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Ideas for a Shadow Box for DIY Decor or Amazing Gifts!

There are so many ideas for a shadow box but where to start?? Check out this list of cute shadow box examples to get inspired!

I love the gift of a shadow box! My earliest memories of ones were when my Mom gave me one for graduation from both high school and college.

They displayed the graduation announcement, invitation, graduation brochure, a ton of pictures of myself with friends, and the gift still means so much to me.

I recently made a shadow box for a baby that I have a full detailed tutorial on, but I also wanted to share other ideas for a shadow box with you.

Shadow boxes can be used to showcase so many things, make amazing gifts, or just gorgeous DIY home decor.

Think of all the life events you can make one for babies, graduation, weddings, anniversaries, a new house, adoption finalization day, an amazing vacation, etc.

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Shadow boxes can also be a beloved remembrance piece for loved ones or pets that we have lost.

Before we jump into shadow box examples, let’s talk about where to find one and what you can put inside them.

Where to Buy Shadow Boxes

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You can find shadow boxes at quite a few stores. Blank ones are usually available at local craft stores like Joanns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, etc. Make sure to use your coupons!

Even the Dollar Tree might have some. You can find small ones online here.

You could also probably find some that you could take apart and recreate your own at stores with home decor items such as Target, Walmart, Ross, Marshalls, Kohls, and TJ Maxx.

Amazon also has a good selection.

What to Put in Shadow Boxes

There are so many items you can put in a shadow box to make it either a sentimental gift or for a DIY decoration for anyone’s home.

Here are some things that I have seen around Pinterest on what to add inside a shadow box:

  • paper flowers, paper butterflies or pressed flowers. You can even make designs out of paper flowers such as hearts, cancer ribbon, flag, rainbow, etc
  • memorabilia such as photos, concert tickets, wedding invitations, birth announcements, sports tickets, theater tickets
  • flag for those that served in the military, a medal of honors or other medals, service hat, folded up service shirt, dog tags
  • corks, confetti, pom poms, balls or bells, bottle caps, faux leaves, bells, coins or money
  • shadow box for baby ideas – baby footprints, baby announcement, newborn picture, hospital band, hospital beanie, onesie, sonogram picture, a note from parents, future predictions from family members on slips on pages, first shoes, baby socks, mittens
  • for wedding shadow boxes – wedding photo, dried corsage or bouquet, wedding invitation, vows typed up, Spotify song attached, well wishes from attendees written on slips of paper, rose
  • anniversary shadow boxes – all sorts of tickets from different events attended together, cards or notes that were sent to each other, pictures, keys to houses
  • travel shadow box ideas – pictures from places you visited, brochures and ticket stubs, a playbill from shows, coins or money in different currencies, seashells collected, rocks found
  • in memory of shadow box – something they wore (folded up shirt, scarf, jewelry, hat), something with their handwriting on it, old recipe, lots of photos, collar or leash for pets, dog tags, really anything that reminds you of your loved one

Now let me show you some great ideas for a shadow box I found around the blogosphere. Some of them use a Cricut or other cutting machine and some can be made without the use of one.

Ideas for a Shadow Box!

Shadow boxes can be a perfect way to display memorabilia, pictures, things from nature, or dressed up to be a cute gift for newborns or weddings!

I hope you got some great inspiration for shadow box ideas! There really is no right or wrong way to make one. If it’s a gift, what counts is the thought you put behind it.

If you’d like to save these ideas for a shadow box for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and have a festive season!

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