Guest Picks: Shadow Box Art
Ready made with art or ready to hold your favorite mementos, these shadow boxes put creativity in the spotlight
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Shadow box art, like any old-time craft, can look fresh and modern depending on how you put it together. Check out these ready-made shadow boxes with a graphic, artsy style. And for the DIYer, there are frames and repurposed shelves that could easily display a few favorite mementos. — Jen from The Haystack Needle
Wow, this would even look cool empty. It's a handmade wood shadow box of California, but you can custom order any state you like.
Unexpected color palettes always help make art look more modern. This ready-made shadow box features 3-D hearts in a purple/blue colorway, which stands apart from the expected red and pink hearts usually seen.
This ready-made shadow box houses Scrabble pieces that spell out "Love You" in black and white with a sweet red heart.
White moose and polar bears are set against a plaid background for a wintry, woodsy-style shadow box.
Here's a rad living shadow box that you can buy for your home. It has an airplant terrarium inside.
This wood shadow box comes with the vintage toy trains and engines. The back of the shelf features a clipping from a vintage railroad magazine. I know one toddler who would love this in his room.
This small shadow box display features a bunny, vintage French book pages, moss and a photo of the mountains. This little gem would look adorable in a nursery.
This top-loading shadow box is from Michael's, a great source for shadow boxes in different sizes and colors.
I like the natural wood finish of this shadow box. I could see a Scandinavian-style display created with this frame.
You can see the irregular edges of an original antique fern print on this print. The shadow box is hand-painted in a similar color as the fabric board inside.
Hobby Lobby is a great source for things like shadow boxes. This one has a barn wood color that feels very on trend.
This oak shadow box has a glass front that slides open. You have so many more options for display because of its extra depth.
This shop lets you customize your own shadow box with Scrabble tiles spelling out family names. I like how the background is simply white, so the letters pop.
This Ikea shadow box has been a classic for a while. The clean design keeps the focus on what is inside.
I love the look of this handmade wooden shadow box. The long rectangular design is a shape you don't see often in stores.
This ready-made shadow box features painted figurines of sheep against a starry sky. It's such a sweet display for a kids' room.
Here's another simple shadow box frame for the DIYer. Editing the mementos you want to display is key to creating a shadow box that feels modern.
This vintage shelf would make a great shadow box display. You could create a grid of small mementos, like your favorite rubber stamps, mineral rocks or vintage bottles.
It's helpful to have a simple theme for your shadow box. This ready-made one displays an egg, nest, vintage flashcard and puzzle piece all centered on birds.
Next: 20 Great Ways to Display Family Photos
Next: 20 Great Ways to Display Family Photos
Ideabook updated on Jan. 2, 2013.
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