:

The beaded purse is something she took to her prom. The little frog on the left is an old-fashioned pill box.  Then there’s a beaded wallet, cameo necklace, glove, and mirror.

This is what was included in the full kit:

  • French Country Ivory ShadowCase
  • Victoria StoryBoard
  • Turtle Dove Accessory Set with 4 designer clips and 6 custom pins
  • 3 Tan Photo Frames

ShadowCase Outer Dimensions: 15″ x 15″ x 3″ Inner Depth: 1 1/2″

The quality is suburb. Because I love romantic things, this style was perfect for me. Especially with my green walls! I do sort of wish I had known what I was going to use, and then gotten a darker background. But I can flip the existing background, and use the brownish side.

Want creative ways to display jewelry if it’s antique and you’re not wearing anymore? Or, you want creative ways to display kids artwork? A shadowcase is going to elevate it more than a frame, and you can even put in more than just the picture. (Ideas: A photo of them, tacked to the side, of the age they were when they made the picture. A seashell if the picture was inspired by the beach. Their signature, or a tiny paragraph story about what the image means to them. Then you could have your kid paint the same sort of picture 10 years later, and put that in a matching shadowbox. It would be a really creative kind of growth chart, in a way. Only it’d show not physical growth, but creative growth!)

I love that they offer complete kits, because to make a shadow box you’ll need all of those tools! The backing that is the specific size is so easy, and the pins are cute because they’re decorated. I didn’t use the paper clips, but I might use them later. And in the meantime – hey – cute paperclips! The one thing I wish I had planned in advance is what I planned to put inside the box. I might have seen if I could get a darker background to show off the light-colored jewelry and antique beaded bag.

If you need some shadow box ideas, here are some featured on ShadowCases:

ShadowCase.com is offering a discount code to She’s Smart readers: SMART30

Disclosure: I was sent an item to review, but was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

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