Who doesn't love the look of shadow boxes? I love how simple and creative they can be. There are so many things you can use them for. I used some for Lucy's room to help tie in the tropical theme that I was going for. All you need is some...
Back ground paper (scrapbooking paper)
Hot Glue Gun
Objects to Glue In (I used star fishes)
First take out the back of one of the shadow boxes and lay it onto your scrapbooking paper that you have picked for the back ground. Trace, then cut out.
Then take you items (starfishes) and glue them onto the paper in a nice layout. Once you have them glued and dried to the paper, glue the paper to the backs of the shadow boxes. If you want to, you can even fill the shadow boxes part way with sand to help give a more fun beachy look.
I bought the shadow boxes over at IKEA and got the starfishes and scrapbooking paper from Joanne's. Shadow boxes can run any where from $3 (IKEA) to $20, but it really depends on where you buy them and what size you are looking for. I believe the starfishes cost about $2.99 per bag; make sure you buy a bag that doesn't have broken pieces since they can be fragile. I used the same starfishes for my shadow boxes as I did for Lucy's wood letters, to help tie them together.
But, you can have all sorts of fun with these boxes. You can get a larger sized frame and place the outfit that you brought your baby home from the hospital in or their first day of school. You can even place some of your child's favorite toys in them... well their OLD favorite toys that they don't play with anymore.... you don't want the kids crying and screaming that they can't play with they beloved doll and why is she on the wall! You don't have to stick with children's rooms either. Every time we go on vacation we save things from the trip; maps, hotel keys, ticket stubs, cheesy souvenirs. You can take those items and place them in a box nicely arranged. Then over the years you will have this wonderful wall of memories that will have cherished items from every family trip that you have taken together.
So comb through you old family memories and heirlooms. Find ones that are in need of showing and place them in a shadow box to be displayed!