Shadow boxes can be used to display memories or decorative items, such as photos, baby mementos, jewelry, household accessories and seashells. For example, keepsake shadow boxes commemorate loved ones by showcasing items representing their personalities. Old maps, awards or postcards can serve as the background inside an empty frame, and photos, wooden block numbers, badges, labels and trinkets can be arranged as a custom collage.
Parents can capture childhood moments by designing baby shadow boxes for their children. The color scheme can be inspired by traditional newborn colors, and parents can choose personalized items, such as baby hats, socks, bows, booties, block letter initials, hospital cards and diapers.
Old family jewelry or costume jewelry can be transformed into eye-catching artwork with a shadow box treatment. Buying or creating shadow boxes with fabric backing, such as linen, makes it easy to insert pins and hang necklaces, earrings, brooches and bracelets. Straight pins with decorative heads give the shadow box a polished appearance.
Spice shaker shadow boxes can add themed flair to a kitchen or dining space. Colorful patterned scrapbook paper offers a quick way to create a striking background. Velcro dots or other adhesives can be used to attach fun or ornamental spice shakers to the backing. The shadow box frame can be left open with the glass removed if it is too shallow to fit the spice shakers.